As Boise continues to grow and gain a vibrant local personality, craft beverages are making their mark on the city’s food scene. In downtown Boise alone, there are over 13 locally-owned, craft coffee shops with every vibe you can imagine—from Instagram-worthy aesthetic to eclectic, cozy to bustling, breakfast spot to late-night study haunt. Coffee has almost undeniably become a part of Boise’s identity, and we have a feeling the coffee slinging crew is just getting started.
Dawson’s Downtown Coffee House
Wintery Spiced Latte photo courtesy of Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters
Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasting Company has its roots in Idaho since its founding in 1995. This specialty coffee roasting company has expanded over the years, growing its footprint while maintaining high environmental friendliness and quality standards. Their downtown coffee house has stood on 8th Street for years, becoming a well-known icon and favorite local hangout.
Hours: Mon-Sat 6AM-8PM, Sun 7AM-7PM | dawsontaylor.com
219 N. 8th St., Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 336-5633
District Coffee House
Photo courtesy of District Coffee House
An airy, hip atmosphere, fresh pastries, and espresso bar are all part of what makes The District a local favorite. They serve craft pour over coffee with several single origin options, as well as smoothies and espresso drinks, appealing to both the connoisseur and the average coffee drinker. The District operates as a non-profit and was recently purchased by the owners of Form & Function, another downtown coffee shop.
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30AM-6PM, Sat & Sun 7AM-4PM | districtcoffeehouse.com
219 N 10th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 343-1089
Flying M Coffee
A favorite late-night study spot, Flying M Coffee sports a quirky, eclectic vibe with rotating art and off-beat gifts decorating the walls and shelves. Whether you’re looking for a fresh-squeezed glass of orange juice, a specialty coffee beverage, or a novelty Ryan Gosling calendar, you’ll find it at Flying M. Their menu also features in-house baked goods and a few savory options.
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30AM-11PM, Sat 7:30AM-11PM, Sun 7:30AM-6PM | flyingmcoffee.com
500 W Idaho St #100, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 345-4320
Form & Function
Photo courtesy of Form & Function
An Instagram-worthy seating area and specialty coffee are par for the course at Form & Function, one of downtown’s newer coffee shop additions. Nestled in the lower level of the Fowler, a luxury apartment building, Form & Function is making waves in the local coffee community with quality roasting and espresso drinks.
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30AM-5PM, Sat & Sun 8AM-5PM | formandfunctioncoffee.com
511 W Broad St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 433-5108
A Hyde Park staple, Hyde Perk tucked into the idyllic North End on historic 13th Street. Hyde Perk features a variety of iced and hot specialty coffee drinks, teas, pastries, and dry goods from Boise businesses. The welcoming atmosphere invites you to sit and read, pop option your laptop, or meet up with a friend.
Hours: Mon-Fri 5:30AM-10PM, Sat 6AM-10PM, Sun 7AM-8PM | hydeperkboise.com
1507 N 13th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 345-2046
Croissant and Kouign Amann - Photo courtesy of Janjou Pâtisserie
Janjou Pâtisserie’s contemporary space is the backdrop for truly stunning French pastries and espresso. Eclaires, croissants, macaroons, tarts, and more line the cases, fresh-made and created by chef and 2016 James Beard Award finalist Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas. Order a cup of coffee to go along with your indulgence and enjoy this North End gem.
Hours: Tues-Sat 7AM-4PM, Sun 8AM-2PM, Closed Mon | janjou.com
1754 W State St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 297-5853
Famous for their “Bowl of Soul” drink, Java is a small Idaho-based chain of coffee shops with light breakfast and lunch fare. Try a Thai coffee or a Bahkti spice Chai with your food. The downtown location on 6th Street is a student favorite and a common meet-up spot. The second Boise Java location is in Hyde Park. A spacious patio and cozy interior make Java Hyde Park a popular gathering place.
Hours: Mon-Fri 6AM-8PM, Sat 7AM-8PM, Sun 7AM-6PM | javabowlofsoul.com
223 N 6th Suite 110, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 345-0777
Photo courtesy of Neckar Coffee
Riding the wave of interest in craft coffee in Boise, Neckar Coffee has recently opened a storefront operation to augment their existing roasting business in downtown. Neckar’s new space has a clean and modern look and features a top-of-the-line manual espresso machine. Neckar’s philosophy of avoiding automation and creating the highest quality coffee comes through in the design of their new coffee shop, one Boise is sure to welcome with open arms.
Hours: Mon-Sat 7AM-5PM, Sun 8AM-3PM | neckarcoffee.com
117 S 10th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 424-6938
Push and Pour
Right outside downtown Boise is the burgeoning Live, Work, Create district, full of wineries, breweries, restaurants, and venues. Push and Pour is a part of this energetic area and offers delicious coffee in an industrial, vintage-inspired atmosphere. The relaxed feel of this coffee shop fits well into the artsy, avant-garde vibe of Garden City’s newest additions.
Hours: Mon-Fri 7AM-6PM, Sat & Sun 8AM-6PM | pushandpour.com
214 East 34th Street, Garden City, ID 83714 | (208) 488-4747
Slow by Slow
'Pour over' photo courtesy of Slow by Slow
Known for their exceptional pour overs and artisanal coffee, Slow by Slow slings coffee from their chic, retro storefront in Boise’s Arts and Cultural District. Slow by Slow also sells popular branded merchandise showcasing collaborations with local Boise artists. Grab a cortado or a single origin pour over and settle into this comfortable space.
Hours: Mon-Sat 7AM-5PM, Sun 9AM-2PM | slowbyslow.com
403 S 8th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 433-5108
Whether you want a classic cup of Joe with a bagel on the side or a single origin pour over, Boise has the coffee you’re looking for.
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