Five Coffee Shops for Writing Inspo

Originally posted on September 29, 2021 3:00 pm
Updated on September 27, 2021 2:57 pm

Despite being one of the creative capitals of the world, New Yorkers are no stranger to running out of ideas from time to time. Whether you’re working on a book, script, or your up-and-coming blog, it’s inevitable that you will hit a wall. One of the few solutions for breakthroughs is a change of scenery. 

A new setting can provide a wealth of inspiration and, at the very least, get you out of that cramped apartment where you are typing away night and day with no favorable results. So, here is a roundup of the best coffee shops in New York City. From industrial to whimsical and chic, this list reflects some of the best New York has to offer. 


1. Stella and Fly

1705 First Avenue, New York, New York

It’s hard to put all that this coffee shop has to offer into words, and as the phrase “a picture(s) speaks a thousand words” suggests, Stella and Fly’s beauty is hard to describe. However, here are a few more details that might help to win you over. Stella and Fly offers a merged experienceg as a coffee shop and wine bar, though either can be enjoyed throughout the day, and for the ultimate writing experience, we recommend both. With this shop’s exceptional attention to detail, from the beans to the intimate menu, and its endearing décor, including exposed brick walls and dim atmosphere, Stella and Fly is a mood-setter you won’t want to miss while writing your next piece!


2. Sey Coffee

18 Grattan Street, Brooklyn, New York

Bright, open, and airy are just a few words that can describe Sey and its environment. Sey isn’t for those who desire a dim, homely vibe (which is a valid desire), but rather those who thrive on a lively space. This coffee shop prides itself on having a beautiful space AND beautiful coffee, and their commitment to the delicious craft is very reflective in the feel of Sey. With skylights scattered across the ceiling, exposed piping, cement floors, and plenty of plants for balance, Sey is captivating and the perfect place to settle into for a session of writing. Keep in mind, Sey is a bit more lively than other options on the list. If you require complete silence, Sey may not be for you. However, if you don’t mind a little noise and thrive while surrounded by professionals, Sey is the home away from home that you’ve been needing! 


3. Bar Pisellino

52 Grove Street, New York, New York

An Italian-inspired storefront, guests praise this shop’s captivating blend of elegance and charm. Bar Pisellino features delectable coffee and pastries as well as hand-crafted specialty cocktails. So, if you’ve been procrastinating for quite some time, Bar Pisellino functions as a great way to begin and end the day. Aside from the edibles, this shop features inside and outdoor seating. Outside, you’ll be perched on a village street with plenty of inspo coming from New Yorkers walking by. If you choose to sit inside, you’ll be surrounded by large windows (still plenty of people watching to be had), a fun floor, and the gorgeous bar serving as a focal point. With rich cabinets, marbled countertops, and a funky floor scheme, Bar Pisellino offers warmth and a great place to craft stories filled with character and culture. 


4. Culture Espresso 

72 West 38th Street, New York, New York (Culture Espresso) | 307 West 38th Street, New York, New York (Culture 307)

Culture Espresso, and sister company Culture 307, are great options to spend a few hours and get some work done. It doesn’t hurt that Culture Espresso has one of the best rated chocolate chip cookie in NYC… Everyone needs a reward after a long day of work, just saying! Culture Espresso is conveniently located in the heart of New York City, only a few blocks from Times Square and other attractions. If you’re a tourist looking to kill some time or even a New York native, it doesn’t get much more convenient than this. Boasting Instagrammable latte art, a passion for coffee, and adorable décor, Culture Espresso is great for gathering some ideas – especially if you sit in front of the window-lined seating with a direct view of the city. Make sure to get there early! Spots will fill up, and you’ll want to be sure you’ve got the best seat in the house. 


5. Milk & Roses

1110 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Inside and out, this coffee shop is a dream. The space is so beautiful, in fact, that weddings have been held in the outdoor patio space. Nestled in Brooklyn, Milk & Roses boasts a full menu and delicious coffee options, and equally important, a spectacular ambiance. Inside, you will find book-lined walls, furniture, and accent pieces weathered and like a glimpse into the past. With cushy red booths, warm lighting, and wooden floors, Milk & Roses is the perfect getaway to revitalize that unfinished story or perhaps conceptualize another. Outside is a patio where events, like weddings, are regularly hosted, but guests can enjoy a warm day surrounded by plants, wooden tables, and an invigorating sense of coziness and character when not formally in use.

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