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Best Brooklyn Coffee Shops

Where to get warm and caffeinated in Brooklyn

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There may be a Starbucks lurking around every corner, but these seven independent Brooklyn coffee shops won't steer you wrong when it comes to delicious, hot beverages to keep you toasty this winter. And you'll be supporting a local business. It's a win/win situation.

1. Blackbird Parlour

If you are in need of atmosphere, look no further than Williamsburg's Blackbird Parlour. Located two blocks from the Bedford L, this cafe features Danesi espresso, your choice of over fifteen types of tea, alcoholic punch, and wine and beer. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are served all day with snacks in between if you get hungry. The only downside is it can get crowded in here and the place is understaffed - and no free refills.

2. Boneshakers

Boneshakers has the corner on the Vegan health market. So if you're interested in a soy burger to accompany your choice of organic tea or coffee, this is your place. Coffee comes from Gimme Coffee and their bread comes from Balthazar - this upscale vegetarian friendly coffee shop is also a great place to sit with a book and savor your drink. Downside: cash only.

3. Gorilla Coffee

Gorilla Coffee, located on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, is the ultimate Park Slope coffee experience. Their free-trade, organic coffee comes from all over the world and it's a huge hit with the Park Slope denziens. If you are a fierce believer in socially-conscious coffee, this is the place for you.

4. Cafe Grumpy

Cafe Grumpy has locations in Greenpoint, Park Slope and Chelsea, making it one of the most popular coffeeshops in New York City. The Greenpoint branch is usually populated by Graduate Students typing away at their laptops, so don't expect to get a seat during the day. Pick up a cup of their coffee, roasted in house!

5. Tillie's

Tillie's of Fort Greene is the real deal community coffee shop. There's an open mic night, a reading salon, live music and food in addition to coffee, and it's a great place to work during the day - one coffee gets you free WiFi but they ask that you limit your use to two hours. In addition to coffee, espresso and tea Tillie's also offers smoothies and vegan pastries.

6. Naidre's

Naidre's has locations in Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, and boasts a delicious menu of sandwiches and salads in addition to their hearty coffee. Weekends can get slammed, but whether you're looking to stop in a for a bite or grab a cup and go, Naidre's is a great choice - and kid friendly, too.

7. Blue Bottle Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee, originally from San Francisco, caters to Foodies and Gourmets with its made to order system. The location in Williamsburg is also its roastery, so step inside for a delicious cup of joe and take a look around.

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