If you’re looking for some of the best Breckenridge coffee shops out there, read below:
COOL RIVER COFFEE HOUSE
325 S. Main St, Breckenridge
Everything is homemade at Cool River Coffee House, located on the Blue River at the south end of Breckenridge across from The Dredge. The shop serves coffee drinks like mochas, lattes, and espressos, breakfast and lunch; pick up a meal to go or relax a minute and enjoy free internet while you do so. The Egg Man sandwiches, which come in several varieties for $4.85, are a popular breakfast pick, as are the fresh bagels. For lunch, don’t miss the Turkey Berry Avocado sandwich, made with cranberry cream cheese on one side and cranberry sauce on the other.
THE MUG SHOT CAFE
435 N. Park Ave., Breckenridge
The Mug Shot Café is located in the same building as Alpine Sports at the north end of Breckenridge near City Market. The shop brews Conscious Coffee (formerly Breckenridge Roasters), made from fair-trade beans with a reputation for top taste and quality.
For breakfast, choose from a full bakery selection including gluten-free choices, egg sandwiches, a breakfast taco bar (think eggs, hash browns, beans and more), a smoothie bar, and granola, to name a few. For lunch, grab one of The Mug Shot’s creatively jail-and courthouse-themed sandwiches (the shop is across the street from the jail) such as the District Attorney—roast beef, pepper jack, horseradish, and onion on wheat bread—and pay a mere $6 to $6.75 depending on your choice. Don’t miss the house-made blueberry muffins and scones.
505 S. Main St., Breckenridge
Coffee Depot, located at Main Street Station near the Village at the base of Peak 9, is a local’s favorite for breakfast burritos, where $4.95 gets you meat-free and $5.65 gets you sausage, plus local’s discounts and buy-9-get-1-free. Also on the wakeup menu are breakfast sandwiches and a variety of pastries, and the shop pours three different kinds of Dazbog drip coffee daily—medium, dark, and a flavor of the day.
There are lattes and other specialty drinks, iced or hot, three different flavors of smoothies, and a lunch menu of sandwiches. Coffee Depot has free wireless internet for customers and a small lounge with tables and chairs, plus local handicrafts and other tchotchkes for sale. Don’t miss the assorted pastries, including muffins, scones and a variety of turnovers and croissants.
THE CROWN CAFE
215 S. Main St., Breckenridge
The Crown Café, located in an upstairs storefront on Main Street Breckenridge, is an eclectic and comfy hideaway that serves Silver Canyon coffee, cocoa, cocktails and everything in between, from hot coffee liqueurs to an affordable selection of wines. The Crown offers wireless internet and board games, which you can enjoy on a sofa, at one of a variety of table-and-chair arrangements, or in front of the fireplace—a cool hangout for out-of-towners and students alike.
Breakfast and lunch are served open to close and include a variety of egg scrambles, a pesto cheesemelt, lasgne, a warm brie, apple, and chipotle sandwich on a croissant, a popular chicken salad sandwich, and a Thai wrap, to name a few. For dessert there’s ice cream and baked goods, including gooey chocolate cake in both gluten-free and regular varieties. Don’t miss the owner’s homemade quiches—ham and potato, broccoli tomato, and two spinach quiches (one vegetarian and one with bacon).
118 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge
Cuppa Joe opened in August of 2013 in the space that Mountain Java once occupied upstairs from Arrow Insurance on Ridge Street. Since then, owner Johanna Hirschboeck has put her own touch on the place, from modern décor to rotating art shows featuring anything but mountain kitsch. In its short time in operation, the quaint but edgy shop quickly became a local’s favorite.
The coffee comes from the award-winning Denver roaster, Novo, and breakfast and lunch items feature fresh ingredients and unique pairings. Gluten free offerings include pastries and tortillas to wrap much of the savory fare. Don’t miss the oatmeal latte—house oatmeal, spices and sugar in steamed milk over espresso.
And, if that doesn’t get you going in the morning, here are a few other coffee shops to try out:
AMAZING GRACE NATURAL EATERY
213 Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge
CLINT’S BAKERY & COFFEE
131 S. Main St., Breckenridge
STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY (locally owned in Breckenridge)
225 S. Main St. Breckenridge