Winter is perhaps the best time of year to find a great coffee shop, grab a book and settle in with a warm cup of coffee. You can always find a diner with a bottomless cup of coffee, but why not go all out and enjoy a great cup of coffee in a great space? Around the metro, there are options ranging from converted houses to ultra-sleek modern shops that all take their coffee very seriously.
The Red Cup
3122 N. Classen Blvd. 525-3430
The Red Cup set up shop at NW 31st Street and Classen Boulevard in 1995, and it has changed very little since. Nestled in a converted house surrounded by gardens, The Red Cup has welcomed coffee drinkers (and vegetarians) with its homey feel and eclectic interior that includes local artwork and thrift shop furniture. The exterior is brightly painted with a sculpture of a large cup of coffee sitting high over the front porch.
The Buzz Coffee & Cafe
101 N. Broadway Ave. thebuzzcoffee.com 232-1109
Few outside of downtown know about the Buzz, but those who do flock to this stop in the Underground below the BancFirst building. (Former first lady Laura Bush even stopped in for coffee once when she was in town. Just sayin’.)
The Buzz was Oklahoma City’s first “Seattle-style” coffee shop with an espresso machine perched on the counter and fresh coffee beans ground for each drink.
This is a great place to stop for a few minutes or a few hours.
Gray Owl Coffee
223 E. Gray St., Norman 701-2929
It can be hard to find a seat at Gray Owl due to its popularity with Normanites, OU students, OU professors and people who love great coffee, but be patient and you will be rewarded. Sitting on E. Gray Street in downtown Norman, the shop is another example of a great local business far removed from the chains along Interstate 35. It’s also open late for those who need help staying awake while studying or for those who need some coffee before or after seeing a band at Opolis a block away.