There’s an abundance of coffee shops to choose from in Boise. Like coffee, they all have a distinct vibe of their own. Wherever you wind up for your morning cuppa, the wi-fi—like the coffee—flows freely if you need to do a little remote work.
Eight great coffee shops to work from
The Flying M
A vibrant place to celebrate pride and individuality, The Flying M is one of Boise’s oldest boutique coffee shops. “The M” features house-roasted signature blends and a variety of single-origin coffees from around the world. Grab some fresh, daily-baked goods to go with your morning joe, and be sure to peruse the gift shop for an eclectic assortment of curious and quirky gifts. New local artists are featured monthly.
Form & Function
What’s in a name? With Form + Function, there’s more than just coffee-slinging going on. Their passion for making coffee is matched only by their drive for sustainability and social responsibility. The space is open, loft-style with clean lines, a limited color palette and a modern, minimalist aesthetic. Here, you’ll find sustainably-produced coffee and an assortment of homebrewing supplies. In-depth classes are also available for those who wish to dive deeper than their cup.
For over 20 years, Dawson Taylor has become a focal point on 8th Street between Idaho and Bannock in downtown Boise. Their hands-on roasting approach brings out the very best flavor in the bean. There’s plenty of outdoor seating and people-watching to be had.
Like so many other independent coffee shops, The District shares a community-minded, socially responsible mindset. This is a coffee shop with a big love for making great-tasting coffee. Their mid-century-inspired ambiance with loads of natural light makes The District a cozy spot for studying, working or just hanging out. And when you’re feeling a little morning tummy grumble, try their hot breakfast or a pastry made fresh in-house daily.
Slow by Slow
Located in Boise’s BoDo (Boise Downtown) district, Slow by Slow is a regular spot for laptop nomads and creative types. Your cup is in the capable hands of some of the most highly-skilled and knowledgeable baristas anywhere. Ask them about any of the independent roasters they are featuring, and they’ll give you that roast’s life story. They’re not coffee snobs. They’re coffee know-it-alls whose passion for the perfect pour is rivaled only by their freakishly friendly service.
Hyde Park was the first commercial district outside of Boise in the historic North End neighborhood. Today, this area continues to be a draw for the dining and shopping set. To the north are miles of foothill trails and to the south is downtown Boise. In the middle of it all is Hyde Perk. Beyond namesake wordplay, coffee, pastries and breakfast await in this warm, Victorian-era building. Make Hyde Perk your next coffee hangout and you won’t be disappointed.
Java Coffee & Cafe
When Java started in 1991, the owner, Todd Rippo, set out to design a place “where he would want to hang out.” Java has a hand-crafted bakery menu, as well as breakfast and lunch menus inspired by his California roots. They use fresh-roasted, fair-trade relationship coffees in “an inviting, rock n’ roll atmosphere.” If you like loud music and delicious coffee, you’ll love Java.
Neckar offers a sleek space to grab a fresh cup of joe and chat with friends or do some work on your laptop. It’s completely free of pretension–in fact, that’s exactly the way they like it. Simple is better. This is not the kind of place where you have to know the difference between a cappuccino and macchiato to be able to place an order. Come as you are and leave even happier.