Sometimes you just need a little caffeine pick-me-up to get your day started or to keep it going strong. That’s usually where your favorite local coffee shop comes in. But, when you’re on vacation, it can be difficult to know where to go to find the best java. Thankfully, if you’ll be visiting Salida or the surrounding area, there are a number of wonderful coffee shops in the Arkansas Valley that are sure to meet your caffeine needs. Here are our picks for the top coffee shops in Salida and Buena Vista (along with some customer reviews) so you can find the perfect place to fuel up for all your outdoor adventures.
Coffee Shops in Salida
From the business: “Howl is an Experiential Retail Environment that marries the disciplines of craft coffee and the selling of artisanal craft goods. We proudly serve Corvus Coffee’s Cold Brew and Pour Over from Denver. We chose Corvus because of their commitment to sustainability and we believe their mission compliments our own in that they focus on the craft of coffee and sourcing ethically.”
Customers say: “If you’re a coffee lover and you find yourself in Salida, you must go to Howl Mercantile & Coffee. Kimi offers delicious Corvus pour over coffee, nitro iced coffee and refreshing Dram Apothecary blended iced teas!! In addition to the amazing beverages and toasts– Howl sells beautiful, local and American-made jewelry, art, clothing, household items and cards (just to name a few)!” Kathleen M. / Yelp
“Pour over coffee is excellent! The merchandise is unique, gorgeous and would be so thoughtful if given. I wish I lived here so this would be my go to store for gift giving and amazing coffee.” Julie K. / Facebook
Howl Mercantile & Coffee can be found at 130 West 1st Street.
From the business: “Cafe Dawn offers a delicious cup of coffee, great service and a wonderful view. Established in 2008, Cafe Dawn has been voted Best Coffee Shop multiple times by the community. We are dedicated to consistently serving high-quality organic coffee and tea. Additionally, Cafe Dawn serves house-made, boiled and baked bagels along with locally-made baked goods and breakfast items.”
Customers say: When you visit Cafe Dawn, you’ll find that “[t]he lattes are always good and artistically made. When you stay there, coffee is served in a regular cup. The atmosphere is quirky and fun. Staff are attentive. It’s a great place to work or read.” Joni G. / Yelp
“Great Café with a welcoming feel and friendly atmosphere. Location ideal and the coffee is great! We always stop there as part of the Salida experience.” Elida F. / TripAdvisor
The cafe is currently located at 203 West 1st Street, but it will be moving to 122 East 1st Street in February 2018.
From the business: “We specialize in artisan roasted, 100% USDA Organic coffee. That’s the main thing. Really, really good coffee! We also have a nice selection of smoothies, baked goods and breakfast burritos.”
Customers say: Their location right on the main road makes them a “great place for a coffee before or after hitting Monarch Mountain. The staff is super friendly, and they have some really good baked goods.” Nathan T. / Google Reviews
“If you are in Salida and are a coffee drinker I highly recommend the Mexican Mocha and a breakfast burrito offerings by Ross and his team. The drink and food is almost as good as the conversation. Sit down enjoy your drink and do some people watching. The exchange between the regulars and Ross are worth the price of the coffee alone. This is a gem of a place.” Joseph B. / Yelp
You’ll find Sacred Ground Coffee at 216 West Rainbow Boulevard.
Coffee Shops with Locations in Both Salida & Buena Vista
From the business: “Formally the original Bongo Billy’s Café, we have been a favorite of Buena Vista and Salida locals and travelers alike since 1995. Brown Dog Coffee Company is dedicated to offering our customers the absolute best customer service and the BEST product quality there is. We have great outdoor seating with a wonderful view of the Collegiate Peaks and free wi-fi. Our bakery items are lovingly crafted on site to bring you the best breakfast and lunch selection in town. We offer only the highest quality freshly brewed coffee, which we roast up right here in our Buena Vista café.”
Customers say: “This place is awesome. Super cute, pretty cheap, the brownies at the counter rock. My wife had a decent salted caramel latte, I had a cup of coffee and a quiche. We hit coffee shops on our road trips and have been to a lot. I kid you not, this is my favorite place in Colorado.” Jed S. / Google Reviews (Salida location)
“Brown Dog is a must stop for us if we get to be in the area. They have a great selection of coffee roasted onsite – to the right as you walk in the door. You can get your favorite coffee by the pound as well as mugs, hats, T-shirt’s, and local art. Great choices of sandwiches and other food for a meal or a snack. This weekend, front and center in the deli case, they featured tiramisu. Not just tiramisu but the best tiramisu I have ever eaten in my life.” Sena J. / Yelp (Buena Vista location)
In Salida, Brown Dog Coffee is located at 104 F Street and in Buena Vista, it’s at 713 US 24.
Coffee Shops in Buena Vista
Cool Beans Coffee and Collectibles
From the business: “Mom and Pop Coffee Shop: Come in, grab a cup of coffee and wander through our gift shop. We offer a few breakfast options and seating. We hope to see you!”
Customers say: “Love this coffee shop! Our rocket man coffees were absolutely delicious. Plus, the building is awesome and the lady working there is really nice. Check this place out! You’ll love it!” Jonathan W. / Google Reviews
“Dropped in for a quick iced coffee before my journey. The person there was about as friendly as you could get! Parking was great. No line for the coffee. The shop was really cute. Oh, and the coffee was excellent!” Jared K. / TripAdvisor
Cool Beans Coffee and Collectibles is located at 328 Charles Street.
From the business: “We have been roasting coffee since 1994. Starting as Bongo Billy’s, we were the first roastery and coffee shop in Buena Vista, CO. We have since evolved into the Buena Vista Roastery and proudly supply businesses and ship coffee to individuals around the country. We source 100% Organic Coffee and are Fair Trade certified.”
Customers say: “Great little spot to hang out, do some work and enjoy a fresh brew of your choice. Located right on Main Street in BV. I had the Almond-Joy (mocha with almond and coconut syrup topped with whipped cream), if you like the chocolate bar, you will like this! Friendly and fast service with a very relaxed atmosphere. I’ll be back next time I’m visiting Buena Vista or even passing through!” Iris S. / Yelp
“This was the type of coffee shop that I could visit everyday. I went in to get a tea, but the coffee menu was so creative and interesting that I took much time to decide which to get. I chose the Moroccan because I love cardamom, but the Dirty Hippie was a close second. The coffee was excellent. The service was great. The items for sale were interesting. The atmosphere was relaxing, all that one wants in a great coffee shop.” TripAdvisor
You’ll find the Buena Vista Roastery Cafe at 409 East Main Street.
From the business: “We don’t want to just make you tasty food, we want to give you an incredible experience, a place to return to weekly. It’s why we’re on main street in Buena Vista. It’s why we’re right next to a delightful splash park. And it’s why we’re so passionate about creating a destination worth visiting.”
Customers say: “Happy to find them open at 6:30…a half hour ahead of other options. Friendly service, good coffee, and a steak and egg crepe for breakfast that was so delicious that I want to go back for lunch! So lucky to have businesses like this on historic Main Street!” Linda B. / Facebook
“Not only is the food great, but Jake (the owner) has created a space in a great location with wonderful simple and welcoming esthetics. Fun to sit at a table with windows looking out onto Main Street and also the splash park next door. Buena Vista has been ready for a new alternative to the other great coffee and houses and now we have one that serves crepes.” Todd H. / Yelp
The Midland Station is located at 301 East Main Street.