Finding a good coffee shop is as much a part of travel as finding a wave or a powder stash.
Coffee shops are truly that ‘third place’; a great way to get a taste of a new town, talk to some locals behind the coffee bar, and see whether there are people posting up in there to work, talk, just read the paper, or some combination of all of them.
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Vail is both an international destination and local haunt, always balancing these two forces (not always with success).
There are multiple options for great coffee shops in Vail, and these coffee shops range from true third-wave quality to old favorites.
I usually find myself getting coffee at Yeti’s Grind when I’m in Vail. This coffee shop has been serving up the goods for years now – plus the great location in the center of Vail Village makes it pretty convenient.
Unravel Coffee Vail
Unravel Coffee is really an interesting story of a third-wave coffee shop embracing all aspects of their impact and supply chain. If you’re looking to support a local coffee roaster who is also really taking a strong stand on the impact of their waste, then Unravel Coffee is for you.
Plus their beautiful coffee shop in Vail (or Breck, Denver, Aspen, Winter Park) is something to see. So while you might be in a rush to grab a cup to go in the morning, make some extra time, sit and relax and enjoy what they’re building here.
I have a soft spot for the the Sonnenalp in Vail due to a great snowboarding trip I had here with my brother years ago. It was just one of those experiences that sticks with you.
That being said, Treff Cafe wasn’t there when this happened, but the location is really great and offers a patio to kick back and enjoy a good coffee after hitting the slopes.
Gorsuch Ski Cafe
Gorsuch Ski Cafe is a bit of a high end gear shop just getting in on the coffee trend, but their location near the Gondola One makes it a good spot to get that quick cup in the morning on your way to the lift.
They serve up Illy coffee, which while not bad by any stretch, just isn’t the same as finding some local roaster in my book.
Two Arrows Coffee and Bar
Two Arrows Coffee and Bar, located right in Vail Village works for both your pre-ski coffee and your apres-ski cocktail.
From coffee to bagels, Two Arrows Coffee is teaming up with high-quality local suppliers to provide a delicious experience to everyone walking through their doors.
Loaded Joe’s is the spot for coffee, drinks, and crazy breakfast sandwiches to get you going. Located right near the Vail Transportation Center and parking garage, there’s a good chance Loaded Joe’s will be a good spot to get your coffee when you roll into Vail.
Or need that cup before hitting I-70 back home? Grab a seat on Loaded Joe’s patio and take a load off before jumping back in the car.
Bean and Gone
Bean and Gone is located on the 5th floor of the Four Seasons in Vail. So, you know…
Larkspur Market is less coffee shop than grocery store, but it’s probably the best option if you happen to be staying on the east side of Vail Village or plan on hitting Lift 6 in the morning.
Coffee Shops Colorado
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More Coffee and Travel Inspiration
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