Buffalo’s best cafes to hang out, do work

Get off campus and get s––t done

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Getting out of the house –– and changing out of your sweatpants –– can do wonders for productivity. While Capen and Lockwood can get boring, and so can hanging out in your dorm, or anywhere on campus, Buffalo has some great spots to relax on a study break. 

We’ve compiled some of Buffalo’s best cafes (in no particular order) you can go to for studying, meetings or just hanging out with your friends. 

Daily Planet Coffee Co. 

1862 Hertel Ave., Buffalo 

 Daily Planet is a cozy spot to unwind, get some work done and feel better about your carbon footprint. They are all about doing “something nice for the planet, daily,” sourcing from small Buffalo businesses and supporting local artists, hosting live music events each month. The spot emanates homey vibes, with comfortable couches, lamps, stained glass windows and art.

It offers organically-sourced coffee, tea and other beverages, along with a food menu including roughly six vegan options for lunch and dinner. The location is eco-friendly too, offering recyclable straws, lids and cutlery (and disapproving faces when you order to-go). It is also great value as all beverages are below $5 and food below $10, before special customizations. 

Public Espresso + Coffee

391 Washington St., Buffalo 

Located in the heart of downtown, Public Espresso + Coffee is bright and airy. It is located inside the renowned Hotel Lafayette and has an industrial mid-century yet modern vibe. 

Sipping iced coffee, reading a book and watching cars pass by on the street through the large windows gives a big city experience that many long for in Buffalo. Public’s all-day menu –– with vegan options –– is served until 3 p.m., while coffee, donuts and pastries are served until closing at 3 p.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. on weekdays.  Some of the dishes can get pricey, with the cheapest items on the menu, mostly soups and drinks, starting at $4. Most of the items on the menu are healthy, unique dishes you wouldn’t find in generic cafes. 

If you are feeling experimental, this is the place for you. 

Remedy House

429 Rhode Island St., Buffalo

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Remedy House during golden hour.


At Remedy House, you step out of Buffalo and find yourself in a little cafe on the sidewalk of a quaint French town. It is a semi-outdoor space, and with ceiling-to-floor French windows, you already know the lighting is phenomenal and emphasizes the cafe’s eclectic mid-century look. 

Remedy House offers a wide selection of coffee, tea and other beverages with customizable options, with all but one drink under $5. The food is a bit more expensive, depending on your budget, with most dishes ranging $10. But if economically feasible, they have some delicious delicacies. If you are planning to hunker down to get some serious work done, Remedy House is worth your buck. 

But the best part was the bathroom, which is one of the best I’ve come across in Buffalo and smells like sea salt and coconut. It is decorated with green, tropical-themed wallpaper and plants and even has biodegradable toilet paper. 

Grindhaus Cafe

160 Allen St., Buffalo 

Located in Allentown’s Historic Preservation District, Grindhaus has a warm and rugged ambience with string lights, serving the same rustic energy as a Mumford and Sons concert. 

It has a sizable spread of flavorsome vegetarian and vegan options, handcrafted pour-over coffee and full-leaf teas. The menu is modestly priced with nothing exceeding $10, including food. 

Café 59 

62 Allen St., Buffalo 

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A shot of Allentown's Café 59 from the street.


Café 59, also located in Allentown, is the perfect spot when you’re looking for “art hoe” vibes, full of plants and local artists’ work. 

At night it also transforms into a bar, but it doesn’t get too loud. The food menu at 59 puts all the other cafes to shame. They have an enormous selection of dishes from various cuisines, most of which can be customized to suit your dietary requirements. 

It is best known for its sandwiches, most of which are actually burgers –– don’t be deceived by the menu –– but still slap. The menu is one of the priciest compared to the places above but offers proper sit-down meals. 

Vindhya Burugupalli is a senior multimedia editor and can be reached at vindhya.burugupalli@ubspectrum.com and @moonhorizon__.