Top 5 late-night coffee shops in Minneapolis

Categories: Coffee Snob, Top 5

Tatiana Craine
A little bit of caffeinated love for the long night ahead...
Whether you're a student up late trying to cram for your next test, a writer trying to finish that last chapter, or just about anyone who likes the calm, nighttime ambiance of coffee shops, you know it can be difficult to find a good spot to work after dusk. Fortunately for you, we've done the location scouting for you, so you can get down to the work you should be doing.

Here are five of our favorite places in Minneapolis to burn the midnight oil.

See also:
Top 5 late-night coffee shops in St. Paul
Top 10 coffeehouses in the Twin Cities

Tatiana Craine
Hard Times for study time
5. Hard Times Cafe
Monday - Sunday: 6 a.m. - 4 a.m.

In terms of sheer business hours, Hard Times has 'em all beat -- unless you count 24-hour chains like Perkins (we don't.) Nestled in Cedar-Riverside, this coffee shop collective is perfect for those nights when you just need a simple cup o' joe and a place to work. Be prepared to meet a grungy crowd of folks that are just as comfortable rolling up to the Nomad for a beer at bar close as they are sitting down for a cup of coffee and a tempeh Reuben at Hard Times in the wee hours of the morning. There's always a well-stocked case of baked goods for whenever your stomach rumbles during the evening... and the kitchen only closes when the shop does (between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m.), so you can satisfy even the most vocal belly after a long night of hitting the books. Oh, and remember to bring cash.

Tatiana Craine
Muddy Waters
4. Muddy Waters
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Saturday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.

While this is one of those places that opens as a coffee shop and closes as a bar -- there are still a few booths available post-midnight where you can hunker down with a quick double-shot (of espresso!) while you work. This is one of those places you could literally spend a whole day in -- from your morning dose of caffeine and brunch to a filling dinner, post-meal coffee, and beyond. If for some reason you're feeling antsy, just remember you're smack-dab in the middle of Lyn-Lake, where there's no shortage of other restaurants and bars to visit and you can get a breath of fresh air (though, there's plenty of that with Muddy Waters' flower-filled front window and alley) before getting back to work.

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