Top 5 late-night coffee shops in St. Paul
No matter how hard you brainstorm during the day, sometimes genius strikes only after dark, so we found a few St. Paul gems where you can sip coffee and do a little work. While we love the coffee and the greasy-spoon food at Mickey's Diner, not to mention its 24-hour, 365-days-a-year schedule, it's just popular enough even at 3 a.m. that you can't hang out for hours at a time.
Here are our favorite places in St. Paul to stay late for another latte:
|Stop by the farmers' market in the morning and Black Dog in the evening.|
Black Dog is just right for folks who want to visit the St. Paul Farmers Market in the morning and then hit the books all day afterward. Just steps away from the market, this spot is a perfect getaway in the middle of the city. With art-filled walls inside, a flower-trimmed patio outside, there's no shortage of space to open up a book and spend a few hours immersed in coffee and lit. There are also a ton of traditional cafe food options if the caffeine jitters start to get to you. And when you're all done studying, Black Dog is also home to a small live music stage (and a killer happy hour.)
|A peek at the mural behind Ginkgo Coffeehouse.|
Monday - Thursday: 6:15 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday: 6:15 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Saturday: 6:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Sunday: 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
For fair-trade fanatics, Gingko is the place to go. With a few different types of fair-trade and organic coffees, this late-night coffee shop is the perfect place to caffeinate and try a new blend, rather than settling for stale Folgers out of a plastic tub. Ginkgo sits right by Hamline University on Snelling Avenue, a short bike (or bus) ride away from Macalester, St. Thomas, and the other colleges in the area. Check their schedule for live music on various nights (usually during the weekend.)