15+ Cutest Cafes in NYC: Instagram-Worthy NY Cafes

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15+ Cutest Cafes in NYC You Need to Check Out

When visiting New York, you should definitely add at least a few cute to your itinerary! With dozens of places all around Manhattan, it might be hard to choose the best NYC coffee shops to visit. So in this list, we are covering the cutest cafes and coffee shops you will want to add to your NYC bucket list! At each New York cafe, you will find cool decor perfect for your Instagram feed and a selection of mouth-watering menu options to choose from…what more could you want?!

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M-Tea one of the cutest Cafes in NYC

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Hutch and Waldo

Hutch and Waldo take its inspiration from its Australian roots and inject a dose of sunny Sydney into New York City. Hutch and Waldo is a welcoming spot for co-workers and friends to gather in a place where you will be ‘treated like family.’ With its slogan matching the vibe by being, “We don’t just sell sandwiches, we sell vibes.” They even have doggie bowls outside for your furry friends.

The café itself has a rustic, vacation-like atmosphere decorated with light blue and beachy tones, making the lighting impeccable for that perfect Instagram shot! And with cute outdoor seating on a New York City street, this is easily one of the best cafes in NYC.

The menu is decorated with a vast array of breakfast and lunch options accompanied by a gluten and dairy-free menu, too! For tea lovers, Hutch and Waldo have 4 varieties of tea to choose from as well! They also have a 48-hour cold brew and great drip coffee.

Address: 247 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

Hours: Everyday 7 AM – 4 PM

Hutch and Waldo cafes in NYC


Maman is a New York-based French cafe and one of the cutest cafes in NYC. When you enter this cafe, you will be greeted with a fresh aroma of coffee and an entire menu of delicious pastries and full meals. This café is super family-friendly with a dedicated children’s menu, which makes this a great place to visit if you have small children. Maman Menu.

They also have photo-worthy decor, pretty latte art, and a wide array of delicious pastries. This Cafe has a ton of locations around NYC. It makes this cafe a perfect stop on a cold or rainy day in NYC.  Some of the most popular locations to visit this cafe include:

  • Meatpacking District
  • Grand Central
  • Hudson Yards
  • Lincoln Center
  • Bryant Park
  • Upper East Side
  • Upper West Side
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Nomad
  • SoHo
Maman pastries at Rockefeller Center Location
Maman Cafe NYC table

Cha Cha Matcha

If you’re looking to brighten up your Instagram feed, Cha Cha Matcha is the place to be, as it is known as one of the cutest cafes in NYC! The Cafe itself is the cutest pink spot, with clear glass windows around the building for the best lighting.

Not only that, but the food and drinks match the entire aesthetic of the shop, with bright green and blue ice cream presented with Instagram in mind. They also have eye-catching drinks that are different from most regular cafés that you visit. This is really a unique spot!

The cafe serves different Matcha variations, which are a great alternative to coffee to give you calm, clear energy to fuel you throughout your day of exploring. Matcha is packed full of antioxidants that will leave you with a ‘smooth buzz’ that won’t make you feel “jittery,” unlike other caffeinated drinks.

With shops located all around New York, you must stop by! 

Locations: Nomad, Noho, Nolita, and Bryant Park.

Hours: 7:30 AM -7:30 PM

Bryant Park: 8 AM- 8 PM

Remi Flower & Coffee

If you’re more of a fan of the traditional, pretty-looking cafes, then Remi Flower & Coffee will be your favorite spot. This cute NYC cafe is described as a shop for flowers, plants, and coffee.

The cafe itself uses beautifully decorated tableware and serves decadent pastries to match the whimsical theme while serving hand-cut bouquets for you to use in photos, gifts, or enjoy for yourself!

They even have cute clear outdoor seating cubes during the holidays in NYC.

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Address: 906 2nd Ave, New York, 10017

Hours: Everyday 8 AM – 6 PM

Remi Flower & Coffee Shop NYC

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Stumptown Coffee Roasters has more of an alternative feel where they focus on high-quality coffee. The venue itself is almost old-fashioned but with an intriguing edge, making it perfect for Instagram photos that stand out from other stereotypical cafés.

The menu largely focuses on its variety of coffees but also includes various food options to choose from.

Address: 18 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 AM – 5 PM; Saturday – Sunday 7 AM – 5 PM

Ralph’s Coffee

If you’re a fan of Ralph Lauren, you should visit Ralph’s Coffee. Ralphs Coffee is a continuation of the timeless American spirit and another one of the best cafes in NYC.

The café has a classic New York feel that is essential to spice up your Instagram feed. Ralph’s Coffee menu matches the aesthetic as it includes popular American drinks and signature sweet treats that are delicious!

Address: 160 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7:30 AM – 6 PM; Sunday: 8 AM – 5 PM

Variety Coffee Roasters

Variety Coffee Roasters is the New York cafe you’d expect to see along the streets of New York, which makes it the perfect spot for those aesthetic Instagram photos that encapsulate the New York Vibe.

The unique thing about Variety Coffee Roasters is how their menu is seasonal. Their menu choices are a direct reflection of what is in season. So, if you’re able to visit at different times of the year, you will likely have a whole new menu to choose from!

Address: 261 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Hours: 7 AM – 9 PM

Bluestone Lane 20 Hudson Yards Coffee Shop

Another Australian-type café, this venue looks like you are about to grab your coffee and go surfing.

Stopping by this cute NYC cafe in the summer should be your priority, as they serve a whole selection of fresh and fruity drinks and flavorful ice cream! They have been opening cafes all across the USA, so you can try them around the States, too.

Address: 20 Hudson Yards 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 AM – 9 PM; Sunday: 10 AM – 7 PM

Felix Roasting Co.

The entire experience at Felix Roasting Co can only be described as luxurious. The store is decorated with wooden furniture and matched with a teal green aesthetic which gives the environment a truly indulgent feel.

Their mission statement, “we pull out the stops, every time,” describes the ambiance perfectly. This is a high-quality, unique spot, which gives it a top spot as not only one of the best cafes in NYC but also one of the most photo-worthy!

The menu mainly focuses on beverages with a huge emphasis on “coffees that tell a story” and complex flavors.

With multiple locations throughout New York, this café is definitely worth the visit!

Locations: Nomad, Soho, Noho, West Soho

Hours: Various opening times depending on the coffee shop.


Matchaful is a green wonderland experience that offers healthy, green drinks and a whole host of forest photo opportunities! The menu mainly centers around different variations of Matcha but also has a few nourishing snack options to choose from!

If you are looking for a cute cafe in NYC that gives nature vibes, this is the one.

Address: 359 Canal St. New York, New York 10013 and 217 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Hours: Vary depending on the location.

Urban Backyard

Urban Backyard is a beautiful botanical cafe that has delicious food and growing plants, giving the cafe a fresh, breathable feel. The café has an entire menu full of Instagram-worthy dishes that are not only displayed perfectly but tasty, too! This café is one for those who like to be surrounded by nature!

Address: 180 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Hours: Weekdays: 7:30 AM – 5 PM Weekends: 8:30 AM – 6 PM

Sweet Moment

Sweet Moment is the dessert place of dreams!  If you’re looking for that Instagrammable dessert that makes all your followers hungry, this is the place to go! From Nutella and banana cups to Strawberry and Matcha waffles, you will be spoiled with options!

Not to mention their cute coffee art! You should go just to see those, honestly! The café is cute and comfortable, with warm fairy lights hanging from the ceiling.

You should visit this coffee shop for fall in NYC or winter to experience cozy New York at Christmas.

Address: 106 Mott Street New York, NY 10013

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM; Friday – Saturday 10 AM – 10 PM

Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen NoMad

Blank Slate Coffee is the perfect modern yet minimalist spot. With featured brick walls and a clean aesthetic, this makes this a perfect Instagram location. The menu consists of a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes (which include gluten-free options) and a variety of hot and cold drink choices to accompany them.

With great decor and coffee, they are another top contender as one of the top cafes in NYC.

Locations: Nomad – 121 Madison Avenue (at the corner of 30th Street), #5, New York, NY 10016;  Midtown – 941 2nd Ave (at the corner of 50th Street), New York, NY 10022

Hours: Nomad weekdays 7:30 AM – 4 PM / Weekends 8 AM – 5 PM; Midtown 7:30 AM – 5 PM Daily


If you are looking for Paris vibes in NYC, Laduree is the place you MUST visit. It is also one of the most elegant dessert cafes in New York, with a tea salon and restaurant. Filled to the brim with colorful French pastries, it cultivates a feminine vibe, making this the perfect place to go if you’re visiting for Mother’s Day or a girls’ trip. You can’t visit without having at least one macaron.

With Macaron Pyramid Napkins, Gold Leaf Candles, and a Macaron Cart Centerpiece, this Cafe brings a French experience to New York.

Ladurèe New York in SoHo is my favorite location, but that could be because I used to love spending my lunch here when I worked in SoHo.

SoHo Address: 398 West Broadway, New York 10012

Other locations include Ladurèe Hudson Yards, Madison Ave, and next to Columbus Circle.

M Tea

M Tea has a whole menu dedicated to cute, fresh desserts and tea surrounded by a pink wonderland. For those looking for Boba tea (bubble tea), look no further.

On top of that, it is easily one of the most Instagrammable places in NYC! Decked out in fun photo props, it will make you want to go for the photos alone!

Address: 36-56 Main Street, Flushing, New York, 11354

Hours: 11 AM – 9 PM

M- Tea Bubble Cafe is very Instagram-worthy with pink designs and hot air balloon prop.

Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Brooklyn Cat Café is a cat lover’s dream. This café is definitely ‘out of the box’, but if you have a love for animals, taking a visit to this cat cafe should be on your to-do list in NYC.

This cat café is a volunteer-run adoption center where they work to reduce the number of homeless cats. While the cafe’s intention is to find homes for these cats, you can visit just to show them some love!

Address: 76 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hours: Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday: 12 PM to 7 PM.


If you are in need of some freshly baked goods on your trip around New York, Gertrude should be on your New York itinerary. Gertrude always has delicious goodies to offer and really brings charm and character to the Upper West Side (UWS).

The cafe is of New York style, so it’s perfect for those traditional Instagram photos!

Address: 204 W 96th Street, New York, New York 10025

Hours: Weekdays: 7 AM -5 PM; Weekends: 8 AM -5 PM

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The founder, Kenneth found his love for coffee in his college days in Los Angeles. He has gone on to open up coffee shops across the globe, two of which are in New York City (DUMBO & Nolita). With a goal to brew the best cup of coffee and a unique and cool interior, you will find this cafe meets your Inta-worthy needs!

Dumbo Address: 20 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Nolita Address: 8 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Cute Cafes in NYC Wrap-up

This concludes some of the cutest and photo-worthy cafes in NYC to check out. If you are also planning your New York trip, I have tons of guides linked within this post, as well as below, to help you plan an epic trip! 

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

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