Two Harbors doesn't need a Starbucks, Caribou Coffee or other national chain, because locally-owned and operated shops offer plenty of places for coffee lovers to get their caffeine fix, catch up on some work or get lost in a good book.
Here are four of the coziest spots in town to check out the next time you need a cup of joe or a tasty snack.
Cedar Coffee Co.
This spot, if not the coziest coffee shop on the North Shore, is easily among the most scenic.
Its secluded spot in Two Harbors is just a quarter-mile from Super One, but you would never know with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the surrounding forest.
Look close in the winter and you might see some deer visiting a low-hanging bird feeder.
The shop serves coffee and espresso drinks roasted by Duluth Coffee Co. and is easily accessible from the network of trails and bike paths around Two Harbors.
It also has a solid menu of breakfast and lunch items, as well as a number of craft beers from a variety of local breweries.
Its location close to the heart of Two Harbors has made Cedar Coffee Co. a virtual crossroads for the Two Harbors community and an excellent place to spend an afternoon working or socializing.
Address: 1130 11th St., Two Harbors
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Mocha Moose might be what you would get if a North Shore cabin merged with a trendy coffee shop in Duluth.
Serving Duluth Coffee Co. roasts, as well as baked goods from Positively Third Street Bakery in Duluth, this spot on Scenic Drive offers a couple of cozy chairs by a fireplace to read. It also has a larger room with tables and chairs for groups to use.
The announcement board by the door boasts weekly painting and knitting classes, as well as monthly book club meetings and Scrabble board game events.
Local artists’ work hangs on the walls and most is available for purchase.
There’s also a roomy patio outside to enjoy your favorite warm or cold drink once the weather warms up.
Address: 543 Scenic Drive, Two Harbors
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
White Pine Market
The newest addition to the coffee scene in Two Harbors, White Pine Market opened in July 2019 and is the only place in town roasting its own coffee beans.
It’s also the only drive-thru coffee shop in town and is open early enough for those headed up Minnesota Highway 61 for work before 7 a.m.
What really makes this shop stand out, however, is a broad selection of handmade pottery, used books and even women and children’s clothing for sale. It’s not called White Pine Market for nothing.
For those looking to relax for a few minutes instead of heading to work or browsing the wares, the shop also has a fireplace, table and a few chairs to kick back, relax and enjoy some hot or cold coffee.
Address: 1055 Minnesota Highway 61, Two Harbors
Hours: Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
McQuade’s Herbs, Spices and More
OK. So McQuade’s Spices and More isn’t technically a coffee shop, but it smells fantastic, and it’s one of the only places in downtown Two Harbors to get an espresso drink.
The shop across Seventh Street from Castle Danger Brewery opened in 2016 selling basic herbs and spices and up to 40 blends.
Owner Frank McQuade also added a small coffee bar with a full array of syrups to flavor hot and cold coffee drinks.
The coffee bar has several stools to make it a perfect place to catch up on some work or read the newspaper. There’s also a couple of comfortable chairs at the front of the shop with attached desks that have plenty of space for a tablet or laptop.
Address: 632 First Avenue, Two Harbors
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.