Food & Drink

13 Brooklyn coffee shops with awesome outdoor spaces

Brooklyn Kolache's yard even has an umbrella for protection from glare/extra productivity. Photo by David Colon
Brooklyn Kolache’s yard even has an umbrella for protection from glare/extra productivity. Photo by David Colon

What is the one thing New Yorkers need to survive and is everywhere? Coffee. What is the one thing New Yorkers need to survive but is hard to find? Nature. That why we’ve compiled a list of great Brooklyn coffee shops with gardens, outdoor patios or backyards, where caffeine and the great outdoors (or as great as they’re gonna get) meet. Be sure to enjoy these places while you can, because before we know it, Snowpocolypse 2016 will be knocking on our doors.

Isn't this just quaint? - Photo by Faye Penn
Isn’t Kettle and Thread just quaint? – Photo by Faye Penn

Kettle and Thread
1219 Church Avenue, Ditmas Park

This Ditmas Park joint proudly serves Balthazar baked goods, Brooklyn Roasting Company Coffee and an array of sandwiches, salads, soups and treats made in house! Take this all outdoors and soak in the sun as you digest your java.

Pels Pie Co
446 Rogers Ave, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

This Prospect-Lefferts Gardens spot offers Brooklynites a scrumptious selection of butter crust pies, delectable sweet treats, fun cheese plates, beer & wine and, of course, COFFEE. Enjoy all of this in their outdoor area. Plenty of places to sit and hang while you look at their garden where they grow produce for their pies!

Sit and Wonder
688 Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights

If you’re ever in Prospect Heights make your way to Sit and Wonder. Free wi-fi, plenty of indoor seating and a wonderful garden are all available for your enjoyment. Hungry? Snag a signature sandwich or some of their coffee shop nibbles.


Kids and singing and coffee. What more do you need - Photo from Facebook
Elk has kids and singing and coffee. What more do you need? – Photo from Facebook

154 Prospect Park Southwest, Windsor Terrace

A favorite local spot right off Prospect Park, Elk offers BK citizens more than just Stumptown coffee and Colson Pastries, it’s also a community centerpiece. Sing along shows for kids, science classes, book readings and poetry slams all happen on any given day at this gorgeous spot complete with full backyard. Yes, full backyard not just “garden.” (Be sure to check out their weekly calendar for more details on classes and shows as well as whether or not the backyard will be open.)

Crop to Cup 
541A 3rd Avenue, Gowanus

This coffee shop is incredibly open. Tall ceilings, plenty of windows and huge back yard make the Gowanas hangout pretty perfect. Bonus, their wi-fi is very strong and doesn’t lose power if you decide to sit and do work at their communal tables outside!

If you like this guide, don’t forget about our guide to every bar with outdoor space you could ever want. Cheers!

Daily Press Coffee 
505 Franklin Avenue, Bed-Stuy

Bop on over to Bed-Stuy for your morning pick me up. The folks at Daily Press offer espresso and coffee beverages; bagels; pastries; and a “grab-and-go” fridge for those of you looking to get in and get out. If you’re staying, their outdoor area is not to be missed. Good for reading a book, chatting with friends or doing some work, it’s also covered, which means you can still sit outside in the rain.

146 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick

This cash-only coffee shop is no frills. Despite its name, Variety does not overwhelm customers with soy drip upside down espresso or frozen chocolate mocha things. Instead, it satisfies them with insanely good and cheap coffee. The Bushwick location is near and dear to my heart (and apartment). It boasts plenty of indoor seating and a great outdoor patio with plenty of space to write, drink coffee and hang.

Brooklyn Kolache & Co. 
520 Dekalb Avenue, Bed-Stuy

Get on over to Brooklyn Kolache for fresh coffee and espresso from Kitten Coffee, handmade pastries like cinnamon rolls and kolaches (a Czech sweet or savory pastry) and their outdoor patio.

Heavy Woods 
50 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick

This Bushwick neighborhood spot is sort of like a one stop shop acting as a full service bar, restaurant and coffee shop. Grab a coffee or espresso drink during the day and sit outside on their patio to get some work done or be distracted by Wyckoff Avenue walking by.

1014 Fulton Street, Bed-Stuy

This coffee shop features simple options like espresso and drip coffee but also spices things up with specialty coffee drinks (try the Lafayette: 2 shots of espresso with white and milk chocolate), a juice bar, a full food menu (breakfast served ALL day) and beer & wine. Can I get a “Yas, Kween!”


Backyard bliss - From Facbook
Backyard bliss at Kave- From Facbook

Kave Espresso Bar
1087 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick

Located in a The Loom, otherwise known as “that Bushwick mall” Kave is truly the perfect place for getting work done, having a coffee date or just bopping in for a quick cup of joe and a cigarette. (Smoke outside on their patio because duh no smoking inside!) Oh, speaking of patio – it’s huge, and is very nicely kept!

The West
379 Union Avenue, Williamsburg

A short walk from the Lorimer stop, this bar-by-night-coffee-shop-by-day Williamsburg spot is perfect for those looking to get their caffeine and nature fix all in one. Oh! Try their peanut butter cookie; you will NOT regret it.

Jane Motorcycles
396 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg

This place is truly one of a kind. Go in for a fresh cup of coffee, but maybe you’ll walk out with a hoodie, helmet or motocycle. Yup, they sell coffee and motorcycles. There’s also a small outdoor area perfect for you to sit and contemplate the open road. They’re dog-friendly, too!

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