The popular social check-in app Foursquare has dug through its 4.5 billion check-ins to determine the 10 busiest coffee shops in the United States. While Foursquare check-ins provide only a loose snapshot of actual traffic numbers, the list does provide some insight as to where more braggartly consumers like to be seen taking their coffee.
Topping the list is New Orleans French Market tourist destination Café du Monde, as famous for its powdered-sugar-coated beignets as it is for its chickory-flavored coffee. Another tourist destination, Starbucks’ flagship cafe in downtown Seattle, made the list, representing Seattle’s lone contributor. With a bakery focus, 85c Bakery & Cafe is a bit of an outlier on the list. The Irvine, Calif., bakery is the first and only in the United States operated by the Taiwanese chain Comestibles Master Co.
The rest of the list — in which New York and San Francisco are well-represented — reads like a who’s who of Third Wave pioneers, including Stumptown, Blue Bottle, Intelligentsia and La Colombe. It is worth noting that some of these companies have found their busiest locations far afield of their hometowns (Portland’s Stumptown and Philly’s La Colombe made the list for New York cafes). It’s also good to see some slightly smaller — but no less pioneering — coffee companies (Sightglass, Four Barrel, Birch Coffee). Without further ado, here is the complete list, in pictures:
800 Decatur St at The French Market, New Orleans, LA
400 Lafayette St. at E 4th St., New York, NY
18 W 29th St at Broadway, New York, NY
270 7th St btwn Howard & Folsom St, San Francisco, CA
375 Valencia St btwn 14th St & 15th St, San Francisco, CA
66 Mint Plaza at Jessie St, San Francisco, CA
1912 Pike Pl at Stewart St, Seattle, WA
8. Birch Coffee
5 E 27th St btwn Madison & 5th Ave, New York, NY
2700 Alton Pkwy, Ste 123 at Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA
53 E Randolph St at N Garland Ct, Chicago, IL
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