Stumptown Coffee: My New Orleans
I am just now coming to fully appreciate the charm that New Orleans oozes from so many corners (I know, I know, silly me. . . long story), so granted I haven’t been really dialed in to much the city’s pulse. . . but I do know that true third-wave coffee has been a long time coming to the city, and now the craft coffee shops are popping up everywhere! I’m excited to try all of them (eventually), and wonder which will become my favorite. Top of the list for atmosphere is currently Stumptown Coffee, located adjacent to Ace Hotel, at the edge of the Warehouse District and the CBD.
Its Art Deco vibe is eclectic in the chicest sort of way, and has plenty of comfortable seating. It feels like the living room of your sophisticated, slightly quirky, but definitely most-interesting-friend-in-your-social-circle. Personally I especially appreciate the warmer finishes, rather than the bare concrete/industrial decor that has been in vogue lately. The softer atmosphere it creates makes me want to linger. Particularly, of course, with something hot in my hand. The coffee is quite tasty (don’t let me sell that short), with a straightforward classic Italian espresso flavor, and you can get iced coffee on tap.
The decor details make it a feast for all the senses. Stumptown cafe cups, uniquely displayed pastries, a wall of quirky decor, and tasteful but consistent branding and styling turn it into an experience. My hubby and I grabbed lattes (our go-to coffee order), and then sat in Ace Hotel’s lobby as we sipped them.
The hotel lobby is replete with yet more comfortable couches and chairs, with the added perk that it’s a great place for people watching. Plus I’m fairly certain that my cool factor (what there ever was of it. . . ) edged up by a point or so by just hanging out there.
On the other side of the hotel lobby is Josephine Estelle, a cafe just as full of character as the rest of the hotel (read a review here). It reminded me of Viennese cafes, except with a tropical (Cuban?)/Southern twist. My sister and I both have it on our list of places to eat, so stay tuned for a report. . .If you’re looking for another spot for lunch, St. James Cheese company is a comfortable walk from Stumptown, and another spot I highly recommend. I look forward to returning to soak up the atmosphere while sipping my latte soon!
610 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(more info here)