Enchanted Bean | Crooked Cup | Paramount Café | Rail Yard | Central Café
In a caffeine-run world, having a go-to café is a must. Typically chosen in proximity to work or home, the wise coffee connoisseur will have a few options up their sleeve. Cheyenne has several locally owned shops to choose from besides the big name chain locations around town. Each has its unique personality and “perks” to patronizing them.
The Enchanted Bean – 1400 Dell Range Blvd, Cheyenne (inside Frontier Mall)
Newest to the coffee game in Cheyenne, The Enchanted Bean offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the mall. The full menu of coffee-based drinks is enhanced with chai, Italian sodas, and bubble teas. They also bake goodies in-house to satisfy your sweet tooth. The family-owned business has a heart for coffee and has poured themselves into this newest caffeine hub.
“Great coffee, phenomenal atmosphere, and extremely friendly owner! 10/10 would recommend!” – Jon D.
Crooked Cup – 1611 Carey Ave, Cheyenne
Regionally recognized, the Crooked Cup has a handful of locations in Northern Colorado and Wyoming. The small shop off Carey Avenue is a blend of modern design and hints of the building’s historic past. Located on the ground floor of the old Idleman Hotel, they boast an impressive menu of baked-from-scratch goodies and freshly prepared meals. Kolaches, a puff pastry stuffed with meats, cheeses, and veggies are their specialty, perfect for a breakfast on the go. They also offer a half-dozen varieties of sandwiches, on top of an entire specialty drinks menu. Of note, they have several vegan/vegetarian and allergy-sensitive items on the menu.
“The shop owner is super friendly and takes great care in making the products he serves. It was so much fun drinking my coffee, eating my huge cinnamon roll (which was not overly sweet - excellent!), and watching the locals stroll in with their good morning cheer! I can’t say enough about this coffee shop!” – Donna R.
Paramount Café – 1607 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne
Longtime favorite of many locals and voted “Best Coffee Shop in Wyoming”, the location can’t be beat. In the true heart of downtown, the bistro tables in the front overlook the Depot in one direction and the Capitol in the other. Inside there are several seating options, an art gallery, and an outdoor garden patio in the back alley with a front row view to one of the largest, most colorful murals in Cheyenne. It also connects to the boutique bar in town, the Paramount Ballroom.The café is known for their Bubble Tea concoctions in addition to a full espresso drink menu and has a small selection of food items packaged to go.
“A wonderful business that's ethically concerned with sustaining the local art scene, from photography to music performance. The Paramount has emerged as the region's preeminent hub for the young and young-at-heart to take their coffee, socialize, and experience the talents of Wyoming's artists. During the Renaissance, coffeehouses were celebrated as ideal spaces for intelligent discussions about the pressing issues of the day. With this in mind, I'm proud to say that the Paramount continues this age-old tradition.” Austin M.
Rail Yard – 1620 E Pershing Blvd Suite 120, Cheyenne
In the former no-man’s-land of midtown Cheyenne, the Pershing Plaza development brings several new businesses, including the Rail Yard Coffee Haus and Eatery. The infusion of a local café in the area brings much rejoicing to the residents of the area. Conceptually playing off the train roots of Cheyenne, the coffee menu includes several railroad-themed drink specials and incorporates the theme into their marketing materials. Featuring Mort’s Bagels (highlighted in the Quick Bites post), H + S Coffee Roasters from over the pass in Laramie, and beers from Wyoming’s Melvin and Blacktooth Brewing Companies (in addition to other craft brewers and wines), they have made a commitment to be known as a Wyoming-forward business.
“This place blows ((large coffee chain brand)) out of the water! Craft coffee drinks, delicious home cooked eats, fresh pressed juices, a salad bar I have yet to try and let me not forget the best salsa for breakfast burritos! The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable to explain what each menu item is as well as super happy, which is hard to find these days. I have been here many times and have never been disappointed. If you like a true craft coffee drink check them out!” – Misty C.
Central Cafe – 3920 Central Ave., Cheyenne
Located in the Avenues and nearly adjacent to Lion’s Park, the Central Café brings a splash of classy to the coffee shop scene in Cheyenne. The strictly black and white décor sets the tone for an upscale experience, perfect for business meetings, lunch on the patio, or a latte by the fireplace. Unfortunately only open until 2 p.m. each day, it is worth scheduling your coffee stop in the morning to see the spectacular way this former gas station was transformed into a chic coffee bar. Phenomenally presented and absolutely delicious food to eat in or to take with you, they have your breakfast and lunch needs covered. Central Café is one of the only non-chain shops that also features a drive thru option for that cuppa on the go!
“Upscale place that attracts the same in clientele. Of all the places to go in Cheyenne, this is by far the best decorated and an atmosphere you can spend all day in. Instantly be transported to a better place when you are welcomed upon entering this cafe. Way to step up a Cheyenne's game!” – Yelp Reviewer
In this series, we’re highlighting some of the restaurants around the county that may be a bit off the beaten path, but are well-worth the stop.