The local coffee shop — it’s one of the best places to experience a city like a local.
In Southwest Idaho, you’ll find eclectic coffee shops full of local flavor. In small mountain towns, you’ll meet long-time roasters with a crowd of regulars and a cozy atmosphere. Drive out to Idaho’s winding country rounds, you can explore quirky, hole-in-the wall hangouts filled with art and loud music.
Ready for a sip? Here are our 7 favorite coffee shops in the region.
McCall & Cascade
Sipping a latte while looking over the shores of Payette Lake.
If you’re heading up Hwy 55, don’t miss out on these cozy coffee shops tucked away in the wilderness.
McCall — Fogglifter Cafe
This cozy cafe is right in the heart of Downtown McCall. In the summer, you can lounge on the patio, soak up the sunshine and feel the cool breeze from the lake. In the winter, you can sink into a leather sofa, watch the snow fall and play a board game.
Fogglifter’s coffee is made with fresh roasted beans from Landgrove Coffee in Troy, Idaho. Their breakfast and lunch menu features unique fusion dishes like East Indian huevos rancheros served with lentils and chutney and a veggie benedict with tomatoes, basil and tangy hollandaise.
Cup of the Day: Relax a while here and sip some bottomless drip coffee.
McCall — Mountain Java
Dog-friendly patio along the shores of Lake Payette. Photo courtesy of Mountain Java.
Sip on your coffee just steps away from the shores of Lake Payette. Mountain Java is located right along the beach, and it’s a favorite hangout for native Idahoans and visitors alike. In the summer, their dog-friendly patio is overflowing blooming flowers. The cafe offers organic espresso and a variety of non-dairy options, including soy, almond and hemp milk.
Cup of the Day: Sip on a Mountain Vino. You can’t go wrong with wine and coffee. If it’s a little too early for wine, try the maple latte — it’s just like drinking a maple donut!
New Meadows — Roadhouse Java
Located just outside New Meadows at the crossroads of Hwy 55 and Hwy 95, this roadside cafe is the perfect stop during a road trip. You can grab a cup of fresh-roasted coffee and strike up a conversation with the local baristas. Feel free to browse the shelves filled with quirky locally-made gifts, handcrafted jewelry, hot sauces with hilarious names, witty greeting cards and more.
Cup of the Day: Get a blended mocha. The baristas here pair the espresso with Ghirardelli Chocolate — a perfect combo in our book. If you’re not feeling a coffee, grab a huckleberry shake. (The baristas use a handful of real, fresh-picked huckleberries!)
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The Snake River Valley & the Sunnyslope Wine Trail
Whipping up a handcrafted latte at a local Southwest Idaho roaster.
Going wine tasting along the sunnyslope wine trail, or just taking a drive in the countryside? These small town coffee shops are a great place to stop and get your caffeine fix.
Garden City — Western Collective
Chill vibes at Western Collective.
“Western isn’t a direction so much as it’s a state of mind.”
That’s the motto of this up-and-coming local hangout in Garden City. Part brewery and part coffee house, the vibe of Western Collective is all about the spirit of the West — adventurous and dynamic. Their spacious tap room is filled with rustic furniture inspired by the great outdoors.
There’s plenty of spots here to sit back and relax. Outside the taproom, there’s a garden patio outside that changes with the seasons. In the summer, you can lounge in a blow up pool and listen live DJs on Sundays. In the fall, you can wander through a pumpkin patch with hay bales.
In addition to espresso drinks and artisanal coffee, Western Collective also serves 23 beers on tap, along with wine and “adult slushies.”
Cup of the Day: Sip on a cold brew with Irish cream. The cold brew is smooth and melds perfectly with the Irish cream liqueur.
Nampa & Caldwell — Flying M
Local barista serves up fresh hot espresso. Photo courtesy of Flying M.
Funky furniture and quirky paintings. Pastries made from scratch. Mismatched mugs and good coffee.
Flying M has two locations in Nampa and Caldwell — each with their own local flair. Caldwell’s cozy shop is filled with handmade art and located in the heart of the city’s historic downtown core. A favorite hangout for students and locals, Nampa’s Flying M has a retro diner vibe and hosts live music on the weekends. Both of these coffee shops are a great place to stop before hitting the Wine Trail Guide!
Cup of the Day: Grab a latte. Feel free to get creative with your order — add vanilla, hazelnut, cinnamon, honey… whatever you wish. Each one often comes with a little bit of latte art.
Eagle — Rembrandts
Once home to a church nestled along the shores of the Boise River, this newly renovated coffeeshop is a local favorite in Eagle, Idaho.
Tall gothic windows flood the redesigned chapel in natural light. The smells of fresh coffee and cinnamon rolls waft through the airy, open space. The dining area is simple, elegant and refined — making it a particularly classy spot to enjoy coffee and brunch.
The chefs here are experts when it comes to crafting eggs benedict. In fact, the menu has over six different takes on the dish — each one served with house-made hollandaise and savory fingerling potatoes.
And the coffee? It’s all freshly roasted and brewed by highly trained baristas. They take the coffee here just as seriously as they do the classic cuisine.
Cup of the Day: Order a classic latte with almond milk. The simple flavor pairs well with practically any dish you’ll decide to order with it. (If you’re not feeling the coffee, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a mimosa!)
Fruitland — Jolts and Juice
This unassuming coffee shop in the small town of Fruitland serves up some of the best coffee in the Snake River Valley. You’ll definitely find some cozy farmhouse vibes here — nearly every wall is covered in reclaimed wood and repurposed vintage decor. In the summer, their shaded patio is a great place to sip, sit back and listen to live music. (It even has misters, making the patio a charming little oasis from the sunny summer days.)
But the coffee is even better. Jolts and Juice sources their coffee from Jack Henry Coffee Roasters, based just across the border in Ontario, Oregon. The 100% Arabica beans are slow-roasted in small batches and personally taste-tested by their “Master Roasters.” The end result? A smooth, rich taste with every sip.
Cup of the Day: For an extra caffeine kick, get Jolt’s nitro cold brew. It’s perfectly smooth and refreshing for a lazy summer morning — or for a long road trip ahead.
Weiser — Black Sheep Coffee and Cookie Company
After her kids left the nest and had children of their own, local baker Angela Beams opened this adorable bakery and coffee shop right along Hwy 95 in downtown Weiser. Each morning, she gets up early to bake fresh cookies of all kinds: snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut…you name it.
But while the homemade cookies are heavenly, Angela and her baristas also brew excellent coffee (a perfect combo, in our opinion). Angela has a reputation for treating every customer that walks through her door like family, getting even the most complicated drinks right down to the last detail. Order what you really want and stay a while. You’ll be taken care of here.
(If you can, you should make it out here for Free Cookie Friday! You’ll get one of Angela’s epic cookies for free with your drink.)
Cup of the Day: Treat yourself to a classic hot mocha, and make sure to get a fresh-baked snickerdoodle cookie with it! Cinnamon spice and rich chocolate… It’s honestly a match made in heaven.
In Southwest Idaho’s coffee shops, you come for the coffee, but stay for the atmosphere. Chat it up with the locals. Read a book. Listen to the music and stay a while. It’s easy to feel like a local.
Looking for coffee shops in Boise? Check out our Top 10 Boise Coffee Shops guide.