#1 Zekes Coffee -East Liberty
6015 Penn Ave
Zeke’s was my first coffee stop in the Burgh, mainly due to it’s super close location to my work. The barista’s here are a friendly, knowledgeable, eclectic bunch that are happy to steer you in the right coffee-making-decision. Zekes get’s high praise for it’s small batch blends that they roast just down the street and for their Amazing array of snacks and pastries. (I recommend the meat pies and snickerdoodle cookie…or the shortbread…okay anything with sugar).
I typically will grab a cold brew here which is really nice, but their caramel latte is also a solid choice.
If you like high quality coffee and made-from-scratch pastries at a reasonable price in a no frills store, this is a great coffee stop for you.
It has a picnic table and some other small outdoor seating, as well as a few indoor seats as well with easy access outlets. You can buy one of their many blends to take home with you, or even one of the empty burlap coffee sacks to decorate your home in true coffee-addict fashion.
They also serve a nice variety of loose leaf teas.
Parking is tricky with only a few parallel spots on Penn Ave, but there are small lots scattered nearby.
Zekes is open Mon-Sat 7am-7pm and Sunday from 8-6pm.
If you’re not that familiar with East Liberty, it’s just down the street from Target, Bakery Square, and Shadyside’s Millies, Casbah, etc.