The Top: Off-campus Coffee Shops

A list of the best places to grab a cup of coffee off campus

Get your caffeine fix at these convenient Riverside locations

Welcome to Inside UCR’s newest feature, The Top!

Each issue, we’re presenting a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites— from walking spots to zen gardens to events. This week we are featuring the top places to get coffee off-campus. When you want to spice things up from  your daily Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or Starbucks stop, try out these Riverside locations for a change!

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1. Molinos Coffee

molinos coffee

Customers can socialize, play some board games and watch the scenery from the window that looks out onto the historic Mission Inn.
3660 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, (951)-276-7147,

2. Back to the Grind

back to the grind

Not only does Back to the Grind serve gourmet coffees and teas, but it also provides space for local artists and musicians to display their craft. Enjoy a beverage all while basking in the artistic culture from Back to the Grind’s laid-back, vintage atmosphere.
3575 University Avenue, Riverside, (951)-784-0800,

3. Augie’s Coffee House

augie's coffee house

Take a break from the paper coffee cup with the cardboard sleeve, and sip your coffee from the iconic wide latte mugs, topped with a fanciful, intricate design, at Augie’s Coffee House in Downtown Riverside. Neighboring the Salted Pig restaurant, Augie’s Coffee House prides itself on the high-quality coffee beans used for freshly brewed drinks.
4205 Main Street, Riverside, (909)-798-2255,

4. CaliBasil Vietnamese Eatery


Step away from your usual coffee order and try CaliBasil’s refreshing Vietnamese Iced Coffee — a super-strong concoction of condensed milk and espresso.
3740 Iowa Ave. Suite 104, Riverside, (951)-684-4770,

5. Lift Coffee Roasters

Lift Coffee

Each specialty coffee order is customized with artistic designs at Lift, which is decorated with vintage planes as seen through its high ceilings, propeller adornments and a bar made from an airplane wing.
3590 Central Ave Ste 101, Riverside

6. Kraemers Koffee Bistro

Kraemer's Koffee Bistro

Kraemers Koffee is Riverside’s longest running family-owned coffee shop. Stop by this cozy cafe and enjoy a cup of coffee along with a pastry or sandwich.
6734 Brockton Ave, Riverside, (951)-686-4400

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