It is certainly no secret I love coffee! I create a ritual around coffee. There is nothing more therapeutic to me than going to a coffee shop, journaling, and organizing my thoughts. It is my favorite form of self-care. When I was in high school, there was nowhere to go. There was one small corner café on Pass Road and a kiosk at the mall that are long since gone. Luckily, with the resurgence of coffee culture in the early 2000s more options have come to the Gulf Coast!
Now, you can find a fantastic cup of coffee down the 26 miles of the world’s largest man made beach! It does not matter which city you find yourself in down Highway 90. There is a cup of coffee for everyone. Today I am sharing my personal favorites and why. So hope in the car, roll down your windows, and go enjoy these java spots!
The Community Hub
2nd Street, Bay St. Louis, MS
This little converted house with the welcoming front porch brought hope to Bay St. Louis when it opened after Hurricane Katrina. The little café is a hub of activity from local performances musicians who perform there to the yoga studio attached in the back. Any given day, you can find delicious fresh baked goodies and my favorite hamburgers. Their brunch menu is nothing to sneeze at either.
When visiting the Mockingbird, I suggest trying their classic café au lait. A local special made of dark roast coffee and steam milk. Also, don’t miss their king cakes during Mardi Gras season!
East Scenic Drive, Pass Christian, MS
Cat Island Coffeehouse is a triple threat. It overlooks the white sand beaches of Pass Christian, serves delicious coffee drinks, and houses a local specialized bookstore inside! It is a bit on the pricy side, but you cannot beat the view and atmosphere.
Go on a nice day and sit on out the deck. Also take the beautiful spiral staircase to the loft of top for another great view. On a clear day, you can see its namesake off in the horizon.
Most Instagram Worthy
Jeff Davis Avenue, Long Beach, MS
Bankhouse coffee is not only the flagship store for Coast Roast Coffee, but also a beautiful old building. There is an opportunity at every turn to take perfect little square Instagram pictures. Pause to admire the large steps leading in and the vintage tile floors.
Coast Roast is a locally roasted coffee that has some local inspired flavors and blends. You can find Coast Roast as far off as New Orleans at St. Roch Market or their new shop at the Auction House on Magazine Street. I suggest buying a bag and taking it home whether you are visiting local or not.
Highway 49, Gulfport, MS
If you enjoyed Bankhouse Coffee, you will also like Coast Roast in downtown Gulfport! They are owned as well by Coast Roast, and have a great menu. They also have the added bonus of a drive through around the back. On a nice day, they can open up the garage sized windows and allow fresh air into the building.
Best Iced Coffee
West Howard, Biloxi, MS
This little shop is a great stop for the iced coffee loves. (Who would love iced coffee right?) My favorite is the New Orleans Iced Coffee with their house sweet cream and coffee ice cubes. That’s right coffee ice cubes! They carry the French Truck Roasters for their coffee brand. I also like their dark roast and lattes.
There is even after hour alcoholic options for those who would like a quiet place to go after work. A few months ago, Southern Bound Bookstore moved in next door and it is the perfect match!
Best Pour Over
Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS
Ready for some coffee and biscuits? This is your place! There are no brewed or espresso drinks at Greenhouse. They instead use a variety of earthy pour over varieties. Their roasts are wonderfully simple and taste great without creamer or sugar. This is also a great place if you are a tea drinker.
The biscuits are a different consistency than your Maw Maw’s buttermilk biscuits. You can choose from a variety of fillings and toppings with your biscuit. My personal favorite is the sweet potato biscuit with their homemade pimento cheese. They also host trivia, community, and live performances. Sign up for notifications on their e-mail list!
Look for their new location coming to Biloxi this Fall!
New Coffee Shop on the Block
1301 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS
This little spot was not originally on my first draft, but I stopped in on a whim a few weeks ago. After my first visit I knew I had to add it! It is on the other side of downtown Ocean Springs. The small gray building hides the warm environment inside. It is welcoming and decorations are so cute. I almost drooled over the beautiful teal espresso machine on the counter.
I loved the staff who did not give me strange looks for bringing my little hedgehog with me after his vet appointment. He enjoyed being held and loved on in there instead staying in the warm car. The iced coffee was delicious and I look forward to going back with some friends soon. Keep you eyes peeled around the coast because they also have a coffee truck!
One Final Cup
I know this list is coming out at the end of the summer heat. However, I hope it can be useful for the two weeks of Fall weather we may have on the Gulf Coast! These spots are great to check out if you are out and about checking out the great fall festivals and events along the Coast.
I’ve told you mine, now tell me yours! What is your favorite coffee spot on the Mississippi Gulf Coast?
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