10Best Spots for Coffee in Lake Tahoe and Truckee

A good cup of coffee in Lake Tahoe can come from a variety of places: lakeside cafés, roadside trailers, boutique hotels and even a restored saloon. Whether you are looking for a basic drip coffee or a fancy espresso drink with all the fixings, these 10Best locations in Lake Tahoe will give you the kick you need for day at the lake.

If you want it basic, try Alpina Coffee Cafe in South Lake Tahoe or Wild Cherries in Truckee. For a relaxed afternoon by the lake or on a shaded deck, visit Freel Perk in Meyers or Coffeebar in Truckee. Each of these locations also sell sandwiches and baked goods for an afternoon pick-me-up. If you want to have a great destination coffee, head up to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and get an amazing cup from Café Blue and enjoy it with views of the mountains around Northstar California.



Coffee Connexion in Tahoe City has been brewing their own high quality beans since 1990. The coffee house serves great espresso as well as baked goods and sandwiches and is a local favorite as well as having some great views of Lake Tahoe and...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


The Free Bird Cafe in South Lake Tahoe serves up some of the best organic food in the area. Their menu includes coffee, tea, smoothies, homemade chai tea, baked goods, super foods and more. Try the Humming Bird Smoothie with Yogurt, Mango (or...  Read More

Dam Cafe
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This little coffee shop with the funny name is right across from the Truckee River outlet and Fanny Bridge right on the "Y" of highway 89 and 28. The Dam Café serves various espresso coffee drinks and smoothies, sandwiches and burritos like the...  Read More



Tahoe locals count on this little coffee shop in Truckee for a caffeine buzz in the early morning hours and a tempting selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and smoothies throughout the day. Wild Cherries Coffee House offers several types of...  Read More



The Tunnel Creek Caf� is located in the former Ponderosa Ranch area of Incline Village. The caf� caters to hikers and bikers who are accessing or coming down from the Flume Trail, a popular mountain biking area just above the lake....  Read More



This cozy, local coffee shop serves Alpen Sierra coffee, various teas and much more. Located in South Lake Tahoe on the way to Emerald Bay, Alpina is a comfy caf�, adored by locals. The Cafe has three computers with Internet access for...  Read More



Freel Perk is located in Meyers, a small community in South Lake Tahoe. This quaint community coffee shop named after a local mountain peak not only serves fresh coffee and tea, but also ice cream, fresh fruit smoothies, locally baked bagels,...  Read More



Caf� Blue is The Ritz-Carlton's signature bakery and coffee shop. Located in the upper lobby near the outdoor pool with views of the mid-moutain ski runs of Northstar, Caf� Blue features fresh pressed juices and smoothies,...  Read More



This stylish little coffee bar in Truckee is just off the main road on Jibboom street in downtown Truckee. They serve up Italian-style cappuccinos, espressos and latt�s as well as some unusual drinks like Lemon Chiffon Latte and Caffe...  Read More



Dark Horse Coffee Roasters has a bit of a cult following in southern California and now their fresh roasted coffee is located in Truckee in a stone building that used to be a saloon. Dark Horse's beans are roasted in-house and the coffee menu...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina