Filter(ed) is the perfect combination of an organic modern coffee bar and a cafe/jazz lounge. Hand-crafted coffee, water infusions and great attitudes greet you from across the sleek wooden bar. The very first time I went in and sat down it felt like I was at a friend’s house. An employee came up to me with a smile and a sample of his newest concoction and chatted with me until I decided what I wanted. I drank my Spicy Mango Italian Soda, leaned back and just relaxed. This place is all about creating a comfortable environment and ensuring amazing quality.
Tip: Every second Saturday of the month is Jazz night.
Photos by: fILTER(ed) Facebook Page
Spoons Cafe is a McKinney staple, but do you know about Spoons Garage? Through a side street entrance there is a quaint little cafe filled with couches, comfy chairs to curl up in and a few community style tables. Once you walk in to this 1920’s building you’ll notice a huge chalkboard with all of the drink options. Since the building housed the original Texas Power Company’s garage all of the drinks have fun names like the ‘Fuel Injector’ and ‘Radiator’. If you’re looking for a quiet place to get comfy and chit chat with friends then you’re in luck – this place is that and so much more.
Tip: You can order breakfast all day long.
Photos by: Spoons Cafe
SNUG on the Square
SNUG is a McKinney hot spot for breakfast and lunch. So much so that they recently expanded into the building next to them. You can sit at a table, relax in an armchair, lay down on a couch in the loft or bask in the sunlight on the patio. Wherever you choose to sit you’ll be shocked by just how much you get for what you pay. The food is stacked to the edge of the plates and the lattes are served in huge overflowing mugs. You can also browse through some products for sale created by local artists. SNUG on the Square is a coffeehouse environment bursting with energy and friendly conversation so be sure to stop in and give it a try.
Tip: There’s free WIFI so you can grab an amazing Snickerdoo coffee and still get some work done.
Photos by: Adam Pagano/Snug on the Square Facebook Page
Emporium Pies is a specialty pie shop and is definitely my favorite option when I’m in the mood for a simple black coffee. All of the pies are handmade and the offerings change with the seasons so there’s no way to get out of here with just coffee in your hand. I usually pair my morning caffeine boost with a slice of the deep dish apple pie called ‘The Lord of the Pies’. Relax inside the beautiful cafe located in another restored historic building in downtown McKinney or sit outside with sidewalk bistro seating.
Tip: Don’t forget to add a scoop of ice cream to your hot slice of pie.
Photos by:Reed Kenney and Paul Wilkes
By Sawyer Erickson