Three Fort Collins Coffee Shops That Are Great For Studying

Students reading and enjoying afternoon treats at the Crooked Cup. Photo by Erik Fideor.

Sometimes staring at the same four walls or following the same routine for too long can become a distraction within itself, leading to procrastination, lack of motivation or boredom. A simple solution is a change of scenery, and these three coffee shops can be just the ticket to spicing things up while still getting work done. Keep in mind that this list isn’t ordered best-to-worst, and that each location has its own strengths and weaknesses. Enjoy!

1. The AlleyCat Cafe

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Located a short walk from the oval on Laurel street, the AlleyCat Cafe has been a staple CSU student hub and hipster hangout for years. The biggest cafe on the list, students can easily find a table to spread their books, paper, laptops and anything else they might need for a short study session or a dedicated all-nighter.

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The atmosphere is a combination of the strikingly artistic with the dozens of hand-painted ceiling tiles and casually sociable with lively music and loud conversation. Patrons should expect a decent crowd at all times, as the Alleycat is a popular 24/7 spot. Expect a mix of quietly studying individuals and groups of friends just looking to have a good time.

Their menu offers plenty of specialty coffees and teas (both iced and hot) along with fresh-made sandwiches with vegetarian and vegan options.

Website: http://www.alleycatcoffeehouse.com/

Photos by Erik Fideor.

2. Harbinger Coffee

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If big crowds and loud music don’t sound appealing, the more intimately-sized and reserved Harbinger Coffee on South Mason street may be a better alternative. Customers can choose exactly how they would like their coffee to be made, from the kind of roast to a selection of beans harvested from around the world. Non-aficionados need not worry, as the friendly baristas can offer suggestions for a perfectly flavor-catered cup.

Harbinger is a considerably smaller establishment than some of the other cafes in Fort Collins, but they do offer table, bar and outdoor seating. Just keep in mind that there may not always be enough tables for everyone at the busiest hours, and that closing time is 7 o’clock six days of the week (Sunday, closes at 6). For those that prefer clean, quiet and customization, Harbinger is definitely worth a visit.

Website: https://harbingercoffee.com/

Photos by Erik Fideor.

3. The Crooked Cup

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In Goldilocks fashion, the Crooked Cup sits somewhere in between with an altogether comfy-cozy vibe. The Crooked Cup is perfect for nearly any occasion, whether indoors, outdoors, solo or with a small group. Boasting a tasty selection of pastries along with a wide range of drink options, it’s hard to find fault. With oversize cushioned chairs in the back, and a tiny sharable library, it’s more than easy to spend hours in this cozy cafe.

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One unfortunate note to touch on is that the Crooked Cup is the farthest from the campus, and parking in Old Town Fort Collins is bad at best. Walking will take a while (biking is recommended), but the effort is well worth it. For those who need an escape, the atmosphere that the Crooked Cup offers is comforting and welcoming beyond all else.

Website: http://thecrookedcup.com/

Photos by Erik Fideor.