While Havre, Montana has been nicknamed the crown jewel of the Hi-Line Railroad, its sparkle and luster comes from a tight-knit community of adventurers and small town eccentrics.
Tucked in north-central Big Sky Country about 45 miles from the Canadian Border, Havre offers hiking trails, nearby nature preserves, and snowy mountains, as well as a refreshing reservoir to swim in each summer.
But all of that activity calls for an invigorating pick-me-up! Some may enjoy a cold beer after a long day of snowboarding or hiking the Bill Baltrush Nature Trail – and it’s true that Havre does offer multiple breweries and a distillery.
But when you really need a caffeine zing, Havre’s locally-owned coffee shops and lunch watering holes provide sustenance and joy to dedicated patrons and travelers.
Whether you’re just passing through or in town to explore Havre Beneath the Streets, this list of best coffee shops in Havre will have you coming back for more. Alright, grab your nearest mug, and let’s get our buzz on!
The Top 5 Coffee Shops in Havre, Montana
1. 406 Roasting Company
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Mmm, it’s all in the name: locally roasted coffee beans. This shop prides itself on freshly sourced beans, specialty drinks, and fast, friendly service that doesn’t compromise on quality.
Whether you like your drinks iced or hot, it’s easy to understand why locals absolutely love to catch sun rays in 406 Roasting Company’s outside seating area.
Some drink favorites include their powerful, classic Americano, richly spiced chai latte, an all-natural Lotus energy drink, and a frothy Breve.
Offering acai bowls, frozen yogurt, breakfast sandwiches, and daily lunch options, this cute little shop has a drive-thru and indoor seating area if you don’t want to leave on an empty stomach.
Also a huge hit? The daily-made blueberry muffins, the cookies, the coffee cake, the… Okay, so we’ve got a sweet tooth. But hey, that’s why we’re here!
Good news if you’re lactose-intolerant: 406 Roasting Company offers high-quality soy, almond, and coconut milk to keep your coffee or tea smooth and creamy.
But don’t forget about your furry friends! Be sure to ask for a Pup Latte – it may not be on the menu, but it’s a 406 favorite that’ll leave your dog wagging for more.
You’ll Love It Here If: you’re on the go, walking in with three kids, just finished dropping said three kids off at school, or looking for a lunch spot with caffeine strong enough to motivate the rest of your day. Onwards!
Location: 1415 1st St, Lot A
2. Coffee Hound
Here’s a glowing testimonial for you: even the coffee snobs love this place! Sitting at about 95% drive-thru with a small indoor seating area, the Coffee Hound is certainly a blink-and-you-may-miss-it kind of spot.
But once you find it, you’ll easily appreciate the friendly service, warm Montana hospitality, and powerful, rev-me-up drinks (Get there bright and early to beat the drive-thru lines!).
Where does this spot differ from other local options? Variety.
The fresh gourmet coffee is addictively good – and be sure to ask about the Latte of the Day – but they also offer rejuvenating tea with boba pearls, fresh smoothies, bubbly Italian sodas, unusual flavors, baked goods, and a diverse selection of specialty drinks based on the season.
Another unexpected wow factor? Their breakfast bagel sandwiches. Listen, we won’t judge if you (also) end up here multiple times a week, or if you walk out with a bulk bag of gourmet coffee… Happens to the best of us.
You’ll Love It Here If: time is of the essence, you’re craving a vibrant tea or coffee with gourmet syrup, or your energy levels are lower than low. Also, boba. Always boba.
Location: 4 1st St
3. 5th Avenue Grind
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Is it a coffee shop or a sandwich shop? Spoiler alert: this cozy spot is both.
Let’s be clear: there’s never a bad time for a cup of Java and a snack, and the friendly folks at 5th Avenue Grind know it.
They’ve got you covered: cold brews, mochas, warm chai, hot chocolate – and the super stimulating Shot in the Dark (Dare you to give it a try!).
A clear favorite among locals, 5th Avenue Grind can fill your brunch and lunch needs after a morning hike – breakfast burritos, cold cuts, hot sandwiches, wraps, vegetarian options, the Bear Paw Latte…
And – and! Among other milk alternatives, they’ve got oat milk for your coffee. You’re welcome. We’ll see you there. (Just know they close daily at 3pm, so sip accordingly!)
You’ll Love It Here If: you like eavesdropping on local conversations, or you’re craving a fresh sandwich but desperately need a caffeine jolt.
Location: 1615 5th Ave
4. Farmers Brew Coffee Distributors
Here’s the truth: their dirty chai is excellent, but it’s the Farmers Brew Signature Drinks that really have folks coming back for more.
Enjoy specialty favorites like The Farmhouse, The Windmill, The Grain Bin, and the Bailer. (Get it?) Hazelnut, caramel, almond, white chocolate: these drinks are definitely worth the caffeine and sugar rush!
As a family-friendly environment, kids love to order Italian sodas and Steamers, while standout DaVinci syrups take weekly Farmers Brew specials over the top.
Craving a Mexican Spiced Mocha? This is the spot in town to get one. And their London Fog Latte is perfect for those days you just want to cozy up with a good book (Try it with an apple fritter!).
Whether you’re getting work done or just passing through, Farmers Brew has the pick-me-up for you!
You’ll Love It Here If: you want more than a typical cup of black coffee. They’ve got options for days!
Location: 335 1st St
5. Lunch Box
The Lunch Box may specialize in sandwiches, soups, and sweets but they’ve got one extensive drink list for caffeine fiends!
Choose from lattes, mochas, steamers, espresso, fizzy Italian sodas, chai tea, fruit tea blasts, and more… If you get overwhelmed by their extensive menu, you can’t go wrong with a Mocha Latte and a breakfast sandwich.
Plus, the friendly servers at Lunch Box will do their best to keep your caffeine IV drip levels rocking and rolling.
Serving Havre since 1984, this town staple is perfect for a simple yet delicious lunchtime crunch before heading off into your day’s adventure. Slip into a booth and make yourself at home!
You’ll Love It Here If: you’re craving a mid-day espresso and their famous Dagwood sandwich, or if you’re looking for a quick bite on the way out of town.
Location: 213 3rd St
Best Coffee Shops in Havre – Final Thoughts
Now that you’re on your way to being fully caffeinated, let’s take a look back. What Harve lacks in mainstream coffee shops (Hi, Starbucks!) it certainly makes up for in locally-owned and operated roasters and shops.
Refreshing iced lattes, boba pearls, cozy Mochas, and fiery chais – Havre has a surprising number of options to fill your cup!
Before you head out onto the open road, lake reservoir, or hiking spot, keep these five spots in mind to keep your caffeinated blood going strong.