I’m “live-blogging” my spontaneous road trip to Las Vegas.
Best Coffee In Las Vegas
After lunch, I promised Augustine some ice cream and we went upstairs to illy Caffé, where he enjoyed an ice cream cone and I enjoyed my first cup of coffee of the day.
3325 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
9:00 am – 9:00 pm (Sunday-Thursday)
9:00 am – 10:00 pm (Friday, Saturday)
The illy espresso blend is generally not my favorite, but at the same time it is also above-average. Small, medium, and large sizes were available (which shows this as not truly a high-class coffee shop) and I ordered the small cappuccino after confirming it would have two shots of espresso.
That proved to be a wise choice at it turned out like a cortado: very strong.
Augustine loved his ice cream, though it killed me (especially after just returning from Germany where ice cream is so good and so cheap) to pay $9 for his cone with two scoops.
On our way home, we stopped at Vesta Coffee as recommended by Ricardo on Twitter.
Vesta Coffee Roasters is great
— Ricardo Del Toro (@NSDelToro) August 15, 2023
1114 South Casino Center Blvd #1
Las Vegas, NV 89104
7:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sunday-Thursday)
8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Friday, Saturday)
First, I loved this little neighborhood of Las Vegas, known as the Arts District or 18b. Quite charming in the midst of a city I otherwise do not really care for.
Second, the staff here were wonderful – kind and gregarious. I arrived about five minutes before closing time and was not rushed at all, nor forced to take my coffee in a to-go container.
Third, I love that coffee was roasted on the premises.
Fourth, and most importantly, the coffee was excellent. I enjoyed a superb cortado that kept me awake for the drive home.
No matter how hot it is outside, there is nothing like a great cup of coffee. I’d say the biggest takeaway from my trip to Vegas is how cool 18B is and that the coffee at Vesta is world-class.