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by Carly Luitgaarden
June 28, 2021

From a Cafe Slushy to Pea Blossom Matcha Lemonade, Pittsburgh coffee shops have put together some cool drinks for the summer. 

Summer is finally here, and as more of us head back to the office, the more we need coffee! With the temperatures rising, there’s no better way to start your day than with a cold beverage. Whether you’re heading into the city for work, or need a pick-me-up on your way home, there’s a local coffee shop with a cold drink waiting for you! From a Campfire Cold Brew to a fruity Matcha, here is a list of 7 places in Pittsburgh with refreshing drinks on their menu.

Delanies // South Side

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Delanie’s Coffee is a classic choice for coffee and tea lovers who reside in the Southside. If you’re looking for a fun summer drink to cool you down in this heat, try their Frozen Strawberry Matcha. Made with pure matcha, strawberry and vanilla syrups, this drink is a must-try on their summer menu.

Delanie's Coffee
Getting there
1737 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, USA
Mon-Fri 7am–7pm
Sat 7am–6pm
Sun 8am–5pm
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La Prima // Strip District & CMU Campus

La Prima, with locations in the Strip District, AC Hotel, and CMU, is a coffee lover’s dream. Give their delicious Cafe Slushy with French Whipped Cream a try in the Strip District this Summer. The cold slushy with the sweet whipped cream makes for the perfect treat on a hot day!

La Prima Espresso Company - Downtown
Getting there
1100 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
Mon-Fri 6:30am–2:30pm
Sat-Sun 7:30am–2:30pm
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La Prima Espresso Company - Strip District
Getting there
205 21st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
Mon-Wed 6am–4pm
Thu-Sat 6am–5pm
Sun 7am–4pm
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La Prima Espresso Company - CMU
Getting there
Wean Hall, Fifth Floor, 5032 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Mon-Fri 8am–6pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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Tonic Coffee // Lawrenceville

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Tonic Coffee, located on Penn Ave, opened in May of 2021. Stop by their inclusive coffeeshop on your way to work for a coffee, or on your way home for happy hour. Try their signature drink, the Tonic Coffee, made with espresso, elderflower tonic, simple syrup and other ingredients. 

Tonic Coffee
Getting there
3410 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Fri 9am–3pm
Sat-Sun 9am–4pm

Rock n’ Joe // Downtown

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Rock n’ Joe’s Coffee, located on Penn Ave, has some fun Artisan espresso drinks that you can order hot, cold, or frozen. From Cookies & Cream to White Mocha Raspberry Cold Brews, there is a hand poured drink for everyone on the Rock n’ Joe menu.

Rock 'n' Joe Coffee (Penn Ave)
Getting there
524 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
Mon-Fri 7am–3pm
Sat-Sun 8am–3pm
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Urban Trail // Mobile Coffee Trailer

Urban Trail’s coffee trailer can be found all over the Pittsburgh area! Their menu is full of coffees and teas that will be sure to satisfy your cold drink needs this summer. Their Campfire Cold Brew is a popular choice on their summer menu! Check out their upcoming schedule here.

Adda Coffee House // Shadyside, Garfield & Northside

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Visit Adda Coffee House this summer on Western Ave, Penn Ave, and Highland Ave. Give their featured drink, the SisTers Pea Blossom Matcha Lemonade a try. Sales made from this refreshing lemonade drink supports SisTers in their mission to improve quality of life for trans people and QTBIPOC in Western PA.

Adda Coffee & Tea — Shadyside
Getting there
200 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
Mon-Fri 7:30am–4pm
Sat-Sun 8am–5pm
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Adda Coffee & Tea — Garfield (Bazaar)
Getting there
4905 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, USA
Mon-Sun 8am–3pm
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Adda Coffee & Tea — Northside
Getting there
926 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, USA
Mon-Fri 7:30am–2pm
Sat-Sun 8am–3pm
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Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange

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Head down to the Strip District to the Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange. This locally owned shop will have something on the menu whether you prefer coffee or tea. For a cool way to get your day started, order their Iced Mocha or Iced Chai.

Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange
Getting there
2005 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
Mon-Sun 9am–4pm
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Carly has lived in the Pittsburgh area all of her life and is the owner of flawlessdarling.com, a fashion and lifestyle blog that gives trend inspiration on a budget. She graduated from with her master’s degree in communications and has a passion for writing. Some of Carly’s favorite things to do include shopping at local boutiques, DIY crafts and projects, and going on adventures with her Newfoundland, Samson.

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