In April, yes, April, I packed up the family and headed downtown and one of our stops was to Shine Coffee in Midtown Phoenix’s museum district. Believe it or not, I had never been to Shine Coffee and when they announced the grand opening of the pocket park next door, I knew it was a good time to visit. Shine Coffee gets its coffee from several local roasters, rather than just one.

We arrived just as the party was getting started for the grand opening of “Pocket Park” as it has been dubbed. They had face painters, food to eat, and a band playing music and singing. About an hour into the party, a massive dark cloud rolled over and with wind put temporary dampers on the event, but it didn’t really rain much.

Overall, I really enjoyed my visit. The people were friendly, the location is beautiful and feels like a restored version of Phoenix, AZ (because it is), and I like what they’re doing in this tiny corner of midtown Phoenix.


Here’s a photo of my cappuccino, which was just okay. I’ll come back to try another next time.


Here’s the cute little window where you place your orders, and chit chat with your barista.


This is the view inside the large building to the west of Shine Coffee. It’s a bit of a reading room, with spacious seating, couches, and restrooms. It is also air conditioned and they have free wireless internet.


Here’s a view of the exterior of Shine Coffee at 10 West Vernon Avenue in Phoenix.


Beautiful hand painted wood signage on the exterior of the separate building.


Here’s a great view of the park and the beautiful landscaping. There are lots of apartments nearby, so the location is perfect.


Here’s the reading room where you can sit and relax in air conditioned bliss. It’s small, but makes a perfect place to get some work done, or meet with a friend.


Pocket Park.


Some of the coffee cake.


A home made zucchini muffin from Shine Coffee.

Have you been to Shine Coffee, what did you think?

Shine Coffee
10 W. Vernon Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Phone: (602) 625-6322

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  1. I love that place. It’s my pit stop for my Central avenue cycling adventures.