Rise and Shine with Architect Coffee in South Springfield

More than just a spot for a great cup of joe, Architect Coffee is a bustling gathering place, a not-too-shabby breakfast joint and a minimalist’s espresso-scented heaven.

By Katie Pollock Estes

Dec 2019

Cortado and Almond Butter Banana Honey Toast at Architect Coffee in Springfield MO
Photo by Brandon AlmsA warm cortado and the Almond Butter Banana Honey toast. Purchase Photo

Whenever I meet someone at Architect Coffee Co. (1604 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-771-5030), I feel so at ease. Neutral tones of white, black, marble and wood are accented with bright green plants and sunlight streaming through the north windows. It’s a lot like how I’d prefer my minimalist home to feel and look—if only I didn’t have all those kids toys lying around. My kids are never with me at Architect, though. Usually it’s an old friend I’m catching up with over an espresso tonic and a bacon breakfast burrito. Or a writer who needs to chat about a story over a cortado and some almond butter and banana toast. No matter who I’m with, at least one of us will run into a friend or two because this place is always hopping. With a menu that has never disappointed (both for food and for great coffee), Architect has become one of my go-to spots for a quick and tasty breakfast break easily disguised as a meeting.