Wondering where to find the best cafes near you?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable cafes in Tucson, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the top spots to venture when cravings strike.
1. Barista Del Barrio
Topping the list is Barista Del Barrio. Located at 1002 N. Grande Ave. in Barrio Hollywood, the breakfast and lunch spot is the highest-rated inexpensive cafe in Tucson, boasting five stars out of 176 reviews on Yelp.
Yelper Cassandra J., who reviewed Barista Del Barrio on Oct. 22, wrote, "Honestly this is the best local coffee shop. Their horchata espresso frappe with leche and chocolate syrup are to die for. I love their sausage burritos. Their Bavarian cream churros are the best dessert/breakfast ever."
Frank J. noted, "I love it here, [as they have the] best cinnamon sweet tea. The breakfast burritos are very delicious [and] they have a choice of chorizo, bacon, potato and cheese. The staff and owner are very friendly and suggest some items they think you might like."
2. Bread and Butter Cafe
Next up is Bread and Butter Cafe, situated at 9431 E. 22nd St. With four stars out of 85 reviews on Yelp, the cafe has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option.
Yelper Nicholas W., who reviewed the business on Sept. 8, wrote, "Great food and great service. [Our] server was fabulous and everyone is so friendly."
Kirsten D. noted, "This place is everything you'd think a local dive breakfast place would be. Busy, loud, solid food and service."
3. Dedicated Gluten Free
Dedicated Gluten Free, located at 4500 E. Speedway Blvd., Suite 41, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the inexpensive gluten-free and breakfast and brunch spot 4.5 stars out of 145 reviews.
Yelp offers additional information about the eatery.
"[Owner Rebecca W.] started this gluten-free bakery after years of experimenting with GF ides to serve her own family and their multiple allergies," according to the bio section of the business's Yelp profile. "Everyone loved her treats so much, they would tell her she should open a bakery. And here we are."
Dedicated Gluten Free is known for gluten-free breads, pastries, muffins, cheesecakes, pizzas and sandwiches.
4. Cartel Coffee Lab
Cartel Coffee Lab, a cafe that offers coffee, tea and more in Campbell-Grant, is another budget-friendly go-to, with four stars out of 343 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2516 N. Campbell Ave. to try it for yourself.
Yelper Annie P., who reviewed Cartel Coffee Lab on Nov. 19, wrote, "I came here to get some work done after going stir-crazy in my house. It's a great spot to study or work. The space is nice and open, it has free Wi-Fi outlets, and they were playing non-intrusive music."
5. Pie Bird Bakery and Cafe
Finally, over in El Presidio, check out Pie Bird Bakery and Cafe, which has earned four stars out of 76 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the cafe and bakery, which offers desserts and more, by heading over to 177 N. Church Ave., Suite 106.
The business offers "fresh pastries, a full service espresso bar and breakfast/lunch options," it writes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties.
"This place is seriously amazing. I've been there for breakfast and lunch probably a dozen times so far and I've never been disappointed," wrote Yelper Megan S.