In my travels across New England, I always make it a priority to stop at local towns and test the quality of their local coffee shops’ offerings. Though I have barely skimmed the surface of the many cafés out there, I can assuredly recommend a few ranging from Maine to Massachusetts. In the links provided, you can peruse their menus or perhaps find inspiration to visit a new café near you. Enjoy!

 

~MASSACHUSETTS~

Atomic Cafe, Beverly…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

http://www.atomicafe.com/

Set on the tourist-and-locals-friendly Cabot Street, Atomic Café certainly lives up to it’s motto of the “friendliest place in town.” From the moment you walk through the door, beaming employees offer to help you. Offering a science-y, retro, spunky atmosphere, Atomic is the place to go for local college and high school students. A combination of window-front two-tops, large community tables, and more intimate red plush booths makes for a cozy-yet-spacious atmosphere where it is all too easy to get lost in your work. The café is marked by light wooden tabletops and counter adornment, with a red brick wall background decorated with local artwork for sale. The chalkboard menu, as well, provides a large selection of salads, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, smoothies, and, of course, coffee and tea drinks. Overall, Atomic Café is the place to come if you are in need of a place to sit and grind out work for even six hours.

 

Jaho Coffee & Tea, Salem…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

https://www.jaho.com/

Located in the historic town of Salem, Jaho is the local and tourist favorite if you’re looking for a place to cozy up with a book, study for hours on end, or simply chat with friends. They offer a wide variety of coffee, tea, and food as well, one of my favorites being their signature scarlet espresso, with spicy dark chocolate, hazelnut, and coconut notes that provide “a lush sweetness with a lingering crème brûlée finish.” For those not local, Jaho is also located in the Southend and Chinatown, and just opened a new store in Nakameguro, Tokyo. Jaho is also the only café around that boasts offering Bubble Tea on the menu. Food-wise, they offer a range of salads, sandwiches, pastries, and my personal favorite, the naan bread margarita pizza (a gooey mass of real red sauce and fresh mozzarella on warm naan). Inside Jaho, an elevated portion of the shop holds large work tables, while smaller half-booths complete with plush chairs on one side fill the opposite end of the room. Taller large tables perfect for a quick chat fill the middle.

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~MAINE~

Red Cup Coffee House, Boothbay Harbor…………………………………………………………………………………..

https://www.facebook.com/RedCupCoffeehouse/

The relatively new café to the historically touristic town of Boothbay Harbor has quickly risen to the top of the charts for locals and tourists alike. With delicious sandwiches, Maine blueberry specials such as pies, muffins, and scones, and a wide variety of brewed espressos and caffè lattes, you will never be at a loss of a food or drink item that piques your interest. With both tables inside and outside, wide windows at the front offer a waterfront view, and a small stage in the corner with guitars hanging on the wall behind it comes in handy every Thursday night for karaoke or concerts. Smaller tables make for perfect chatting locations, and a bar on one side can be used to set up shop with a laptop or notebook to work. The quaint town in which it resides and the nearby wharf is a tempting option for taking your coffee to go, as tables tend to fill up quickly.

~NEW HAMPSHIRE~

Schoodacs Coffee & Tea, Warner………………………………………………………………………………………………..

https://www.facebook.com/Schoodacs/

A hidden gem in the middle of a small town named Warner, Schoodacs is the place to go when you’re passing through New Hampshire on a ski trip or college visit. I first discovered this quaint, lodge-like coffee and tea shop en route from Vermont to Massachusetts, when I saw there was a fall festival being hosted in Warner that day. Upon entering the coffee shop, a spacious yet one-room house with a wrap-around front porch and wooden steps leading up to it, I was greeted by a display table of numerous baked goods and a menu with all the classics. I had to order a chai latte when I heard that it was “the best chai people have ever had,” although I ordered about half the amount of spice when I was told that it is very strong. The flavors they boast there are all bold and pure, ensuring customers will have an experience that is unforgettable. Even though it is a little out of my way, I now never forget to stop by this local gem when visiting my sister’s college.

~VERMONT~

Sandy’s Books & Bakery, Rochester……………………………………………………………………………………………

I first discovered the hidden (and I mean hidden) gem of Sandy’s Books & Bakery on the way to visit my sister at college in Vermont. In need of a cup of coffee, I stopped by Sandy’s, thinking at first that it was more of a used book shop than a restaurant. Inside, I realized that the best of both was possible; a counter lady helped me decide on a flavorful Vermont maple latte with almond milk as I gazed over the freshly baked pies, muffins, cookies and scones at the display counter. On the back wall, I could see that they also offer breakfast options, including french toast with Vermont maple syrup. Once my drink was ready, I wandered into the back room, where the magic of the store is revealed; positioned among stacks of old books were cozy wooden tables at which one could enjoy both a coffee and a good book at the same time.

~CONNECTICUT~

Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee, Ridgefield……………………………………………………………………………………………..

http://www.tuskandcup.com/

While living with my cousin for a week in Ridgefield, I asked for a recommendation of where I could park myself every day in order to read the entirety of Wuthering Heights for my English class, while being out of my aunt’s hair. Tusk & Cup immediately came to her mind as the number one hangout/work spot for students in both high school and college. Whether you’re looking or breakfast, a snack, or coffee, Tusk & Cup provides all three. The bagels are fresh every day and toasted to perfection with cream cheese spread, and at the counter, banana bread, zucchini bread, and coffee cake pastries all await. I had to order the Cinnamon Spice Caffè Latte, being a cinnamon lover. On the coffee menu were also numerous espressos, brewed caffè and tea, and other caffè lattes, including vanilla bean, mandorla, and nocciola. After ordering, a few comfy leather couches surrounding a fire place make for a cozy place to simply unwind, while small and large tables surrounding it offer work spaces. One of the most unique aspects of this café is the display of local artists’ works on the walls, and they offer artist receptions in the evenings.

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