Coffee: the human lifeblood. I know that I cannot start my day without it. A world without coffee would be a slow and dull place. It is a good thing that, everywhere you look there is a coffee shop on most corners. However, there are few that stand out against the cookie cutter form of chain coffee shops. Whether you are headed out with friends or sitting down to talk business, this list is sure to offer the unique vibe for your occasion. Hampton Roads is a good place to wake up to with these speciality coffee shops.
La Brioche Bakery – Take a trip to France, right here in Norfolk, and indulge in fresh french pastries. This quaint coffee shop and authentic french bakery will, no doubt, make you feel like you are in the heart of Paris. Stop in on a romantic outing and chat with Jackie and Yvan Devulder, the husband-and-wife owners, over a cup of coffee.
Equinox Cafe – An establishment committed to sustainability of our earth, Equinox is doing its part to accomplish that. Their coffee is sustainably and organically grown, bought for fair prices and ethically sourced. Located in Downtown Norfolk, Equinox is a great place to get a cup of coffee that you can feel good about.
Gather – Every time you drink a cup of, what they call, the perfect coffee; you are giving back to the local community. !00% of the profits are donated back to the community. Gather coffee shop is great for….gathering! It’s community based idea, that everything is better over a cup of coffee, is great for bringing people together. This coffee shop has been a great addition for the area of Chesapeake and its residents.
Baby Talk Cafe – Portsmouth hosts a cafe where parents and caregivers can take a moment (with the kiddos in tow to stop, sit and recharge. With plenty for the little ones to do, you can take a moment and talk to some other grown up over a smooth cup of coffee. With additional membership options, you can attend classes and other gatherings the cafe offers. So, next time you are in Portsmouth, stop in for some baby talk!
Three Ships Coffee Roasters – With an authentic nautical setting, Three Ships Coffee has a welcoming feel. Coffee is a work of art for the baristas. From smooth cold brew to hot expressos this coffee “ship” has everything to make you feel cozy, even in the bow of a ship!
American Brew – On American Brew’ website it has three words that sum up this cafe. Coffee. Whiskey. Community. What more can we say about this coffee shop that features whiskey and coffee combined drinks. Making its splash on shore drive, American Brew has become a popular place to grab coffee (or a whiskey) with friends
The next time you find yourself bored at home, take a tour of the Hampton Roads coffee shops. Grab a cup of joe, talk a walk or have a chat with a friend. Take in the historical architecture of Ghent. Call your realtor because you might find that Hampton Roads is a great place to wake up to.