Favorite Coffee Shops

Coffee Shops are where the magic happens. As a person who runs a home-based business, I find myself WAY too distracted in my house to actually get any meaningful work done, so instead I make a conscious effort to find myself a little slice of heaven with a nice cup of coffee included.

Something about walking into a Coffee Shop with some personality immediately calms me. The aroma of the coffee, the soft, yet hip music playing in the background, and the funky barista serving out the goods are what really attract me to these places. There are a few criteria these shops must have in order for me to even entertain the idea of setting up my mobile office:

  1. One-of-a-kind: a.k.a. NOT Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not that I don’t enjoy their coffee, but they’re usually overly crowded and definitely over priced.
  2. Gotta have some personality: pictures on the walls, music playing in the background, retro couches and tabletops, whatever it may be, it’s just gotta have some style. You will NOT find me in a “cookie-cutter” cafe.
  3. Wifi. Need I say more?
  4. A comfy area to sit, relax, and let my mind go wild.
  5. The delicious aroma of coffee.

Now that you have an idea of the kind of coffee shop I search for and thrive in, here are a few of my favorites. Just a heads up, this is a growing list, and it does feature mostly East Coast Coffee Shops, although there will soon be West Coast Coffee Shops and International Coffee Shops as well!

Newark, Delaware:

  • Brewed Awakenings: 64 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
    • What’s Cool? They have a Community Cup which is a free cup of coffee for anyone who is short on cash.
    • Word of Advice: Make sure your computer is charged fully before going, there is limited access to outlets.
  • Central Perk: 42 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
    • What’s Cool? They have an extensive menu of not just coffee, but smoothies, sandwiches, and Bubble Tea.
    • Word of Advice: It’s a hotspot for college students and a great study spot, so if you plan on spending 30+ minutes, make sure to get there early, as it fills up quickly, especially around exam time.
  • Brew Haha: 45 E. Main Street #205, Newark, DE 19711
    • What’s Cool? Their extensive menu of all things coffee.
    • Word of Advice: Honestly, the same advice I provided for all of the above café’s apply to this one.

Dover, Delaware:

  • Governor’s Cafe: 144 King’s Highway, Dover, DE 19901
    • What’s Cool? The history of this building makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the 1700’s.
    • Word of Advice: Go in the summer, the outdoor seating area is beautiful.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 

  • OCF Coffee House: 1745 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
    • What’s Cool? The barista’s are super sweet and helpful when it comes to newbie coffee drinkers
    • Word of Advice: Sit down and stay awhile. This coffee shop is filled with students and doctors, as it is right next to a hospital, you are bound to meet some cool people!
  • Old City Coffee in Reading Terminal: 51 N. South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    • What’s Cool? This entire PLACE is what’s cool. To be honest, this particular coffee shop doesn’t really fit my standards in terms of seating area, BUT it is situated in one of Philadelphia’s coolest spots.
    • Word of Advice: Don’t come hungry! Once you are inside Reading Terminal, you will have EVERY option of food you can think of.

Hoboken, New Jersey:

  • Caffe Benne: Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
    • What’s Cool? Large range of options when it comes to coffee, “power” smoothies, and food!
    • Word of Advice: You have to buy something in order to gain access to WiFi. Definitely a smart move on their part, and you won’t be disappointed by anything you buy!

New York, New York:

  • Earth Café: 2576 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
    • What’s Cool? This place is straight from Italy, and the decor inside is SO cool! Plus there is a bar right up against the window, so it is IDEAL for people watching.
    • Word of Advice: You only get free Wifi for an hour, so be warned.

Brooklyn, New York:

  • Express Yourself Barista Bar: 82 Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
    • What’s Cool? The sign outside is what first attracted me, but the atmosphere inside is even cooler. Take time to check out the artwork.
    • Word of Advice: Get the doughnuts.

Chestertown, Maryland:

  • Play It Again Sam’s: 108 S. Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
    • What’s Cool? It doesn’t just sell coffee, it sells wine, too!
    • Word of Advice: It’s self serve coffee, so don’t wait in the line if you’re just getting a normal cup o’ joe!
  • Lemon Leaf Café: 337 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
    • What’s Cool? It’s an entire bakery, so don’t just go for the coffee, go for the whole damn thing.
    • Word of Advice: It doesn’t open until 11 AM on M-Th, so don’t expect to get your morning coffee here unless it’s on the weekends.

Cabarete, Dominican Republic:

  • Belgium Bakery: Princa Popular on Calle Principal, Cabarete, DR
    • What’s Cool? The outdoor seating, which you can take advantage of during any time of the year. Oh, and the coffee cups are really freakin’ cool.
    • Word of Advice: Expect to have an entire breakfast, not just coffee!
  • Fresh Fresh Café: Calle Principal, Cabarete, DR
    • What’s Cool? They sell special Dominican Coffee, and so many other cool, authentic products made in the DR.
    • Word of Advice: Forgo the coffee and go for one of their freshly made juices or smoothies.