Local coffee shops are hubs for college students, professionals passing through on their way to the next meeting, freelancers working on their own terms, and retirees shooting the breeze over their favorite cuppa. Who doesn’t want to spend time in a coffee shop?
In fact, we’d go so far as to say the sign of a great town is having an excellent coffee shop or two. You know the places. They smell great, have coveted window seats, and offer top-notch, near-perfect coffee. We’re proud to have five just like that in Staunton. Come sit and sip.
The By & By | 140 E. Beverley Street
Remember the college students we mentioned? The By & By is their primary hang-out in Staunton, and that’s alright with us. Fancy lattes served with fresh Newtown Bakery pastries are just what sleepy eyes need on a fast paced morning in the Queen City.
The By & By is a great locale for people watching, and you never know who might pop through the door. Actors from the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse enjoy coffees, teas, and smoothies, too. Some folks don’t like to pass through as much as they like to stay and “sit a spell.” Knitters, painters, and readers make themselves at home in one of the sweetest places in Staunton. You’re invited to do the same.
Staunton Coffee & Tea | 32 S. New Street
Greeting those entering the city by way of the World’s Largest Watering Can on Route 250 is Staunton Coffee & Tea on the corner of Johnson and New Streets. Sprawling, by coffee shop standards, this chill spot is an airy corner space with morning light flooding in. It’s the perfect wake-up call for those who must. have. coffee.
Blue Mountain Coffees | 12 Byers Street
In a great little pedestrian area of Staunton, the aroma from Blue Mountain fills the air and lures passersby in. Locally roasted coffee is always dripping and the offerings change daily. It’s great place to tuck away and put your nose to the grind if you’re working. Also a great place to duck in after your farmers’ market perusing on Saturday mornings. When the weather is wonderful, however, you may have to arm wrestle to get one of the patio seats. It’s the perfect place for people watching and enjoying a nice breeze.
Rooster Art & Coffee | 18 E. Beverley Street
Your true comfortable coffee shop reprieve may be best found at Rooster. It’s a natural magnet for artsy types because Rooster is part gallery and part coffee shop. The walls are filled with from top to bottom with artwork while the back of the room serves up a rotating mix of fine gourmet coffee, including Turkish. Settle in and write that book or simply take time to breathe for once.
Cranberry’s Grocery & eatery | 7 S. New Street
Locally roasted organic coffee beans deliver one of the best cups of coffee in Staunton, and you can get such a cup at Cranberry’s. “Lester’s Best” is so well known that the shop ships it. Enjoy it in-house in a big mug with a free refill or take it to go and wish you had more. Choice is yours. Choose wisely.