This Hot List of Cool Coffee Houses are our favorite places to “do coffee like a local”.
While traveling and exploring new places, the last thing you should do is drink a generic cup of java. There is always a typical Dunkin’ or Starbucks at every turn. But you can do that at home (yawn), or even at an airport.
When you’re away, check out the local coffee spots. Every coffee house has its own personality — a unique vibe that offers real local flavor (pun intended). Doing coffee like a local allows you to absorb the essence of the area and its people. Whether you tuck away into a booth or saddle up to the counter, you will easily blend right in.
Remember, coffee shops are like community common spaces. They offer a wonderful opportunity to chat with local folks, to ask about cool area restaurants and sights to see, or to discuss the local buzz.
No matter if you’re into frothy fancy-schmancy coffees or a simple cuppa, you’ll find it here. And it will be extra delicious because you added in the rich local flavor.
There are countless independently owned charming coffee houses in North Country and Northeast Kingdom. To start, here are our some of our favorite nearby gems for a solid coffee fix and a little local mingling if desired:
Inkwell Coffee & Tea House (Proper coffee & tea menu & great lunch spot)
42 Mill Street, Littleton, NH
Hours: Mon – Fri 7 am – 4:00 pm. Sat 8 am – 4 pm
*** GREAT environs! We love the furnished outside garden area right along the river. And the inside setting is cool too – a variety of inviting rooms & comfy sofas to cozy into. Great light lunch offerings (many healthy options) and sweet things to temp you.
Crumb Bar (great bakery & proper coffee & tea offerings)
97 Main Street, Littleton, NH
Hours: Mon – Fri 7 am – 2 pm. Sat/Sun 8 am – 4 pm
*** Cool Main Street vibe with nod to the nostalgic. Yum small batch creative pastries you can’t say no to. Also a small lunch menu.
The Coffee Pot (a real neighborhood lunch spot)
30 Main Street, Littleton NH
Hours: Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 4 pm. Sat 6:30 am – 2 pm
*** Definitely a local hot spot. Grab a seat at the counter and enjoy fun chats with whoever rolls in. Full menu – save room for pie!
Littleton Diner (A classic New England diner)
145 Main Street, Littleton, NH
Hours: Daily 7 am – 8 pm
*** A well-known fav of Yankee Magazine. Large menu of New England diner fare. Choose a booth and watch Main Street go by from the window. Again, save room for pie and a solid cup of Joe.
Bread & Butter (lunch & coffee spot)
139 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury VT
Hours: Mon – Fri 7 am – 4 pm. Sat 7 am – 2 pm
***Healthy locally inspired lunch menu (great for vegetarians & vegans).
Locally Social (neighborhood coffee shop)
21 Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury,VT
Hours: Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 5:00 pm. Sat & Sun 6 am – 1 pm
Cafe Lotti (proper coffee house & lunch spot)
603 Route 114, Burke, VT
Hours: Mon – Thur 7 am – 4:00 pm. Fri/Sat/Sun 7 am – 2 pm
*** Comfy coffee house to relax in. Enjoy a hearty sandwich for lunch & chat up with the neighbors.
Sarah’s Country Diner at Harry’s Hardware (You can’t get more local this!)
3087 Main Street, Cabot, VT
Hours: Mon – Sat 7 am – 3 pm
*** This is a real-deal awesome local experience that you will long remember (in a good way). Yes, it’s in a vintage hardware store. Yes, you can at a local bar (sit in a tractor seat, no less) and taste a few Vermont craft beers. Then, wander to the rear of the store and enter Sarah’s Country Diner. Visit with Sarah (and plenty of friendly local folk). The lunch menu is homemade delicious and the coffee is always on!
Maia Papaya (full coffee menu & lunch spot )
2161 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH
Hours: Mon – Thurs 7 am – 3 pm, Fri/Sat/Sun 7 am – 5 pm
*** Cool local vibe. Lunch menu is dedicated to vegetarian & vegan offerings.
Of course, there’s no place like home when it comes to a relaxing cup of coffee. When you return to the inn after a fun-filled day, there is always complimentary coffee & tea waiting for you.
And DON’T miss that amazing and heavenly pastry table (also complimentary) served daily between 2 – 5 pm. Cozy up to a cup in the common rooms or in your guestroom. Sip away and relax.