Need a caffeine fix? Well, leave the chains behind and opt for one of these local coffee shops instead. You can avoid the standard corporate interior and spend an afternoon in a comfy cozy cafe with great coffee and even greater sweet treats. Trust me. With a good book in hand, these coffee shops could be the escape you need. Take a look inside and imagine yourself there now:
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1. Las Vetas Lounge
27 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
This funky vintage inspired coffee house is a great option for a quick lunch and serves up great java drinks.
2. Victoria Station Cafe
91 Main Street, Putnam, Connecticut 06260
Try the famous chai or get your hands on some local apple cider. It all pairs well with their extensive selection of sweets.
3. The Vanilla Bean Cafe
450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret Center, Connecticut 06259
Set in a 19th century barn, this place is overflowing with rustic charm. And since it also serves light dinner, you could literally be here all day.
4. The Coffee Trade
21 West Main Street (Rt 44), Avon, Connecticut 06001
This place is for folks who really like coffee. Have a cup or buy a pound in this cozy, grandma-esque shop.
5. Redding Roasters
81 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, Connecticut 06801
This quirky little shop delivers freshly roasted, artisanal beans from around the world straight to your cup. And they're really happy about it.
6. Common Grounds
1096 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405
There's always a place to sit at this laid-back shop, and you'll often find people in here working away. Although the cakes on display can be a little distracting.
7. Dom's Coffee
20 West Main Street, Avon, Connecticut 06001
At Dom's, they believe coffee makes you better. And when it's delivered in a bright, minimalist space it's hard to disagree.
8. Blue State Coffee
84 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511
This specialty coffee store has been spreading across the New England region, and for good reason. The drinks are absolutely delicious!
2 Post Office Lane, Westport, Connecticut 06880
Found at Greens Farms Train Station, Steam prides itself on delivering fresh organic coffee with speed. It's the perfect stop along the train route, whether you're commuting or just exploring.
10. Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe
537 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06105
There really is no place like this. Coffe shop during the day, this place transforms in to a popular bar scene at night. You'll feel like you're in a jazz lounge.
11. Whistle Stop Cafe
139 Broad Street, Windsor, Connecticut 06095
They make a mean cup of coffee, but the real bonus is the fact that they serve breakfast all day long. So feel free to sleep in.
12. The Coffee Pedaler
605 E Street, New Haven, CT 06511
You'll be blown away by the Spiced Cider with Chai, served up in a chic and colorful atmosphere.
13. Cafe Atlantique
33 River Street, Milford, Connecticut 06460
Downtown Milford never looked so good. Local art and live music can be found in this open, aroma filled space.
14. J.René Coffee Roasters
320 Park Road, West Hartford, Connecticut 06119
If anyone has mastered the art of coffee making it's these guys. Head over to this hip spot and try an espresso you'll never forget.