Attractions November 23, 2015
These 16 Unique Coffee Shops In Virginia Are Perfect To Wake You Up
Ok, Virginia. It’s official. The holidays are here. Shopping is already in full force. Family is on the way. And the craziness is just beginning. All that to say, you might just need to get out of the house now and then for a little peace and quiet – and a little pick-me-up. These 25 coffee shops throughout the state are the perfect places to satisfy your caffeine cravings, as well as discover your new favorite hangout for any time of year.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Grounded Coffee Shop, Alexandria
Located in the heart of Alexandria, Grounded Coffee Shop serves fresh, fair-trade coffees, delicious pastries baked on-site, 100% real fruit smoothies and activities (including a train table) for the little ones. Pop in for a freshly baked French pastry, a good cup of joe, some live music and enjoy the French country flair of this down-to-earth coffeehouse. Visit them at
Grounded Coffee Shop
to learn more.
2. Bad Ass Coffee, Virginia Beach
It’s hard not to stop with a name like this. Bass Ass Coffee started in Hawaii and took its name from the hardworking donkeys that haul the coffee beans down the Hawaiian mountainside. With a shop located on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, it’s the perfect place to stop for a cup of delicious 100% organic Kona coffee, fresh breakfast items or homemade sandwiches, wraps and more. Visit them at 619 18th Street in Virginia Beach or check them out on Facebook at
Bad Ass Coffee - Virginia Beach Oceanfront
3. Sweet Donkey Coffee House, Roanoke
Like Bad Ass Coffee, the Sweet Donkey Coffee House in Roanoke pays homage to the donkeys that traditionally served as pack animals for bringing coffee beans down from the mountains…from a slightly softer angle. Serving only Counter Culture gourmet coffees, they focus on unique flavors and delicious blends from sustainable sources. And now that they also serve wine, beer and waffles, there’s truly something for everyone! Visit their website at
Sweet Donkey Coffee Shop
to learn more.
4. Land of a Thousand Hills, Daleville
Land of a Thousand Hills is a chain with locations in other states, but with a motto that states "Drink Coffee. Do Good.” their message is still one of local community. Founded in 2005, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. partners with Rwandan farmers and communities to grow their 100% Arabica coffee, creating sustainable income, living wages and ongoing development for the people of Rwanda. Visit their cozy shop in Daleville for a delicious cup of coffee, pastries, soups and sandwiches, but most of all for the knowledge that you’re making a difference in the world. Visit them at 90 Town Center Street, Suite 106 in Daleville or on Facebook at
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. - Daleville
5. Zazzy'Z Coffee House and Roastery, Abingdon
Featuring fresh-brewed coffee and espresso, plus homemade soups, sandwiches, muffins, and full-service dinners, Zazzy’Z is a coffee shop with some sass. Come in for some time with friends, or just to chill out with some tasty treats and a cup of always delicious coffee. It won’t take long to see why Zazzy’Z has earned Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia award. Check out
Zazzy'Z Coffee House and Roastery
online to learn more.
6. Idego Coffee, Christiansburg
Focused on the art of “Craft Coffee,” Idego Coffee prides themselves on serving only the best - with special attention to distinct flavors, roasting and, of course, brewing. Stop in to see the difference for yourself or better yet, attend one of their weekly classes on brewing, tasting and coffee production. For directions, hours and a calendar of events, visit them at
7. Bean Tree Café, Lynchburg
If you want to truly live out the adage “Shop Local. Live Local.” the Bean Tree Café is the place to do it. Their commitment to local sustainability has resulted in tantalizing brews using locally roasted coffee from Rosetta Coffee Co. They also offer a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner with gluten-free options and homemade sweet treats and desserts from local baker, Tutu Sweet…not to mention works from local artists available for purchase. While you're out supporting local business in Lynchburg this holiday season, a stop at Bean Tree Café is a must. Visit their website at
Bean Tree Café
to learn more.
8. Brewin’ Around, Radford
What sets Brewin’ Around in Radford apart from the chain coffee shops is their easy, relaxed atmosphere, great customer service and, of course, a really great cup of coffee - hot or cold. Also known for the amazing food, which includes breakfast sandwiches and paninis, Brewin’ Around is an all-around win. Visit them at 1026 A Clement Street in Radford or on Facebook at
9. GRIT Coffee Shop, Charlottesville
Originally opened as Para Coffee on Elliewood Avenue near the University of Virginia, Grit Coffee is the next phase of the original vision - to bring people together in a space that encompasses the founders’ love for Virginia culture, food and coffee. Today, Grit offers locations on the Downtown Mall, Elliewood Avenue and in Crozet, each with delicious homemade foods, baked goods, wine, beer and fresh coffees and espressos. Visit their website at
to find out about the location closest to you.
10. Lamplighter Roasting Company, Richmond
For the feel of a true “local," Lamplighter Roasting Company in Richmond offers you not one, but three options. From their original shop on Addison Street, this small, specialty “roasting” company has grown to include locations on Summit Avenue (pictured above) and Morris Street. But they have maintained consistency in their handcrafted coffee blends and delicious foods, ensuring the ultimate coffee shop experience no matter where you go. To find out about their coffee tastings and special selections at each location, visit them online at
Lamplighter Roasting Company
11. Northside Social Coffee and Wine, Arlington
For great coffee, Northside Social is the place to go. But coffee’s not all you have to choose from at this cozy shop. Designed to be a true community gathering place, Northside Social offers cozy sofas inside and an open patio outside where you can enjoy coffees, sandwiches and fresh bakery items. Or head upstairs for a taste of Northside's second floor wine bar. Stop in to hang out with friends or listen to live music any time of day. Learn more about this Zagat rated shop at their website,
Northside Social Arlington
12. The By and By Cafe and Beer Garden, Staunton
This Staunton staple started in 2002 as Coffee on the Corner. Today, they’ve grown from just coffee to a local hotspot for gourmet espresso drinks, bagels, grilled sandwiches, craft beer and wine - without missing a beat when it comes to serving a the perfect cup of hand brewed coffee. Located just next to the Blackfriar’s Playhouse, you’ll often see actors coming in and out, plus you can take advantage of The By and By’s collaborations with local business, including books, teas, pastries, dairy products and artwork. Learn more at
The By and By
13. Main Street Coffee Emporium, Danville
Main Street Coffee Emporium prides themselves on service and quality, ensuring that you feel right at home the minute you step in the door. As Danville’s only coffee roasting company, they serve up the freshest coffees, espressos and lattes, along with a tempting selection of homemade baked goods, breakfast items, soups, salads and sandwiches. Be sure to visit Main Street Coffee Emporium at 547 Main Street in Danville or check them out on Facebook at
Main Street Coffee Emporium
14. Elliot’s Fair Grounds News and Coffee, Norfolk
In addition to serving up one fine cup of coffee, Elliot’s Fair Grounds is Norfolk’s oldest independent coffee shop. This means that you’ll enjoy coffee and homemade foods that have been perfected over time. With a newly expanded food menu, including classic locally made bakery items and sweet treats, you’ll always find the perfect pick-me-up. Find out about hours, menus and local events at
Elliot’s Fair Grounds News and Coffee
15. Blackstone Coffee Company, Fredericksburg
When you make quality your top priority, chances are, you’re going to serve an exceptional cup of coffee. At Blackstone Coffee Company, that’s exactly what you’ll find. But far from just a place to get your morning started right, Blackstone also offers breakfast and lunch options, live music events and an all-around hometown experience. Visit them at
Blackstone Coffee Company
to learn more.
16. Micah’s Coffee, Waynesboro (and now in Stuart’s Draft)
We might give drive-thru fast food restaurants a hard time, but when it comes to convenience, a drive-thru is hard to beat! Especially when what you get is a perfectly brewed, hand crafted cup of coffee. Micah’s Coffee is a small shop with big flavor, perfect for a coffee, espresso, frappe or smoothie any time of day. Don’t overlook this Waynesboro gem - visit them online at
for their hours and location.
Now that we’ve got your morning off to a good start, we want to know: where is your favorite local coffee shop? Have you been to any of the shops mentioned on this list? Share your thoughts and contributions in the comments below!