Caffeinate your ride: Coffee shops along the Greenway

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Borealis Coffee Company is a popular pit stop along the East Bay Bike Path in Riverside, R.I.

Whether you want to jump start your bike ride with a cup of joe first thing, enjoy a break along the way, or toast the end of a morning run, you’ll find hundreds of coffee shops along the Greenway. Here are a few of our favorites. Let us know if we’ve missed any good ones -- see the form below.

Maine 

  • Yarmouth: Maine Roasters Coffee, 305 Rt. 1, 0.03 mi from Greenway. With a tagline like, “life is too short for bad coffee,” there’s a reason this shop has been in business for 23 years. Maine Roasters is open seven days a week and even serves whoopie pies from a local bakery.

  • Gardiner: Gardiner Co-Op, 269 Water St, 0.03 mi from Greenway. This co-op grocery store sells local food items and serves as a meeting place for the Gardiner community. The accompanying cafe is a great spot to grab a coffee as you browse through local goods.

New Hampshire

  • Portsmouth: Caffe Kilim, 63 Islington St, 0.36 mi from Greenway. A Portsmouth institution for over 25 years, Caffe Kilim has a close cadre of regulars who stop by every week to enjoy coffee seated at tables surrounded by walls hung with rugs (“kilims” in Turkish), postcards and Polaroid photos.

Rhode Island

  • Providence: Coffee Exchange, 207 Wickenden St, 0.09 mi from Greenway. This Providence business is a wholesale coffee company with a shop near the waterfront. The Coffee Exchange emphasizes ethical sourcing of coffee beans and ecologically sustainable practices.

  • Riverside: Borealis Coffee Company, 250 Bullocks Point Ave, sits right on the East Bay Bike Path, part of the Greenway’s complementary route in a charming former train depot. Borealis prides itself on its small-batch roasted specialty coffee. Its menu also includes local teas and pastries from local bakeries.

Massachusetts 

  • Boston: Thinking Cup, 85 Newbury St, 0.26 mi from Greenway. With several locations scattered throughout Boston, Thinking Cup is a solid option for any variety of espresso drinks as well as traditional brewed coffee. The menu also includes breakfast sandwiches, teas and pastries. 

  • Worcester: Fuel America, 6 Mercantile St, 0.14 mi from Greenway. Fuel America is an Americana-themed coffee shop with coffee varieties like Patriot’s Blend. If you don’t drink coffee, they also offer homemade seltzers, fruit juices and smoothies.

Connecticut

  • New Haven: Fussy Coffee, 290 Winchester Ave, adjacent to the Greenway. This coffee shop was recommended for its atmosphere and selection of coffees, drinks and snacks. From classic coffees to seasonal drinks as well as breakfast and lunch options, Fussy will have what you need to recharge before continuing your journey on the Greenway. — recommended by New Haven Friends of the Farmington Canal.

  • Bridgeport: Source Coffeehouse, 2889 Fairfield Ave, 0.27 mi from Greenway. Source believes in “connecting people, cultivating place and crafting product.” With an emphasis on building and emphasizing community, this establishment serves a variety of coffee and espresso beverages as well as breakfast and lunch cafe items.

  • Fairfield: Gruel Britannia, 2217 Post Road, 0.3 mi from Greenway. Just around a corner away from the Greenway, Gruel Brittannia offers affordable meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Its English treats make it a favorite spot for many. — recommended by the Joneses

  • Darien: Neat Coffee, 20 Grove St, 0.22 mi from Greenway. “Offering the finest in Connecticut in an approachable setting,” Neat is located in Darien’s cute downtown district. The shop is open seven days a week.

New York

  • NYC: Blue Bottle Coffee, 450 W 15th St, 0.09 mi from Greenway. Inspired by the supposed first-ever coffee shop in Vienna, Blue Bottle is now an international chain. Its Chelsea location was the company’s first of 18 New York City area coffee shops.

  • NYC: The Uptown Garrison, 821 W 181st St, 0.2 mi from Greenway. Just a few blocks from George Washington Bridge and Fort Washington Park Greenway. Offers premium coffee — not to mention craft cocktails and brick oven pizza. — recommended by Joe Cutrufo

  • NYC: The Elk, 128 Charles St, 0.16 mi from Greenway. The Elk isn’t just a coffee shop - it’s also a general store. Located in the West Village, this shop has a full breakfast and lunch menu in addition to beverages.

New Jersey

  • Jersey City: Snapdragon Coffee and Social, 190 Monticello Ave, 0.08 mi from Greenway. Located in a former uniform factory, this new coffee shop is a popular gathering place that also hosts events like book clubs. Food offerings include empanadas and pastries.

  • Newark: Little Goat Coffee Shop, 16 Haines St, 0.6 mi from Greenway. Cafe and micro-roaster using ethically sourced coffee beans from around the world. "Great people! Delicious coffee! Best in Delaware probably. Great outdoor seating where you can keep your eyes on your bike." — recommended by Mike Hahn

  • Cranford: Track 5 Coffee, 5 Eastman St, 0.3 mi from Greenway. Great selection of coffees, other drinks, and snacks. — recommended by Eugene

  • Edison: Coffee House & Cafe, 931 Amboy Ave, one block from Greenway. Community based coffee shop serves espresso, coffees and organic teas along with pastries, snacks and specialty sandwiches. Music and other programs often offered. — recommended by Bob Takash

  • Princeton: Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon St, 0.02 mi from Greenway. Small World is a local favorite, especially college students. Though lines can be long, customers rave about the friendly customer service and welcoming atmosphere.

Pennsylvania 

  • Philadelphia: River Wards Cafe, 3118 Richmond St, .4 mi from current Greenway route. Handsome shop in fast-growing Port Richmond neighborhood. Emphasis on freshness, local sourcing, and product quality — and supporter of the Greenway and Riverfront North Partnership. — recommended by Riverfront North Partnership

  • Philadelphia: La Colombe, 1335 Frankford Ave, 0.08 mi from Greenway. This shop is one location of many shops run by this roasting company, which boasts a variety of coffees, including special blends for holidays. They also have other unique beverages such as a vegan-friendly oatmilk draft latte.

  • Bristol: Calm Waters Coffee Roasters, 242 Mill St, 0.62 mi from Greenway. A cozy coffee shop near the quaint Bristol waterfront, Calm Waters prides itself on its small batch roasting technique. The shop hosts brew classes to teach patrons how to brew their own high-quality coffee.

Delaware

  • Wilmington: LOMA Coffee, 239 N. Market St, 0.01 mi from Greenway. Opened as part of an effort to revitalize Wilmington’s LoMa creative district, LOMA has been in business since 2010. The shop also hosts events, including market days and live music.

Maryland 

  • Baltimore: Spro Coffee, 851 W. 36th St, 0.1 mi from Greenway Founded in a branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, Spro now operates its flagship location in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood. This coffee shop offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

  • Severna Park: The Big Bean, 558 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, on the Greenway. Great coffee, baked goods, and lots of cyclists to keep you company as the shop backs up to the popular B&A Trail, with outdoor seating. Nearby attractions include PedalPushers bike shop, FroYo, Jeno's Cheesesteaks, Squisito Pizza, Sophie's Crepes, and more. — recommended by John Pescatore, Jon Korin

  • Annapolis: Brown Mustache Coffee, 35 Maryland Ave, 0.01 mi from Greenway Nestled in Old Fox Books just blocks from the United States Naval Academy, Brown Mustache is a small coffee shop for book lovers and coffee lovers alike. The shop also occasionally hosts art exhibits.

Washington, D.C.

  • The Village Cafe, 1272 Fifth St., NE, 0.19 mi from Greenway The Village Cafe calls DC’s Union Market neighborhood home, and elevating their community is one of the business’s main goals. The shop features local food and drinks from “underserved, aspiring and budding entrepreneurs and creatives.”

Virginia

  • Richmond: Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Company, 1903 A Westwood Ave, 0.38 mi from Greenway This cool shop in Richmond’s Acca community is just one of this local roasting company’s shops. The shop is open every weekday and holds free public cuppings every Friday morning.
  • Fredericksburg: Agora Downtown Coffee Shop & Roastery, 520 Caroline St, 0.05 mi from Greenway Opened by two college friends, Agora is a coffee shop and gift shop. In addition to coffee, you’ll find specialty liquor drinks, baked goods and sandwiches, handmade gifts by dozens of local artisans, and used books.

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Cuba Coffee on the East Coast Greenway in Big Pine Key, Florida.

North Carolina 

  • Clayton:  9 Bar Coffeehouse, 411 Athletic Club Blvd, .67 mi from Greenway. Baked goods, breakfast and lunch, beer and wine. — recommended by Jody Cole

  • Durham: Bean Traders, 105 W NC 54 #249, 0.04 mi from Greenway. In business for almost 20 years, Bean Traders roasts its own coffee, sold wholesale and in the Durham shop. Find drinks with a twist like espresso soda in addition to traditional coffee beverages, as well as waffles, pie and more.

  • Fayetteville: Rude Awakening, 227 Hay St, 0.13 mi from Greenway. Rude Awakening is located in a converted soda shop in downtown Fayetteville. Sourcing espresso from Charlotte, this coffee shop serves coffee in many forms, including cold brew and lattes.

South Carolina 

  • Charleston: Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, 159 Church St, 0.2 mi from Greenway. Bitty & Beau’s was founded to create opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Charleston location is the second location for Bitty & Beau’s, which was founded in Wilmington, North Carolina.

  • Mount Pleasant: Metto Coffee & Tea, 354 W Coleman Blvd, 0.02 mi from Greenway. Metto’s tagline “love in every cup” encapsulates what the business strives for - creating a welcoming community gathering space. In addition to coffee, the shop serves breakfast and lunch favorites like chocolate croissants and paninis.

Georgia

  • Savannah: Sentient Bean,  13 E. Park Ave, on the Greenway. Great old-school coffee shop ambiance on the south end of Forsyth Park. Great coffee & veg-friendly food. The shopkeepers are longtime champions of a more walkable, bikeable Savannah.

  • Savannah: Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 W. Liberty St, on the Greenway This Savannah institution has been open since 1909. The large venue not only serves coffee, but boasts a full menu for breakfast, lunch and brunch as well as event venues available for reservation.

  • Brunswick: Daddy Cate's Coffees, 302 Gloucester St, 0.26 mi from Greenway Daddy Cate’s is located in cute, historic downtown Brunswick only two blocks from the waterfront. The menu boasts an extensive list of coffee and espresso drinks as well as breakfast and lunch staples such as breakfast sandwiches, muffins, salads, and hot dogs. 

Florida

  • Jacksonville Beach: Delicomb, 102 6TH Ave North, on the Greenway. If you’re looking for a shop that has coffee, sandwiches and kimchi - you’ve found it. Delicomb’s coffee is sourced from Gainesville, and the shop is open Tuesday through Sunday. 

  • TItusville: Bagel 13, 1250 Garden St, on the Greenway. Bagels made on site and specialty iced coffee, 'uff said.. — recommended by Ron Voll

  • Stuart: The Whistle Stop, 4920 SE Dixie Hwy, on the Greenway. Find hearty breakfasts and lunches here including signature hoagies and grill fare along with your cup of joe. — recommended by Mary H.

  • Big Pine Key: Cuba Coffee, 30933 Avenue A, 0.03 mi from Greenway. Serving Cuban-inspired coffee, pastries and excellent sandwiches, Cuba Coffee is a favorite in the small community of Big Pine Key and makes a great stop during a ride through the Keys.

  • Key West: Baby’s Coffee, 3180 US Highway 1 MM 15, on the Greenway. Located on the way into Key West proper, Baby’s Coffee is located on a small strip of land within the Lower Sugarloaf Sound. Baby’s serves coffee inspired by its Florida keys locale, offers wholesale beans and even has limited bike supplies available.

 

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