Top Coffee Shops around Charlottesville
It seems that coffee shops are on every corner here in Charlottesville. With the warmer weather and spring starting in earnest, the outdoor patios are beginning to be set up and many people are setting up their computers or meeting with friends all over town – truly the best time of year!
Below are a few of our favorite stops around town:
Mudhouse is one of the older coffee shops in town. Begun as a coffee cart on the Mall in November 1993, the flagship store was opened on the Downtown Mall in 1995 with satellite locations in Tiger Fuel’s gourmet stations at Bellair and Mill Creek and then a second storefront in Crozet in 2009. Each shop has its own unique vibe – the one Downtown is perfect for people watching and the Crozet store has in-house concerts and other events.
Located on the other end of the Downtown Mall, this location has many cozy seating areas inside and a large patio seating area outside. Founded in 2006, this is a great place to meet if you prefer a more quiet atmosphere.
A relative newcomer to the coffee scene – opened in July 2012 – Milli Joe is a treasure trove of artisanal goods, art gallery openings, poetry readings, high-quality coffee, Neuhaus Chocolates, and Flora Artisanal Cheese. Although it’s located on a busy corner at the intersection of McIntire and Preston, you can often see people sitting on the outdoor patio at all hours.
Cville Coffee is the place to go to meet a colleague or professor or catch up with an old friend. It’s also one of the few coffee shops in town that caters to young families and sports its very own Lonesome George carved tortoise sculpture. Founded around 2001, Cville Coffee is located in the Allied Business Park just across from Circa and Great Harvest Bakery. Live music many Friday & Saturday evenings. C’ville Coffee serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a bakery with pies, cakes, cookies, and muffins.
It’s difficult to listen to local radio without hearing a commercial with the distinctive voice of the owner. Starting out as a small batch toaster in 1993, the first store was opened in May 2007 just across the street from Washington Park – off Preston. A favorite of students, it’s hard to find a comfier place to sit during the winter, but spring and warmer weather provides more outside seating options. A second location is on Ivy Road at the former Java Java location. The Preston store also sells beans by the pound.
Another newcomer, this tiny shop on Fontaine Avenue is directly opposite the Frys Spring Station restaurant and next to Thai 99 and Guadalajara. It’s a great place to sit while you wait for work to be done on your car at the nearby Cville Imports or a car inspection at the station across the street. Small on seating, but big on friendliness. They close early, so make this your first stop of the day.
This one is hard to get to unless you’re on foot or are okay with paying for parking in the garage just down the street. Located on quaint Elliewood, this is a great place to catch a poetry reading or musical performance and be surrounded by the college crowd sipping locally roasted Shenandoah Joe coffee. Founded in 2008, Grit has now expanded to include the former Cafe Cubano space on the Downtown Mall, the Trailside Coffee in Old Trail and a location in the Ix Building.
Another long time favorite – founded in 1992 – it’s difficult to get a seat inside the Barracks Road location most mornings, but there’s plenty of outdoor seating. There’s a great bakery selection as well as other breakfast and lunch options. You can also stop here for a quick dessert as the location tends to stay open later. You can also find a Greenberry’s at the Alderman Library at UVA.