Richmond has no shortage of locally owned coffee shops and bakeries with quality coffee service that are perfect for the chilly weather. Below is a listing of quality establishments that made Richmond On The Cheap’s Favorite Coffee Shops listing with photos to highlight their strongest features. National Coffee Day was Sept. 29, but the world’s largest coffee chain is still celebrating through October.
☕️ From Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, Starbucks is celebrating its Starbucks Rewards members with Star Days — a weeklong celebration featuring an exclusive National Coffee Day offer, games and exciting ways to earn more Stars.
☕️ Panera kicked off National Coffee Day by expanding its Family Feast Meals to now include breakfast! New Breakfast Feasts are now rolling out to Panera cafes nationwide and are available in two varieties – Breakfast Sandwich Feast + Fresh Baked Goods Feast. OF COURSE FREE UNLIMITED PREMIUM COFFEE Anyone who signs up for the MyPanera+ Coffee Subscription will receive FREE unlimited premium hot coffee, iced coffee and hot tea for one month. After that, you’ll pay just $8.99/month. Sign up HERE to participate – but hurry! This freebie is only redeemable for a limited time.
Richmond On The Cheap’s Favorite Coffee Shops:
Here in Richmond we do not need a special occasion to enjoy hot brew. Numerous establishments serve up coffee as their main feature. Numerous bakeries’ coffee service accompanies delectable sweets, heightening the culinary experience. Did you favorite coffee shop make the list of Richmond On The Cheap’s favorite local cafes and bakeries that feed the desire for quality coffee and treats?
Best Café, located within the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia USA 23220-4007) serves up sandwiches, soup, salads, beverages and sweets in a spacious, light-filled space. A wall of windows and terrace overlook a reflecting pool and the Robins Sculpture Garden. Located off the Atrium on the entry level. Admission to the VMFA is always FREE so you can enjoy the art for inspiration. There is also the possibility of live music or a performance taking place on Thursdays (jazz) or Fridays (DJs + wine and tours).
Black Hand Coffee, 3101 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221. Local, groovy coffee shop in a cozy Museum District locale. Dogs, tattoos, hipsters.
Brewer’s Café, 1125 Bainbridge St., Richmond, Virginia 23224. Hip, Southside café in the Manchester neighborhood with personable staff and owner. Specialty coffee, tea, sandwiches, pastries & Bourbon. Best Sandwich Shop in the State of Virginia according to Travel & Leisure
Can Can Brasserie, 3120 W Cary St., Richmond, Virginia. This décor at Can Can Brasserie may transport you to Paris but the Cary Street locale with foot traffic and hustle and bustle will have you equally entertained and sated. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. Outdoor dining. Oo la la!
Idle Hands Bread Company, 407 Strawberry St., Richmond, Virginia 23220. Bakery specializing in 100% sourdough bread and pastry. Located in Richmond’s historic Fan District. Stay away from this bakery because addiction is real. Sweet and savory French-style pastry, scones, biscuits and vegan options as well. Many seasonal options made with local products. Yum!
Lamplighter Coffee Roasters – specialty coffee roasting company from Richmond Va, with three locations . Quaint, intimate atmosphere. Morris St. Café: 26 N. Morris St., Addison St. Cafe : 116 S. Addison St. & Summit Ave. Roast Lab: 1719 Summit Ave.
Nate’s Bagels, 21 S Allen Ave., Richmond, Virginia 23220. At this Fan District establishment, you guessed it, the satisfying bagels are the attraction. While the brew is on point, the accompanying fresh, yeasty treats brings out the best in the beverage.
Perk Bon Air, 2620 Buford Rd (Next to Joe’S Out!) Richmond, Virginia. Casual South of the James coffee and lunch spot in the heart of Bon Air next to Joe’s Out at the corner of Forest Hill and Buford Road.
Rostov’s Coffee & Tea, 1618 W Main St., Richmond, Virginia. Amazing selection of over 60 freshly roasted coffees, over 40 exotic loose tea, mugs and related items.
Red Cap Patisserie, 719 North Meadow, Richmond, Virginia 23220. OMG! The sweet and savory pastries here are amazing! You do not even have to pronounce Kouign Amann correctly, but you may learn over time as it calls to you: “Call me by my name!” Highly experienced owner and pastry chef Martine Wladar has been crafting delicious treats for cafés and restaurants throughout NYC and NJ. Now in The Fan, Martine and her husband John bring their unique take on traditional French and European inspired fare to Richmond. (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Shore Dog, 435 N Ridge Rd, Richmond, Virginia. Freshly roasted coffee, local food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and ice cream at Shore Dog Café, located in the Tuckahoe Shopping Center. Features Lamplighter Roasting Co. coffee beans and Homestead Creamery ice cream.
Stella’s Café, 1012 Lafayette St., Richmond, Virginia. Rustic & modern Greek cuisine, bringing the freshest ingredients & Mediterranean fare table side.
Stir Crazy Café, 4015 MacArthur Ave., Richmond, Virginia 23227. Northside neighborhood establishment serving Counter Culture Coffee, Blue Ridge Bucha, Snowing in Space and Rostov’s Tea. Stop by for seasonal drink specials, and check in frequently for events.
Sugar & Twine, 2928 W Cary St, Richmond, Virginia. Groovy Carytown neighborhood vibe, beautiful pastries w/ flavors to entice your palate. From cookies and scones to muffins and cakes, we seek to keep your sweet tooth satisfied.
Sub Rosa Bakery, 620 N 25th St., Richmond, Virginia. Wood fired bakery and stone-milled operation located in the historic neighborhood of Church Hill specializing in the timeless craft of bread and pastry using organic, regional and heirloom grains, with new world and Turkish influences. Notable menu items include pogaca (a Turkish empanada), lamb/beef borek (a Turkish hand pie.), French sweet and savory pastries as well as earthy breads.
Urban Hang Suite RVA, 304 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia. Lively location in the heart of the city by Jackson Ward and VCU with a motto of coffee, connection, culture.
5047 Forest Hill Ave. Richmond, Virginia 23225 -A locally owned cafe and Venue. With live music Friday and Saturday night. Full cafe and 8 beers on tap.
Whisk, 2100 E Main St., Richmond, Virginia. Offering Parisian-style pastries and bread, locally roasted coffee, fresh sandwiches, and wine & mimosas to the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood daily. Beware, the bake-at-home frozen croissants may become a habit.
Mark your calendar for National Coffee Day in September 2021. A few national chains offer special deals for customers. These national brands had specials in our area: ,
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