Finding a cozy cafe that strikes your fancy in Vermont is as reliable as their 120” Green Mountain snowfalls in winter, and the shade of their charming covered bridges in summer. Cafes, be they vintage, country, or urban are abundant across the state and we’ve found some of the best.
1.3 Squares Cafe
© 3 Squares Cafe
As its name implies, this casual eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The family-friendly café features made-from-scratch cooking, and is known for its generous servings. Located in Vergennes’s historic downtown area, they’re open every day. Visitors can expect a casual ambiance in their vintage dining room, or seasonally, on their sidewalk patio. Hearty fare ranges from organic burgers to homemade hummus to challah french toast. There are also several vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. The cafe prides itself on the use of local produce, organic meats, locally-roasted coffee, homemade soups, freshly baked pastries, craft beer, and regional wines.
141 Main Street, Vergennes, VT, Phone: 802-877-2772
2.Bristol Cliffs Cafe
© Bristol Cliffs Café
Bristol Cliffs Cafe in downtown Bristol, Vermont, has been creating satisfied diners for over 35 years. A community staple, the café evolved over the years from bakery to café when the bakery manager purchased the business and made it her own. Diners can indulge in homestyle breakfast and lunch during the week, and brunch on the weekends. Visitors should expect a pretty standard and reasonably priced breakfast menu. Lunch offers everything from chicken pot pie to a Portobello Panini to quiche of the day. The café also serves lunch combos that include sandwiches, soups, salads, and quiche in a variety of combinations.
16 Main Street, Bristol, VT, Phone: 802-453-3280
© Café Anna
Cafe Anna is just what one would expect from campus café, especially at a fine arts college. This light-filled café with wood flooring, a soaring ceiling with pendant lighting, and large arched windows is perfect for some edgy comfort food on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus. The casual chic ambiance suits Chef Mike’s creative and healthy eats like his legendary grilled and chilled shrimp served with bourbon cocktail sauce, or his crispy tofu mini banh mi sandwiches. For those chilly days, diners can indulge in a steaming bowl of the chef’s homemade curry roasted carrot and coconut bisque.
36 College Street, Montpelier, VT, Phone: 802-828-8827
© Café Loco
Cafe Loco is situated on Harlow Farm, a family owned and operated working farm that produces organic fruits and vegetables, and organically raised pork, beef, chicken, and chicken eggs. The café has been serving breakfast and lunch for 16 years. Diners can enjoy the fruits of Chef Michael Lenox’s labors in the quaint café, on one of their porches, or at a backyard picnic table. The outdoor farm ambiance includes surrounding fields, lush gardens, and even a goldfish pond. Popular menu items at this charming café include breakfast wraps, signature omelets, delicious benedicts, signature sandwiches, and fabulous salads.
117 Deep Root Drive, Westminster, VT, Phone: 802-722-9203
Cafe Mediterano is a casual café with counter service located in Essex Junction, Vermont. The café, open Tuesdays through Saturdays, has a casual ambiance with sunny yellow walls, large windows, wood flooring, and bistro-style wood tables. Fare here is primarily Greek, featuring hearty portions of seasoned beef and lamb on gyro wraps, pitas, and platters. Guests will appreciate the cevapi – small spiced rolls of meat grilled, Balkan burgers, and Sarajevo sausages. For the less adventurous, there are also standard burgers and fries. The homemade baklava is a must at the end of a great meal. Limited Bosnian groceries are also available, and the café TV is tuned to a Sarajevo station.
17 Park Street, Essex Junction, VT, Phone: 802-878-9333
© Espresso Bueno
Espresso Bueno does exactly what the name implies, serves up an array of drinks that start with double ristretto (concentrated) shots of espresso. The coffee house’s signature coffee and espresso comes from local roaster, Vermont Artisan Coffee Roasters. But, since they’re independent, they feature regional specialty coffee roasters. Other beverages range from mulled cider to chai tea latte to steaming hot chocolate. Guests will also find tap beer, craft cocktails, and wine on the menu. Guests can expect a delicious menu of pastries along with breakfast and lunch items. The coffeehouse also presents the work of local artists and regional musicians.
248 North Main Street, Barre, VT, Phone: 802-479-0896
7.Garden of Eatin’ Cafe
© Garden of Eatin’ Café
Garden of Eatin’ Cafe offers guests a unique dining experience. Situated inside the 6000-square-foot greenhouse of Gardener’s Supply in Williston, Vermont, the café serves a healthy lunch menu all day. Diners can expect house made soups, fresh quiche, sumptuous salads, specialty sandwiches, and an array of baked goods. Plus, wine and craft beer are also available. The café does a brisk take-out business for local professionals and visitors, but the eat-in experience is well worth sitting down and enjoying a meal among lush floral surroundings. Diners can also take advantage of the onsite children’s playground.
472 Marshall Avenue, Williston, VT, Phone: 802-872-7687
© Maglianero Café
Maglianero Cafe fancies itself as much more than your average coffeehouse. They see themselves at the cross-section of modern-day, urban coffee and cycling cultures. Maglianero aims to be a gathering place for both coffee and ideas with like-minded people. Even their coffees have attitude, roasted by Counter Culture Coffee. Guests who prefer tea can feel a part of the sustainability culture with teas from Stone Leaf Tea House where ecosystems and community are interdependent. Maglianero Café shares space with Burlington, Vermont’s, waterfront Karma Bird House Gallery. The small food menu is based on partnerships with Monarch and The Milkweed and Myer’s Bagels.
47 Maple Street, Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-861-3155
9.Maple Valley Cafe and Gift Shop
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Maple Valley Cafe and Gift Shop has a vintage, minimalist décor that sets the stage for a warm, hometown ambience. There is also outdoor seating that is available seasonally. Guests can expect hearty entrées from classic breakfast and lunch menus. Rotating daily specials mean there’s always something new to try at a great price, whether it be a new sandwich, entrée, or something from the bakery. Health conscious diners will appreciate the many gluten-free and vegetarian options as well. Items like croissants, granola, bagels, muffins, cookies, or other baked items make good to-go choices. Guests can also call ahead for homemade boxed dinners.
U.S. 2, Marshfield, VT, Phone: 802-454-8626
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Mojo Cafe is a contemporary tex-mex café in Ludlow, Vermont. Their menu is dominated by from scratch food that’s created from local ingredients and rooted in Mexican and Cajun flavors. Guests can expect everything from Po Boy sandwiches to burritos to tacos. Tacos range from Thai to Nashville, and diners who love pho will find it here, as will those looking for a good taco salad. It’s a great spot for either lunch or dinner, with food served in an edgy, urban atmosphere. Guest can complement their meals with hand-picked craft draught brews. There is also a kid-friendly menu that will satisfy the palates of the little ones.
106 Main Street, Ludlow, VT, Phone: 802-228-6656
11.Moon Dog Cafe
© Moon Dog Café
Moon Dog Cafe is a coffee shop located in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Known for their flavorful soups, they have rotating soup and bread of the day specials. They also serve creative breakfast options like Today’s French Toast, which is always different, and Krissy’s Kristo thick cut French toast with traditional Vermont maple syrup. Sandwiches and wraps include their own fresh roasted meats and bakery bread or gluten-free wraps. Of course, there is plenty of coffee, including organic espressos, to pair with yummy pastries. All this deliciousness is served from their cozy, Bohemian street front café where large windows let in abundant light and original artwork hangs from the walls.
1316, 24 Rockingham Street, Bellows Falls, VT, Phone: 802-732-8453
12.Nest Coffee & Bakery
© Nest Coffee & Bakery
Nest Coffee & Bakery opened their doors in 2017 and have been serving the Essex Junction, Vermont, community ever since. This cozy coffee shop with high ceilings, pendant lighting, wood floors, and large windows overlooking Main Street has comfortable seating and counter service. Outside, the coffee shop offers outdoor seating and employs seasonal musicians that only add to the charming ambince. Their signature Good Luck Coffee Roasters are single-origin coffee beans roasted in-house The menu includes mouth-watering baked goods like lemon berry scones that are hot and fresh, a few kinds of savory quiche, cappuccinos, maple (and other) lattes, espressos, pourover coffees, and more. They’re a block from the Amtrak station – bonus!
17 Main Street, Essex Junction, VT, Phone: 802-857-5474
13.Penny Cluse Cafe
© Penny Cluse Cafe
Penny Cluse Cafe has been serving Burlington, Vermont, residents and visitors since 1998. They serve breakfast and lunch all day with delectable choices like banana bread with maple-walnut cream cheese, gingerbread pancakes with blueberries inside, and huevos verdes with ack cheese and tomatillo-avocado salsa. Vegetarians can choose a tofu scramble with pesto, peanut-ginger, and yellow coconut curry. Lunch features posole, Baja fish tacos, and roast pork shoulder plates. There is also an array of fresh sandwiches and refreshing smoothies. The café sponsors an annual themed art show to support local artists too. Penny Cluse closes at 3:00 p.m., so savvy guests will plan accordingly.
169 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-651-8834
© Pingala Cafe
Pingala means life force in Sanskrit, so guests to this café can expect nourishing, comforting foods prepared responsibly. The menu is 100% plant based from juices and smoothies to salads and light bites. Those looking for comfort foods with a twist will find what they’re looking for here. Eating at Pingala is a way for diners to express their conscious environmentalism, since the café shuns animal protein that takes so much land, water and fossil fuels to produce. They’ve managed to make vegan food approachable, and yes, even fun. Their worldly menu is served in a space designed to make diners feel like they’re ordering from a food truck in the mountains with natural landscapes on large murals.
One Mills Street, Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-540-0110
15.Simply Divine Cafe
© Simply Divine Cafe
Simply Divine Cafe serves residents and visitors of Williston, Vermont, breakfast and lunch, along with specialized catering services. Guests can enjoy food made from locally grown produce in one of three dining areas – the indoor dining room, the atrium, or on the outdoor patio. Diners can indulge in soups-of-the-day and other daily specials, or choose from hearty breakfasts and gourmet lunches. With a full menu of breakfast items, baked goods, salads, specialty sandwiches, and build-your-own sandwiches, diners will have some tough choices. Guests can pair their sumptuous selections with Green Mountain Coffees. Simply Divine Café also caters events.
426 Industrial Avenue, Spc 155, Williston, VT, Phone: 802-497-0336
16.Soulfully Good Cafe
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Before even getting to the food, diners will be enthralled with the looks of this charming café in Woodstock, Vermont. It’s at the street level of a gorgeous three-story building that looks like a house with massive white paned windows the width of the café. A gorgeous cobblestone front patio has ample seating for breakfast or lunch outdoors, and is pet-friendly. Inside, the café is bright white and homey. Shelves under a staircase house books and games for patrons and their children. The café uses local, organic ingredients in their menu items, and offers gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Favorites include Zoodles – spiralized zucchini with fresh pesto and herb roasted cherry tomatoes, The Waffler – a waffle, egg, gouda,maple sausage sandwich, and of course killer coffee.
67 Central Street, Woodstock, VT, Phone: 802-457-7395
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© Speakeasy Café
Charming Speakeasy Cafe is located on equally charming Center Street in Rutland, Vermont. This laidback café goes the extra mile to create an oasis of calm in a hectic world. Situated on the street level of a historic building sporting massive storefront windows for watching the world pass by, customers can pull up a comfy seat to one of the artfully decorated tables. (Each table has a picture of an author “drawn” in the author’s name.) The original wood floors, subdued color palate, unique furnishings, and large windows all add to the interesting and cozy ambience. Guests will enjoy a full coffee and tea menu including lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos, plus a small menu of comfort foods, all to the tunes of Sinatra in the background.
67 Center Street, Rutland, VT, Phone: 802-747-3325
18.Starry Night Cafe
© Starry Night Cafée
Starry Night Cafe is an upscale dinner restaurant in a rural setting providing guests with an elegant and wholesome dining experience. They use local, seasonal, and when possible organic, ingredients in their dishes, plus naturally raised fish and meat. The creative menu is served in a historic building in a beautiful countryside setting. Handcrafted details like an antique bar with hand-carved leaves, hand-made bar stools and tables, hand-blown glass table accessories and candelabras. Large windows overlook exquisite countryside scenery. Additional details include attentive staff, hand-picked flowers, fresh-shaken cocktails, and the works of Vermont artists.
5371 Route 7, Ferrisburg, VT, Phone: 802-877-6316
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19.Stowe Street Cafe
© Stowe Street Cafe
Stowe Street Cafe is like going to Grandma’s for coffee or lunch; there are just so many interesting things to look at while lingering over a cup of joe it’s pleasantly distracting. The eclectic décor isn’t the only heartwarming thing about this Waterbury café. They also host an array of hometown events like a holiday Gingerbread Family Workshop, regular Paint & Sip painting classes, and karaoke backed by live jazz. The café serves Vermont inspired breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Diners can expect baked goods made from scratch, and soups, sandwiches, and salads. There is a full espresso, coffee, and tea menu, plus smoothies, juices, and local ice cream.
29 Stowe Street, Suite #1, Waterbury, VT, Phone: 802-882-8229
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20.Sweet Alchemy Bakery and Cafe
© Sweet Alchemy Bakery and Café
Sweet Alchemy Bakery and Cafe is in the heart of Essex Junction, Vermont. This vegan bakery and café gets rave reviews from vegans and carnivores alike on review sites. It’s a charming country chic café with both indoor and porch dining. The Vermont views are awe-inspiring and there is an adjacent children’s playground. Bonus accolades for the ambient music and great Wi-Fi. Bakery items are a huge hit from pecan coffee cake to cherry walnut upside-down cake, and many of the selections are deceptively gluten-free. Aromatic coffees are brewed from beans of local roasters. Smoothies are organic. Breakfast and lunch items are flavorful and artistic.
45 Upper Main Street, #104, Essex Junction, VT, Phone: 802-662-5905
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21.The Grindstone Cafe & Wellness Center
© The Grindstone Café & Wellness Center
The Grindstone Cafe & Wellness Center offers patrons a place to heal and expand their consciousness with a side of espresso. This holistic café is part of a larger concept that includes a gift shop and Wellness Center. What began as an Espresso Bar has evolved into a welcoming community hub offering a vast menu of espressos, coffees, and teas, including blends both medicinal and magical. Guests will enjoy the nostalgic setting and music, as well as the free Wi-Fi. Visitors can expect small-batch roasted coffees from Prime Roast, Keene, New Hampshire. They serve fresh-baked pastries, including gluten-free options, but tend to run out early in the day.
102 Depot Street, Lyndonville, VT, Phone: 802-535-3939
22.The North Branch Cafe
Since opening in 2012, The North Branch Café has evolved from the vision of a tea house to the eclectic mix it is today. Tea house. Wine bar. Tech services and consulting. Visitors will find an array of teas – nearly 85 choices of loose tea leaf, and a wine bar with eight wines that change regularly, so it will always be a new experience. The connected North Branch Technical Services and Consulting business offers both tech support and classes. Three siblings; three distinctly different passions coming together for the benefit of their customers. The food menu includes meats and cheeses, and creative light fare like Olive Tapenade and Flatbread Wraps.
41 State Street, Montpelier, VT, Phone: 802-552-105
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23.The Sweet Spot
© The Sweet Spot
The Sweet Spot is a country-chic café with an alluring, minimalist décor and a signature pink door. Seasonally, guests can dine on the back patio surrounded by gardens. This charming café in Waitsfield, Vermont, sources products from nine local Vermont farms, plus their very own chickens, herbs, and berries. Their maple syrup comes from a neighbor, chocolate is from France, and vanilla beans are from Tahiti. The café uses these fresh products in creative bowls, signature sandwiches, coffees, teas, and other drinks. Many of the menu selections are vegan, vegetarian, and/or gluten-free. There is even a Scout Plate for young diners.
40 Bridge Street, Waitsfield, VT, Phone: 802-496-9199
24.Three Mountain Cafe
© Three Mountain Café
Three Mountain Cafe, located in the Mad River Shopping Center, has been serving loyal customers for 35 years. They were the first local café to serve coffee from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. The rustic-chic café sports a vintage interior and a wide outdoor veranda for a casual and comfortable ambience. Glass cases are filled with tempting fresh-baked goods, fresh bagels line the wall, and the aromatic scents of fresh-brewed coffee fill the air. Lunches include paninis, wraps, salads, and an array of beverages both hot and cold. The café is packed with antiques, Americana treasures, and local artwork that are all for sale. From beaded bracelets to inspirational coffee mugs, there’s always something to see.
Mad River Shopping Center, Waitsfield, VT, Phone: 802-496-5470
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25.Williston Coffee Shop
© Williston Coffee Shop
Williston Coffee Shop is located in the heart of Williston, Vermont. Coffees are sourced from local micro-roasters like Uncommon Grounds and Vivid Coffee. Guests can expect delightful breakfast selections like their Loaded Breakfast Wrap with fresh eggs, ham, sautéed peppers, bacon, cheddar, chili mayo, and roasted onions. Lunch specialties include tantalizing favorites like Beet Salad with beets, oranges, goat cheese, and candied walnuts served on fresh spinach. There is an array of breakfast sandwiches on their home-made Kaiser rolls. Salads come with buttermilk ranch, maple balsamic, and red wine vinaigrette house-made dressings, and signature sandwiches range from turkey apple to a Portobello melt.
400 Cornerstone Drive, Williston, VT, Phone: 802-857-5173
25 Best Vermont Cafes
- 3 Squares Cafe, Photo: 3 Squares Cafe
- Bristol Cliffs Cafe, Photo: Bristol Cliffs Café
- Cafe Anna, Photo: Café Anna
- Caf Loco, Photo: Café Loco
- Cafe Mediterano, Photo: Steve/stock.adobe.com
- Espresso Bueno, Photo: Espresso Bueno
- Garden of Eatin’ Cafe, Photo: Garden of Eatin’ Café
- Maglianero Cafe, Photo: Maglianero Café
- Maple Valley Cafe and Gift Shop, Photo: zhu difeng/stock.adobe.com
- Mojo Cafe, Photo: wong yu liang/stock.adobe.com
- Moon Dog Cafe, Photo: Moon Dog Café
- Nest Coffee & Bakery, Photo: Nest Coffee & Bakery
- Penny Cluse Cafe, Photo: Penny Cluse Cafe
- Pingala Cafe, Photo: Pingala Cafe
- Simply Divine Cafe, Photo: Simply Divine Cafe
- Soulfully Good Cafe, Photo: Soulfully Good Café
- Speakeasy Cafe, Photo: Speakeasy Café
- Starry Night Cafe, Photo: Starry Night Cafée
- Stowe Street Cafe, Photo: Stowe Street Cafe
- Sweet Alchemy Bakery and Cafe, Photo: Sweet Alchemy Bakery and Café
- The Grindstone Cafe & Wellness Center, Photo: The Grindstone Café & Wellness Center
- The North Branch Cafe, Photo: clownbusiness/stock.adobe.com
- The Sweet Spot, Photo: The Sweet Spot
- Three Mountain Cafe, Photo: Three Mountain Café
- Williston Coffee Shop, Photo: Williston Coffee Shop
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