A Guide to the Coffee Shops of Hoboken

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From hot, to iced, to strong, to decaf…coffee is amazing any way you have it and for most sane individuals, a daily must. If you work or live in Hoboken {or just happen to visit often}, we imagine navigating through its plethora of coffee shops can be trying…so we’ve rounded up our favorites! Let New Yorkers obsess over Starbucks, these Hoboken local spots are game-changers. Here are some of the best coffee shops in Hoboken, for your caffeinated pleasure:

Bean Vault {1 Newark Street}

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Bean Vault is an easy pit stop on your morning commute to the PATH station — open at 6:30AM during the week & just around the corner! Though there isn’t a seat to be found in this small shop, their coffee is incredible, and they offer a small variety of pastries {including gluten-free/vegan Om Sweet Home treats!}. Do try the almond milk latte and sprinkle some cinnamon on top if you’re feeling fancy.

Dairy-free milk available: almond, soy, coconut

The Roost Outpost {55 First Street}

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The Roost Outpost is THE place to shop whilst enjoying a double espresso. Beyond caffeine, their selection ranges from home goods to men’s clothing and is, in our humble opinion, a great addition to town.

bwè kafe  {1002 Washington Street + 1401 Adams Street}

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Where you can groove to good music while you work from your Mac {free wifi} and indulge in their coffee. We currently can’t. stop. ordering. bwe’s dirty chai latte – for those of you who have yet to experience it, it’s a latte with a shot of chai in it. Sounds perfect {it is}, we know.

Dairy-free milk available: almond, soy

Jefferson’s Coffee {1001 Madison Street + 534 Washington Street}

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We love you SO matcha! If you’ve ever been to Hoboken’s ShopRite, then you’ve literally been steps away from the gem that is Jefferson’s Coffee. Any fans of an iced coffee will be pleased with their version, but we highly suggest their iced matcha {that green concoction in the photo above}. If you’re not near ShopRite, however, be sure to swing by Jefferson’s downtown location on Washington Street. 

Dairy-free milk available: almond, soy, coconut, oat

Bluestone Lane {409 Washington Street}

^Bluestone Lane’s amaze avocado toast {+ 1/2 sweet potato mash toast}

This cafe is new to town but quite the gem — and its owners originally hailing originally from AustraliaWhen we’re not jonesing for a flat white, we’re ordering their avocado toast {complete with gluten-free and fun add-on options}. They also have a flat-white that’s not to be missed.

Dairy-free milk available: almond, soy

City of Saints Coffee {1320 Bloomfield Street}

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The perfect grab & go for uptowners! City of Saints Coffee Roasters knows how to provide your daily caffeine fix – our current favorite being the vanilla cinnamon latte. Wonderful hot or iced. 

Dairy-free milk available: almond, soy

Choc O’ Pain {157 1st Street + 1500 Hudson Street}

^Yes this isn’t a pic of coffee, but their chocolate croissants are enough to write home about, just sayin’

Choc O’ Pain brings Paris to Hoboken in not one, but two locations. Expect ample seating {both indoor & out}, French music, vegan soup & sandwiches, baguettes, macaroons, croissants, and of course…coffee. Our go-to order is a house blend with vegan soup & side {aka the entire loaf} of baguette – Merci beaucoup.

Dairy-free milk available: almond, soy

Empire Coffee & Tea {338 Bloomfield Street}

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If you’ve somehow walked past this adorable {bright green we might add} establishment, it’s time to turn around! From French Vanilla to Mint Chocolate Chip to Coconut to Hazelnut to Decaf – Empire Coffee & Tea has every flavor coffee bean you’ve ever wanted. Ranging from $5.00-$6.50 for 1/2 lb. and $9.99-$12.99 for a lb – happy brewing and good luck choosing. 

Dairy-free milk available: almond, soy, coconut

Black Rail Coffee {9th and Jackson}

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Every cup of Joe deserves a Notorious B.I.G. mug to along with it — and at Black Rail Coffee, you get just that. AND, of course, the most delicious avocado toast {with just pepper flakes OR with smoked salmon and ricotta, ridiculously delish}. For those hopping on the light rail every AM, this spot is a MUST — as it’s right on Jackson by the Congress/8th Street stop.

Dairy-free milk available: almond, soy, coconut {at times}

Green Pear Cafe {93 Grand Street}

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First opened in 2015, this shop proudly serves Lavazzo coffee {for coffee newbies, this is some delicious Italian brew} — and their cappuccinos are nothing to scoff at either. If in more of a dessert mood, however, the espresso pudding in a chocolate “cup” is definitely the way to go.

Dairy-free milk available: almond

Curious about Jersey City’s coffee shops? Click here for our favorites!

Hidden Grounds Coffee {700 Garden Street}

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Nested on the corner of 7th and Garden, Hidden Grounds Coffee is a coffee connoisseur’s dream. From bottled brews of masala chais and Creole style cold brews to fresh juices and gluten-free fare, Hidden Grounds has something for every coffee {or hot beverage} lover out there.

Dairy-free milk available: oat, almond, soy

Joboken Café {23 Hudson Place}

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Joboken Café is located at 23 Hudson Place {right next to the PATH station}. The storefront itself is small, but offers outside seating and a walk-up window. Along with delish coffee, Joboken also sells baked goods, Natalie’s juices, yogurt, biscotti, and other snacks to compliment your morning brew.

Dairy-free milk options: oat, almond, coconut

Hudson Coffee {1100 Maxwell Lane}

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Owner {+ Hoboken Police officer} Justin DePascale of Hudson Coffee ironically never enjoyed coffee, until being assigned to the midnight shift at work — fast forward to 2018 and he is the owner of two coffee shops. Hudson Coffee, located uptown at 1100 Maxwell Lane, is serving up a variety of coffee, lattes, iced coffees, and pastries. The shop pays homage to Maxwell Coffee {+ other elements of old-school Hoboken} yet serves up some of the freshest coffee in town.

Dairy-free milk options: almond, soy

Little Grocery {1212 Washington Street}

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Coffee, tea, pastries…oh my! Although the Jefferson Street location might be closed, Little Grocery lovers can rejoice as the Washington Street location will remain open. Coffee drinkers can indulge in a freshly brewed iced coffee or opt for a more mellow hot tea. No matter what you head in for, you won’t be disappointed.

Dairy-free milk options: almond, soy

La Bouche {207 Washington Street}

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Beyond serving delicious fare {please see the Belgian waffle}, La Bouche on Washington Street serves delicious coffee as well. From iced lattes to a savory chai, La Bouche is filling the coffee needs in downtown Hoboken one drink at a time.

Dairy-free milk options: almond, soy

The Little Local {519 Adams Street} 

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Before you declare that your caffeine fix has been satisfied, don’t forget to be on the lookout for The Little Local, a newer Adams Street spot. Grab a coffee and a “Good Mood Food” cookie to go with it.

Dairy-free milk options: almond milk, oat milk, soy milk

BattleCat Espresso Bar {1426 Willow Avenue}

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BattleCat was created in collaboration with Orale Mexican Kitchen of Hoboken + Jersey City. This coffee spot originated as a coffee cart in JC until opening their storefront on Willow Avenue in Hoboken.

Cafe Vista {527 Monroe Street}

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This new Hoboken coffee spot boasts a delectable menu with a side of vintage vibes. From the teacups to the furniture, you’ll feel as if you’re sipping your coffee in a different area when you sit down here and you’ll enjoy every sip.

Simply Chai {79 Hudson Street}

Simply Chai recently reopened its Hoboken location and it’s a must-visit. Not only are their coffee drinks out of this world, but they have a menu of food to brag about. PS: try their Dosa waffles, you won’t be disappointed.

Dairy-free milk options: almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk

GFG Cafe {221 River Street}

The perfect location to stop for a cup of coffee or traditional Greek breakfast on your way downtown, GFG offers a unique menu that includes a variety of coffee drinks.

Alessio’s Cafe + Pizzeria {539 Park Avenue}

If we’re being honest, the menu is quite impressive in its full capacity. Coffees including hot brew, iced coffee, espresso, frappes, cappuccinos, mochaccinos, macchiatos, and lattes are just a few of the drinks. Additionally, there is hot tea, smoothies, shakes, and hot chocolate.

Mojo Coffee Company {230 Willow Avenue}

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The Mojo House Blend is a must-try. It’s a rich drip and espresso brew — blended with beans from Brazil, Papua New Guinea, and Central America that exudes a delicious hazelnut aroma with a taste of chocolate.

Joey No Nuts Cafe {638 Willow Avenue}

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This cafe is different than others around town as it will feature no shortage of caffeine but in a totally nut-free environment. That way everyone, even people with nut allergies, can enjoy. The coffee shop is 100% nut-free and serves up delicious roasts in a fun, vibrant, and homey environment.

Where’s your go-to coffee shop? Share with us in the comments!

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Meg is a twenty-something “old soul” and is known to leave {red} lipstick marks on her coffee mugs. She moved to Hoboken last year for a boy {a wonderful one at that} and has happily resided uptown since. When she’s not writing our weekly events guide, she’s a real estate agent and an amateur photographer. You can usually find Meg at a local coffee shop, a hot yoga studio, or home with her two cats, Penny Lane & Lucy. She loves a good glass of wine and cooking to her favorite band, The Beatles. Show this girl a sense of humor or recommend some good fiction and she’ll love you, dearly.