• 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:

    1. 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

    2.  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.

    3. bwè kafe  {1002 Washington 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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}

    10. 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!

    11. 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

    12. Bucket + Bay Craft Gelato {153 1st Street}

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    One of Hoboken’s newest additions, Bucket & Bay is soooo much more than a gelato shop {which is also amazing and 100% organic, btw}. They also have a great selection of coffee and, even better, a vegan latte bar for those needing to satisfy a dairy-free coffee craving. Milks such as macadamia nut, oat, and almond are easy to come by, and if you mention “Hoboken Girl” you get a daily coffee for $20 for the month — {that’s 50% off the regular price of the monthly coffee membership!} and equivalent to a ~$120 value if you were to get coffee there every day.

    Dairy-free milk options: macadamia, oat, almond

    13. Joboken Café

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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

    14. Hudson Coffee

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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

    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. Coming Soon: 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, which is coming soon to 519 Adams Street. The details on this new locale are TBD {The Little Local’s Instagram account just says, “Coming Soon”}, but be sure to swing by as soon as it’s open.

    Dairy-free milk options: TBD

    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.