• A Guide to The Coffee Shops of Jersey City

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    If you’re looking for a new place to get your morning coffee or afternoon pick-me-up — read on. Hoboken Girl has scouted out some great places to get this much-coveted beverage in Jersey City, whether you frequent downtown the Heights, JC has a little something for everyone when it comes to caffeine. Here’s your guide to the coffee shops of Jersey City:

    9 Bar Café {18 Erie Street and Urby}

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    With two locations in Jersey City, 9 Bar {named for the amount of pressure needed to make a perfect espresso shot} hosts a range of cold and hot bevies like machiattos, cortados, and Nitro cold brew. There are also delightful breakfast and lunch selections including quiche, muffins {both regular and gluten-free}, cookies and Italian-style sandwiches.

    Smith & Chang General Goods {230 Pavonia Avenue}

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    Serving food with locally-sourced ingredients and coffee sourced from Brooklyn, Smith & Chang features rich drip coffee {that packs a bit of a punch} as well as breakfast & lunch sandwiches like the Ham-ilton {ham, organic eggs & Gruyere} as well as Fig & Goat {fig spread and goat cheese}, acai bowls, and gluten-free/vegan pastries.

    Hudson’s Grill {160 Greene Street}

    Located in Harborside Financial Center, this is the perfect place to pop in for a cup of nutty Lavazza coffee before work or for your afternoon break. There are also plenty of omelet and bagel sandwich options for breakfast as well as lunch specials weekly.

    Modcup Coffee Company {479 Palisade Avenue, 25 Senate Place and Exchange Place}

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    Photo: @modcupcoffee on Instagram

    With a location in the Heights, Journal Square and a coffee cart located near the food court in Harborside Financial Center, Modcup has a variety of coffee brews with complex, rich flavors from locations like Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and more.

    Beechwood Cafe {290 Grove Street and 18 Park View Avenue}

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    With a full restaurant for breakfast and lunch located on Grove Street and the B18 Coffee Kitchen near Harsimus Cove. the coffee here is on-point, with a slightly bitter taste and hints of vanilla {definitely try the iced coffee}. Beechwood also offers egg sandwiches, wraps, and Korean bowls with Bulgogi or Bibimbap for an afternoon meal.

    Lackawanna Coffee {295 Grove Street}

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    Photo: @lackawannacoffee on Instagram

    Located close to the Grove Street PATH station with a cute back patio for outdoor seating, check out the large variety of distinct beverages offered here including the Black Sesame Latte, the Wildflower Honey Latte or the Japanese Style iced coffee, along with delectable fresh-baked scones and cookies.

    Sam A.M. Café {112 Morris Street}

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    Photo: @sam_am_cafe on Instagram

    This is a lovely little place in Paulus Hook to get your brunch and coffee fix, especially on the weekends – check out the homemade Sam A.M. roast or the cold brew coffee and pair with the tempting baked goods {pecan sticky bun anyone?} or the appetizing breakfast sandwiches.

    Hidden Grounds Coffee {141 1st Street}

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    Located close to the Harsimus Cove light rail stop, Hidden Grounds serves up their custom coffee brews with flavors like Brazil Decaf {notes of lemon, butter, and chocolate} and Easton Espresso {with the taste of milk chocolate and cherries} as well as a variety of tea blends.

    Dames Coffee Espresso Bar {581 Jersey Avenue}

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    Photo: @damesespresso on Instagram

    With daily-made juices and baked goods like mini almond croissants and banana bread, Dames also features tasty drinks like butterscotch lattes, espresso {of course} and flavorful iced teas {lime hibiscus anyone?}. There is also a super adorbs garden in the back for a nice day of coffee sipping outdoors, and the baristas are pretty serious about their foam art  {and we aren’t mad at it}.

    READ: A Guide to the Coffee Shops of Hoboken

    bwè kafe {140 River Drive South}

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    With locations in Jersey City and Hoboken, bwè features coffee beans sourced directly from Haiti, with two delicious methods used to brew their coffee, including the “pour over” method for hot coffee and the Japanese slow drip for iced coffee. Pair with savory treats like cheddar scones, a chocolate chip pumpkin muffin or any of the number of gluten-free treats available.

    Cafe Madelaine {34 Coles Street}

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    Photo: @cafe_madelaine on Instagram

    Featuring coffee and tea, this café also has uniquely French options like the Les Croques {fried and baked sandwiches with ham and lots of gooey cheese}, as well as homemade quiches and sandwiches on flaky baguettes.

    Froth on Franklin {85 Franklin Street}

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    Photo: @frothonfranklin on Instagram

    This cozy little coffee shop features both hot and iced drinks like matcha tea and cold brew and a pretty stellar pastry case with treats like a chili cheddar pretzel twist and vegan {and gluten free!} chocolate doughnuts.

    Choc O Pain {530 Jersey Avenue & 330 Palisade Avenue}

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    With locations downtown and in the Heights, this is the perfect place for just-baked breads and pastries like Flourless Chocolate Heaven Cake, macarons and apple tarts. Check out the breakfast and lunch menu which changes daily and includes quiche and croissants, and pair classic coffee brews like cappuccino, café latte, and café Americano.

    The Grind Shop {360 Communipaw Avenue}

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    This coffee shop in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood of Jersey City is your one-stop shop for all things caffeine and sweets. The Grind Shop serves La Colombe Coffee and Doughnut Plant doughnuts {which look and taste heavenly}. Dairy-free peeps — there are options for you, too {including oat milk which is always a win!}.

    Congress Station {589 Palisade Avenue}

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    With some fancy and tasty drinks like hot chocolate, iced mocha, and quality coffee, this gem in the Heights with a charming backyard area also has yummy breakfast sandwiches as well.

    The Cliff {38 Congress Street}

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    Another excellent locale in the Heights, The Cliff has both vegan and gluten-free breakfast and lunch options {check out the “Bowl of…” with quinoa, harissa, feta, yogurt sauce, and kalamata olives — yum} and refreshing drinks like watermelon mint juice, matcha lemonade and smoothies. The iced coffee and pastries are also not-to-be-missed and baked daily {and if you happen to be there on a day when they have gluten-free doughnuts in stock, you are in luck!}

    Bucket and Bay Craft Gelato Co. {150 Bay Street}

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    Known for more than just it’s ah-mazing gelato, the coffee at Bucket and Bay is also worth the visit, with choices like sugar-cane tea and espresso – and for a little sweetness, try the affogato {an Italian dessert with a scoop of vanilla gelato in a shot of hot espresso}.

    Gregorys Coffee {10 Exchange Place, 532 Washington Boulveard}

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    Photo: @gregoryscoffee on Instagram

    With locations near the Exchange Place and Newport PATH stations, this popular NYC chain brews its own {pretty strong} coffee with flavors like Gregs House Blend made with Colombian coffee and the La Pradera Gesha blend with floral and fruity notes.

    Cocoa Bakery {275 Grand Street}

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    With no shortage of cookie, cake and pastry varieties, Cocoa Bakery also has plenty of coffee and teas as well as hot chocolate and hot mulled cider {perfect for fall!}. Don’t forget to pick up a cake truffle {trust us} on your way out.

    Where’s your favorite spot to grab a cup of coffee in Jersey City? Share with us in the comments below!

    See More: The Best Spots for Avocado Toast {in Jersey City}

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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


    • I live in JC Heights (20 years) and am overjoyed at all the quality coffee shop/café options that have opened in the last few years!
      I would add Dulce de Leche Bakery (Argentinian, 376 Central Ave), Griot (Haitian/Caribbean 434 Central), and La Unica (Chinese/Latin 454 Central)

    • I’ve made my rounds and ‘The Grind’ on Communipaw (@ Pacific) can’t be beat! A second location is opening soon across from ‘The Foundry’ at the tail end of Communipaw.

    • Check out Maggie’s Farm Espresso at 88 Morgan Street, Jersey City. The Australian vibe carries over to the relaxed space, delicious coffees, and excellent breakfast and lunch options, including Boomerang bites which provides donations back to the community.

    • Hi! I’ll be staying at an airbnb in NJ (Prospect Street) and I was wondering where I should go on the day of my arrival from Europe late afternoon to discover the area, have dinner and breakfast the next morning before heading to Ellis Island. Any advice more than welcome! Thanks a lot!


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