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Lil’ Dove Cafe in Jersey City: All About This Coffee Lover’s Haven

by Vanessa Checchio
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There’s something calming about walking into a coffee shop and immediately feeling like you’ve found a new home, especially when that home makes you feel welcomed, comfortable, and well, caffeinated. That’s what customers feel when walking into Lil’ Dove Cafe at 589 Palisade Avenue in The Heights section of Jersey City. Decorated in a mix of soft, neutral-toned furniture, with pops of color, Lil’ Dove Cafe is every coffee drinker’s dream place to sip — stay for a while with new people, or get work done. Keep reading to learn more about Lil’ Dove Cafe in Jersey City.

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The Backstory

The owners and Jersey natives, Sarah and Art Johnson, didn’t have to travel too far to find this gem. They’re also the owners of the popular Fox + Crow, right across the street, but they wouldn’t have been able to create Lil’ Dove Cafe into what it is without the help of their whole family.

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“It’s truly a family-run business,” the matriarch of the business, Sarah told The Hoboken Girl back in 2020 as she described how each of her daughters had a hand (and craft) in the concept, decor, and management of the cafe. Her oldest daughter Rebecca and youngest daughter Sarah Grace are both artists who have spent a ton of time in Australia, which is where most of their inspiration comes from. Her other daughter Georgia, a former corporate America employee, decided to ditch that path and step into the role of manager of the cafe.

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Together, the Johnson family brings a warm, welcoming, and inviting coffee-fueled environment for Jersey City Heights residents and out-of-towners alike.



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The Coffee + the Food

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On the menu, customers can find an assortment of coffee drinks and food items like pastries, avocado toast, bagels, and lox, and standard breakfast sandwiches like bacon, egg, and cheese. Salads are also on the menu such as the strawberry salad — made with mixed greens, strawberries, goat cheese, red onion, and walnuts. There are also optional add-ons like grilled chicken or tuna fish salad.

“We want to make sure we’re welcoming the same people that were here before as well as new people,” Georgia previously shared.

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For non-coffee drinkers, the spot serves an assortment of teas and has a cooler filled with drinks from brands like WellWell, Just Water, health-ade Kombucha, and other cold beverages on tap.

Locally Sourced Products

Aside from serving up coffee and breakfast fare, Lil’ Dove is the home to an assortment of mostly locally sourced, small business-owned products for sale. Cups, cards, hats, and other small items can be found. Also, when it comes to holidays like Valentine’s Day or others, its retail section sells items according to the season. Apart from its food and retail space, Lil’ Dove Cafe has turned into an event space where it hosts events like happy hours.

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Customers can pop into Lil’ Dove Cafe from 8AM-2PM from Wednesday through Sunday, and make sure to follow the spot on Instagram @lildovecafe. You can also head to the website to shop from its retail selection here or place an online food/drink order.

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