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

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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 {formerly known as Congress Station} at 589 Palisade Avenue in The Heights section of Jersey City

Decorated in a mix of soft, neutral-toned furniture, with pops of color {thanks to the amazing greenery and vintage wallpaper}, Lil’ Dove Cafe is every coffee drinker’s dream place to sip, stay for a while with your people, or get work done in a place that helps you forget about the hustle. Keep reading to learn more about what Lil’ Dove Cafe has to offer.

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{Photo credit: @lildovecafejc}

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.

“It’s truly a family run business,” the matriarch of the business, Sarah, said 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. Her other daughter Georgia, a former corporate America employee, decided to ditch that path and step into the role as manager of the cafe.

Together, the Johnson family hopes to create a warm, welcoming, and inviting coffee-fueled environment for JC Heights residents {and out of towners, of course}.

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The Coffee + the Food

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{Photo credit: @lildovecafejc}

When it comes to the menu, Lil’ Dove’s choice of coffee, Intelligentsia, as well as a lot of their food offerings aren’t far off from what the former cafe was serving {now}, which includes an assortment of pastries, avocado toast, bagels and lox, empanadas, and standard breakfast sandwiches like bacon, egg, and cheese and of course, Jersey’s beloved Pork Roll {yes, it’s Pork Roll}. In the near future, they plan to roll out more of a small cafe lunch menu with items such as salads, turkey baguettes, Kimchi offerings, and their version of an Italian sandwich.

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

For non-coffee drinkers, they serve an assortment of teas, have a cooler filled with drinks from brands like WellWell, Just Water, health-ade Kombucha, Daytime trip CBD infused sparkling water, and other cold beverages on tap.

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Locally Sourced Products + Future Plans

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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 such as skincare by Pholk Beauty and beautifully curated ceramics and bags by Piamundo, both of which are businesses based out of Jersey City.

In the near future, Li’l Dove has plans to bring in more local products from vendors around town as well as hosting pop-up events like yoga classes, meditation, and even workouts. {Oh, and  they have a backyard, so expect some al fresco coffee-sipping come springtime.}

For now, however, you can pop into Lil’ Dove Cafe from 7:00AM-3:00PM, seven days a week and make sure to follow them on Instagram @lildovecafe.

Have you visited Lil’ Dove yet? Let us know in the comments!

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Vanessa is a fitness forerunner by trade, a writer by degree, a PitBull mama by choice, and a believer that there is always some type of alignment within chaos. She's the creator + owner of bachata & barbells, a FitBiz coach, and the co-creator of the local fundraiser, Pitness in the Park. When she's not working with clients, she's most likely listening to the newest True Crime documentary, watching SVU, eating massive amounts of pizza with her husband, or having full-blown conversations with her rescue pups, Nola + Frankie.