• Ultramarinos Cafè and Bakery: A Hidden Hoboken Gem

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    Hoboken is filled with a wide array of food establishments, but when we discover one that’s off the beaten path — it’s truly a gem. Ultramarinos is one of those hidden gems {literally — when walking by you might not notice it’s there}, serving up some of the most delish Latin food and baked goods in town. Located at 260 3rd Street, adjacent to its sister locale Zafra {the owner, Maricel Presilla, also owns Zafra and Cucharamama}, this adorable, tiny eatery offers quite a variety of food and drink. Check out our visit:

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    Noted as “The Marketplace for Latin Kitchen Magic,” Ultramarinos’ food spans from sandwiches to sweets to empanadas to chocolate to coffee — a delectable array of authentic Latin American cuisine. Think gazpacho, tamales, empanadas, chorizos, pastries, and more — yum.

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    As far ambiance, Ultramarinos has a variety of authentic decor directly from South America, purchased and arranged in the store by owner Maricel. After doing a little personal research on Maricel, it turns out she has also written several books on cooking, including The New Taste of Chocolate {yes, plz}. She also has written a Pan Spanish encyclopedia and history that is housed at the cafe, adding to its charm.

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    If you’re dining in, there are adorable table settings {but only just a few} that are ready for those who want to relax and enjoy their cafe con leche.

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    If you want to dine in with a larger group, the cafe has a back room which can seat up to 12 people. Digging the different size white chairs — so shabby chic.

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    Besides selling prepared hot foods and coffees, Ultramarinos also houses a bakery and a chocolate section that includes truffles made by Ms. Presilla herself. If you’re heading to a get together and want to bring some unique pastries, this is definitely the place to go. The fresh baked desserts are a nice change from the regular Italian pastries we’re used to {no offense, we promise} and are sure to impress.

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    A mish-mosh of South American sweets, including the popular Vanilla coconut dulce de leche and the coconut macarons

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    While the desserts are decadent, Ultramarinos also offers many savory items as well such as empanadas, tamales, ham croquettes, and sandwiches. The Venezuelan hot chocolate has been mentioned as delectable — just a ton of chocolate bars melted with a bit of milk {ummm sign us up}. They also have other Latin foods and supplies that you can purchase to take home for your own cooking.

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    Have you been to Ultramarinos? What’s your favorite item? Share with us in the comments!

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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.


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