Here in the Friendly City, we take our coffee pretty seriously. We’re looking for fresh roasts and high-quality beans, paired with locally sourced dairy or the perfect in-house pastry. And of course, great atmosphere is a must, since our local coffee shop is a favorite place to study, meet friends, or just while away an afternoon with a good book.
Luckily, Harrisonburg offers a delightful array of options for coffee-lovers. If you’re stuck in a rut or just want to try something new, stop by one of these local favorites:
Merge Coffee Company
Merge Coffee Company is the embodiment of Harrisonburg itself: the company was founded by two families with very different cultures and backgrounds that combined forces to create something truly special. The result is a reflection of Harrisonburg, where diverse people come together to build a thriving community. The shop also sells excellent, responsibly-sourced coffee! Order online or stop in at one of two cafes in Harrisonburg and find out why Merge is THE place to find the perfect caramel macchiato.
Black Sheep Coffee
Black Sheep is a true gem in Harrisonburg’s Historic Downtown. Located at the historic Ice House, this cozy coffee house produces a thoughtfully crafted menu of delicious, fresh-roasted coffees. Intriguing new offerings keep things interesting, and fresh baked treats and dairy from Mt. Crawford Creamery round out the experience. Tempting wraps, sandwiches, and a wide variety of loose-leaf teas and cold beverages will lure you back for an afternoon snack or a quick lunch, too!
Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli
Want to pick up a tasty cup of coffee, a delicious breakfast, and something perfect for lunch? Cinnamon Bear is a one-stop shop for great food, coffee, and tea. Their menu of fantastic sandwiches includes stellar breakfast options, hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, and a noteworthy house-marinated chicken breast featured in tantalizing sandwiches you won’t forget. Creative salad options are great for a healthy lunch that will leave you satisfied, and you can order to go or to pick up at curbside for your convenience.
Greenberry’s Coffee Roasters
Since 1992, Greenberry’s has taken immense pride in bringing better quality coffee to Virginians. Every batch of their coffee is roasted right nearby in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Greenberry’s baristas are known for their friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Stop in for a quick cup of ‘joe on the go, or try some of their fantastic sweet or savory pastries. You can also enjoy one of their chef-inspired sandwiches in the café or order one to take to work. One taste of their hand-roasted coffee and you may well become one of Greenberry’s veteran fans.
Grace & Main Coffee Shop
An offshoot of the Montpelier Restaurant and Bar, the Grace & Main Coffee Shop offers a higher caliber of chef-inspired coffee and pastries. Specialty drinks at the coffee shop are truly extraordinary, and even a standard Americano is an elevated experience. Customize your drink with syrups, sauces, and drizzles, and munch on local favorites, Strite’s donuts!
Broad Porch Coffee Co.
Located in the Agora Downtown Market, Broad Porch is a great place to grab a cup of coffee or pick up a bag of beans to brew at home. Dedicated to sustainably-, responsibly-sourced fair trade coffee and the reduction of waste, the café offers discounts to customers who bring their own coffee cups and containers. The warm, inviting space is located in the popular Agora market location, allowing shoppers to take a relaxing break during their explorations (and providing a perfect “people-watching” spot for locals and regulars).
No matter where you get your coffee in the Friendly City, you’re sure to meet warm, neighborly folks who appreciate a good cup of ‘joe!