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From community staples to new hot spots, here are the places to get your caffeine or pastry fix.
Whether you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up or your morning cup of joe, the First State is bursting with local coffee shops primed for fulfilling your caffeine or pastry fix. Browse the list below for places that are community staples and new hot spots.
New Castle County
The Perfect Cup Café
This spot in Hockessin offers a wide variety of hot and iced drinks, as well as an array of sweet and savory food options. Sip a cup of organic, fair trade tea or coffee on the patio, or indoors with free Wi-Fi.
7460 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin • 239-9118
Bing's Bake & Brew
Delaware's most iconic bakery opened it's very own coffee shop at the end of 2019. Bing’s Bake and Brew grinds its own coffee beans, provided by award-winning Crimson Cup of Columbus, Ohio. Get more information here.
57 S. Main St., Newark • 751-3177
A hot spot for University of Delaware students, this nonprofit coffee shop focuses on serving the community with ethically sourced hot coffee and iced beverages. They also offer fun candy latte flavors including: Almond Joy, Oreo, Black & White, Reese's, Chunky Monkey, Raspberry Mocha and more.
60 E. Main St., Newark • 345-3320
Little Goat Coffee Roasting Co.
University of Delaware students often frequent this local shop thanks to its calm atmosphere and tasty caffinated beverages. Expect plenty of espresso drinks like cappuccinos and cortados. If customers end up loving the coffee, they also have the option to purchase coffee beans to make their own blend at home.
16 Haines St., Newark • 455-1040
Whereabouts Café is a local coffee shop in Newark that offers amazing coffee and food to their customers. While there, try the Mexican Hot Chocolate or the Caramel “Faux” Macchiato.
214 Peoples Plaza, Newark • 836-3365
De La Coeur Café et Pâtisserie
Founded by two Delaware natives, De La Coeur is a French-inspired cafe offering locally sourced, sustainably-produced food. Stop by for a bite and a cup of coffee, espresso, coeurtado and more.
1836 Lovering Ave., Wilmington • 660-7178
I.M. Coffee opened on Market Street in the spring of 2019. The menu includes organic smoothies, craft coffee, prepared sandwiches, salads and wraps made fresh daily.
1105 N. Market St., Wilmington • 691-2100
Legal Grounds Café
At Legal Grounds Café, there's a little bit of everything for anyone. Grab a drip or cold brew coffee, or choose a cappuccino, specialty latte, shakerato, smoothie, affogato or another drink option. Curb your hunger with a bite to eat; the menu ranges from paninis to salmon avocado toast to homestyle PB&J and beyond.
1208 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington • 543-7350
Known for tasty, handcrafted beverages and fresh food made daily, Loma Coffee is the place to be for commuters, downtown college students and neighborhood locals.
239 N. Market St., Wilmington • 384-8494
Milk & Honey
The newly-opened Milk & Honey Cafe and Gallery offers customers a space to gather, work and grab a cup of coffee while they’re at it. The coffee is sourced locally from Brandywine Coffee Roasters in Wilmington, and the menu includes espresso, coffee, tea smoothies and juice. Get more information here.
807 N. Union St., Wilmington • 654-3738
Choose from healthy to-go options, all day breakfast and an array of sandwiches and wraps. Drink options arrange from espresso, coffee drinks and tea.
1428 N. Clayton St., Wilmington • 655-4959
Sweet Nel’s serves up coffee, crepes, sandwiches, waffles and more. Try the corsica blend or cold brew. If you have a sweet tooth, try the double chocolate chip espresso.
3901 Concord Pike, Wilmington • 256-0599
Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop
Downtown Milford's Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop strives for two things: tasty pastries and coffee, and a cheerful customer experience. Chow down on baked goods—made fresh every day—and wash it down with locally roasted coffee.
36 N. Walnut St., Milford • 422-5760
Although the expanded menu and wine options at Governor's Café surpass a standard coffee shop, they do have some delicious caffinated options, incuding: standard brewed coffee, iced latté, espresso, cappuccino, chai latté and more.
144 King’s Highway Suite 1, Dover • 747-7531
The House of Coffi
This coffee shop is located right in the center of Dover, and is known for their creative caffinated drinks.
14 E. Loockerman Plaza, Dover • 672-0059
If Heaven Had A Flavor
This coffee shop is a Clayton hot spot for a hot cup of joe and a pastry before heading out to conquer the day. The shop’s specialty is their homemade coffee and bakery options. If Heaven Had a Flavor serves all day brunch, lunch and numerous homemade ice cream options. While there, try the macchiato, americano or café mocha.
314 Main St., Clayton • 471-3087
Amity Coffee Roasters
Fresh, high-quality brews and made-from-scratch baked goods is the name of the game at Amity Coffee Roasters. Expect products ranging from single-origin, full-bodied coffee beans to mini chocolate chip cookies and beyond.
13 W. Market St., Greenwood • 495-7291
Cafe a Go-Go
Serving breakfast, lunch and coffee, Cafe a Go-Go has served up coffee blends and espresso drinks to the Rehoboth community for years. The longtime local spot was located on Rehoboth Avenue, but will move locations to North First Street this summer.
102 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-1099
The Coffee Mill
The Coffee Mill boasts over 80 selections of organic, fair trade coffees by the cup, whole bean or ground to take home. Enjoy breakfast or a light lunch out on the patio at this iconic spot, which has been open for over 25 years.
127 B. Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-7530
Laurel Coffee Shop
Two words: Fresh. Donuts. Enjoy all day breakfast, homemade soup, New York-style bagels, fresh coffee and donuts, tea, lattes and more at Laurel Coffee Shop. Stop by at lunch time for homemade chicken salad, cold cuts, salads and more.
217 E. Market St., Laurel • 875-5299
This coffeehouse is a known favorite amongst Delawareans. They sort their coffee in different categories such as Serious Coffee and Caffeinations to appeal to every coffee lover. If you aren’t a coffee fan, they even offer tea or cold drink options. While there try the Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Red Velvet Muffin with a cup of their beloved coffee. brewhaha.com
Drip Café puts their customers first and makes sure to provide delicious menu items and wonderful drinks. They are also extremely welcoming to any customers dietary needs, so ask about their vegan/vegetarian and even gluten-free options. dripcafede.com
Scission Craft Coffee is a Wilmington-based coffee shop on wheels. The ice cream truck-turned mobile espresso bar can often be found hanging at J.P. Morgan White Clay or the STAR campus. Check the truck's Instagram page for it's location of the day. More information can be found here.