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7 Coffee Shops in Connecticut Worth Visiting

When it comes to coffee shops, a huge part of the magic for me is the atmosphere inside.  I read a quote recently that said, “First I drink the coffee, then I do the things.”  A place that feels cozy enough to curl up with a book or zen enough to get some writing done on my laptop.  I search for coffee houses that serve me a delicious cup of the coffee and make me feel comfortable to do all of the things.  I have by no means visited every coffee shop in Connecticut or even half, but I have definitely frequented enough to know which ones I really like in various areas of the state.  Below is an updated list of seven coffee shops in the state that I find worth visiting again and again.

1. Day Break Coffee Roasters (Glastonbury, Connecticut)

I love Day Break.  I mean really love it.  I call Day Break my office and happy place 3-4 times a week and it’s not even in my hometown.  Located in central Glastonbury, the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans fills the shop.  They sell fresh roasted gourmet coffee of all styles over the counter for you to brew at home and the array of chocolate is perfection.  This is definitely where the locals go.


2. Dom’s Coffee (Avon, Connecticut)

As if the perfect latte at Dom’s Coffee isn’t enough, the shop welcomes you into it’s white, minimalist design with couches, stools, and table tops that just say, “I’m exactly what you’ve been searching for.”  The proper recipe of comfort and sleekness puts this European-style coffee shop at the top of my favorite list and if I lived near Avon I’d be in here working or reading easily three times a week.  Recently, I returned for a visit to find an additional cheese and meats selection!


3. SoG Coffee Roasters (South Glastonbury, Connecticut)

The lovely people of SoG have cultivate a welcoming atmosphere of community in the shop.  It’s a place to stroll to with the dog for your morning coffee, snuggle up with a book inside,  or meet up with friends.  The coffee is so good we keep coming back for more. (photo by @julesandhercoffee)


4. Cafe Atlantique (Milford, Connecticut)

In addition to salted caramel biscotti the size of my face, I enjoyed a creamy and delicious hot latte at Cafe Atlantique.  Ample indoor seating accompanied by patio seating outdoors will leave you with so many choices between which corner you want to snuggle up in with a good book.


5. Arethusa a mano (Bantam, Connecticut)

I have never been so smitten with my home state than when I drove through the towns of Litchfield and Bantam to reach Arethusa a mano.  The coffee here is everything you’ve been searching for after a scenic drive through the countryside and an ice cream cone from the Dairy across the street.  Did I mention they serve cold brew nitro coffee?


6. Koffee? (New Haven, Connecticut)

Tucked away on a side street in New Haven, you can find the “it” coffee shop where all of the students go.  Koffee? has just enough grunge and character to encourage philosophic conversation, yet also plenty of space and comfort to lock down and get your work done.  Did I mention there is a Nutella Latte on the menu?! Nutella, people, NUTELLA LATTE.  Out of the four coffee shops I visited in New Haven, this one was my favorite.


7. Silk City Coffee (Manchester, Connecticut)

In 2016, Manchester (my hometown!!) became home to Silk City Coffee!  Nestled into Main Street, Silk City is now the go-to coffee place for the 35 & under crowd in Manchester and its surrounding towns.  Growing up there, I noticed a necessity for a great coffee shop near home.  Silk City fills that void in my stomach and heart.  Whenever I visit Connecticut, you can usually find me at here with a book or my computer once a day. (photo by @julesandhercoffee)


Any CT coffee spots you love? Give me a shout and I’ll visit next time I’m in town!

Tara Higgins

Tara Higgins

Tara loves all things London and wants to spend the rest of her life reading books in beautiful places. She can often be found nestled up in a bookshop, drinking a pint at the pub, or searching for the best pizza slice in town.

  • J Edwards

    Been to a few of these and agree. I highly recommend checking out the Coffee Pedaler in New Haven as well. Best cup I’ve had in a long time

    August 11, 2017 at 7:55 PM
    • Tara Higgins
      Tara Higgins

      Awesome! I’ve just returned for a visit to CT. Last time in New Haven, I capped my coffee visit to three cafes. So I’ll need to check out your recommendation.

      September 8, 2017 at 3:27 AM
  • Kumamonjeng

    Now I know where to get good coffee when I am in Connecticut. You are really coffee expert!

    February 5, 2018 at 5:14 AM
  • Katherine

    I’m not a fan of coffee but I love hot chocolate and tea, so I’ll definitely keep these in mind for when I finally get over to Connecticut!

    February 17, 2018 at 5:53 PM