There’s something special about a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee to get your day started. Perhaps it’s the instant jolt of caffeine that makes all the things happen, or just the simple habit of accomplishing a small task each morning setting the tone for the rest of the day. Yes, we totally count making coffee as a to-do list check off. Whether you’re a triple shot vanilla latte kinda girl, or a cold brew with almond milk mama, we all share one similar thought: who makes it the best? Looking for just a plain ole good cup of joe, or something a little more special like organic or fair trade beans? This list of local NJ coffee shops has what you need to get your day started properly. Because, when mama’s happy, everyone’s happy.
Find the best cup of java at these local NJ coffees shops ☕️
1. Asbury Park Roastery
A cup of coffee from Asbury Park Roastery is a must-try. Most of their coffees are organic and you can purchase by the cup or bag. We prefer whole beans and grinding at home, but that’s just a preference of freshness. With two locations in Asbury Park, it’s a favorite among locals.
803 Second Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (Grand Arcade at Convention Hall)
2. Coffee Surf Co.
This family-owned shop is located in the same place as Playa Bowls and Coney Waffle, so you can get your caffeine fix with your acai bowls and Sideshow Shakes. Catching up on work is easy with free Wi-Fi and outdoor seating. To make this local coffee shop even better, it’s offering Pumpkin Nitro Cold Brew Coffee this fall season.
803 Ocean Avenue, Belmar, New Jersey 07719
3. Rook Coffee
If you’re in the Jersey Shore area and need to grab coffee and go, don’t worry because there’s sure to be a Rook around you somewhere. The two owners promise quality, simplicity and experience with every cup of coffee they serve.
Locations in Long Branch, Oakhurst, Wall Township, Little Silver, Red Bank, Holmdel, Colts Neck and Manalapan
4. Booskerdoo Coffee & Baking
An amazing ambience, freshly roasted coffee made to order and baked goods to snack on all make this local coffee shop one of the best in the Jersey Shore area. Get comfortable because it has seating and Wi-Fi.
Locations in Asbury Park, Fair Haven, Monmouth Beach, Long Branch, Holmdel and Matawan
5. Cookman Creamery
You might be wondering why an ice cream shop is on this list, but it’s no mistake. Cookman Creamery makes floats and milkshakes with Coffee Surf Co. coffee so you can have ice cream with a caffeine kick!
711 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
6. Lava Java
This adorable café in Lavallette offers breakfast, lunch and a bunch of unique coffee flavors besides the usual caramel and hazelnut (think: marshmallow and cupcake). With Wi-Fi and some seating, be sure to get there early to enjoy breakfast while working on your laptop at this local coffee shop.
500 Grand Central Avenue, Lavallette, NJ 08735
7. Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters
With a corporate office and distribution center based in Atlantic Highlands, Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters offers visitors to its coffee shop a personally roasted cup of delicious fair trade and organic coffee.
171 1st Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
8. bwè kafe
With one shop in Hoboken and another in Jersey City, these cozy cafés are definitely favorites in Hudson County. Bwè is the perfect place to catch up on work or relax. Plus, you can get vegan and gluten-free pastries here.
1002 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
140 River Drive South, Jersey City, NJ 07310
9. Bean Vault Coffee
This local coffee shop is right by the PATH and Hoboken train station, so it’s the perfect place to grab a cup from on your morning commute. It even supports other local businesses by selling locally made snacks and treats.
1 Newark Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
10. Empire Coffee & Tea Co.
If you’re walking anywhere near here, the aroma of coffee will lead you right to Empire Coffee & Tea Co. It’s a coffee lover’s dream because of the huge selection of gifts and house-roasted beans. Even though there are a few tables and Wi-Fi, it’s best suited as a grab-and-go coffee shop.
338 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
11. The Fine Grind
The Fine Grind is one of the most versatile local coffee shops in the area. The early morning and late night hours make it the perfect place to read a book or catch up with friends. Whether you prefer a classic cup of coffee or a crazy concoction like a S’mores latte, this is your place. Plus, the menu offers vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free food and drink options, so there’s something for everyone there.
101 Newark-Pompton Turnpike (rt 23 south), Little Falls, NJ 07424
239 Berdan Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470
Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652
12. Java Love Coffee Roasting Co.
When Montclair locals need a good cup of coffee, Java Love never fails. It has unique flavor combinations, Wi-Fi and seating so you can relax and enjoy your coffee and treats.
49 Church Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
244 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
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13. Kuppi Coffee
This Instagram-worthy cafe not only gives you an amazing cup of coffee, but it’s also a great place to work. Sitting by the windows overlooking the Hudson will put you in such a good mood. Plus, Kuppi Coffee also has a pretty good selection of food options in addition to the drink menu.
725 River Road, Unit 47, Edgewater, NJ 07020
14. modcup coffee co.
With three locations in Jersey City, modcup coffee will keep you energized throughout the day. The baristas are friendly, knowledgeable and they appreciate their customers. Next time you need a pick-me-up, you won’t regret grabbing a cup of coffee from modcup.
25 Senate Place, Jersey City, NJ 07306
479 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307
Harborside Atrium, 147 Harborside Financial Center Platform, Jersey City, NJ 07302
15. The Coffee Mill Roasters
A perfect cup of freshly roasted coffee and french pastries keep this local coffee shop’s customers coming back. While there’s Wi-Fi, the seating is limited, so make this your next stop when you need to grab a cup of coffee on the go.
41 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041
16. Intrinsic Cafe
Intrinsic Café has a great selection of coffee, tea (including bubble tea) and café foods, which makes sense because its slogan is “more than just coffee.” You’ll always find people hanging out or catching up on work using the free Wi-Fi whenever this local spot is open.
5 Sussex Avenue, Newark, NJ 0710
17. Boxwood Coffee Roasters
This local coffee shop roasts beans fresh and takes pride in brewing each cup of coffee to perfection. Its inviting atmosphere and menu featuring breakfast sandwiches and pastries (read: delicious macarons) make it the perfect spot to hang out or get work done (thanks to the free Wi-Fi).
17 Beechwood Road, Summit, NJ 07901
18. Rojo’s Roastery
Rojo’s roasts beans in Lambertville and has a café in both Lambertville and Princeton. Tables are limited, but you might want to snag a seat to enjoy the free Wi-Fi with your cup of coffee.
243 N Union Street #10, Lambertville, NJ 08530
33 Palmer Square W, Princeton, NJ 08542
19. Small World Coffee
Even though it’s called Small World Coffee, the flavor of its drinks are anything but small. It’s another favorite spot around this area for bringing a laptop or a book to read. Oh, and be sure to bring cash because credit cards are not accepted.
14 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
254 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
20. Black River Roasters
This roastery has only been open for a little over two years, yet it’s already a local favorite. Not only is the coffee really good, but you get to see the entire roasting process while you wait. There’s plenty of seating and free Wi-Fi at Black River Roasters, making it the perfect spot to hang out while enjoying a fresh cup of joe.
424 US Highway 22 W, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
21. The Coffee House
Locals love this coffee shop because of its cozy and comfortable atmosphere that reminds them of home. The comfy chairs and couches placed around the electric fireplace (plus free Wi-Fi) make you feel like you’re sitting in your living room. If you prefer the fresh air, you can still enjoy your coffee and baked goods while dining al fresco.
931 Amboy Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837
Although this South Jersey coffee shop is tiny, the employees want to provide you with the best coffee experience possible. It has Wi-Fi and a few seats, so you’ll be able to grab a space if you get there early enough.
3 Second Avenue, Pitman, NJ 08312
23. The Treehouse Coffee Shop & Cafe
As one of Audubon’s favorite mom-and-pop shops, The Treehouse Coffee Shop & Cafe covers all its bases. It features an espresso bar, full food menu and homemade baked goods to snack on during your stay. As entertainment, this local café offers playgroups for kids, book clubs, artists and free Wi-Fi to top it off.
120 W. Merchant Street, Audubon, NJ 08106
24. Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery
Casciano’s is a charming, family-owned shop in downtown Hammonton that will always make you a perfect cup of coffee. Because it offers light food options and a full coffee menu, it is a perfectly cozy place to get some work done.
212 Bellevue Avenue (Rt. 54), Hammonton, NJ 08037
25. Harvest Coffee Roastery
With beans roasted on-site and this local spot’s cozy atmosphere, customers come here for a no-fluff, grab-and-go coffee experience. It offers 10 to 15 different varieties of roasts, so every type of coffee-lover will be pleased.
1 North Main Street, Suite E, Medford, New Jersey 08055
Do you have a favorite local coffee shop that we missed? Let us know in the comments!