A coffee shop is a quiet place to spend a relaxing morning, or early afternoon, sipping on a hot coffee drink complemented by a nice pastry or dessert. Many coffee shops offer a good selection of baked goods. Other coffee shop menus might have less pastry, but more breakfast and lunch items. It depends on your mood whether you choose one shop over another. This article features five of the better coffee shops in the area that serve up more than a hot cup of caffeine.
Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop
222 Abermarle St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Vaccaro’s in Little Italy is a local bakery/coffee shop that specializes in some of the best Italian pastries in the city. As with any good coffee shop, it serves a selection of hot drinks, such as coffee, latte, espresso, cappuccino, tea and others to go with the delicious pastries. In addition, Vaccaro’s menu offers typical breakfast and lunch items available at local area shops. This local Baltimore chain has shops in Canton Square, Hunt Valley and Bel Air. Many pastry items are available online for shipping across the country.
529 E. Belvedere Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21212
Atwater’s Bakery in the Belvedere Square Market offers a nice selection of baked goods and desserts that go great with its coffees and espresso drinks. This cafe is also known for a selection of great soups, salads, sandwiches and artisanal cheeses. It also offers ice cream creations including sundaes, milkshakes and ice cream fizz. Other Atwater’s Bakery locations include Kenilworth, Catonsville and Falls Road.
On the Hill Café
1431 John St.
Baltimore, Md. 21217
On the Hill Café boasts an eco-friendly establishment using wind power for electricity, composting and recycling wastes, and converts cooking oil into bio-diesel fuel. The café menu features a variety of specialty coffees and teas such as lattes. In addition, it has a limited selection of breakfast items, soups, salads, local specialties, sandwiches and even burritos. On the Hill Cafe uses all-natural ingredients to create its dishes, sometimes from local organic farms. The menu also includes vegetarian and vegan options.
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Bohemian Coffee House
1821 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Located in the Station North Arts District, the Bohemian Coffee House features Zeke’s coffee as well as other local coffee blends. As it is owned by ethnic Bohemians, this coffee house has Bohemian-chic décor and a truly mellow vibe. In true artistic style, the Bohemian Coffee House is always creating new and different coffees complemented by pastries, breakfast and lunch items, such as sandwiches, soups and salads. During the week, it features local musicians and showcases local visual artists.
903 S. Ann St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Located on the open walk area (esplanade) next to the Inner Harbor at South Ann Street in Fells Point, Bonaparte Breads is known for wonderful French breads and pastries created by a true French chef. In fact, the breads are so good that they are provided to some of the best local restaurants. The eclectic French-style décor (Napoleonic) will fill your heart with the spirit of France. This quaint café features a prix fixe menu that includes breakfast and lunch options, such as French sandwiches and quiche. Of course, it always has hot coffee.
Michael Townsend lives in Baltimore, Md., and has an Associate’s degree from Harford Community College. Working for Examiner.com as the Baltimore Family Entertainment Examiner, Michael writes about family-oriented and budget-conscious activities. His interests include nature, history, mythology, crafts, photography and cooking.