Coffee is magic. Every morning, it transforms us from zombies into honest-to-goodness people. It is just as wonderful piping hot in the early sunlight as it is sipped slowly in the middle of the afternoon. Better yet, there are a seemingly endless number of ways to enjoy a jolt of java. From espressos and straight blacks to milky lattes, punchy macchiatos, and foamy cappuccinos, a caffeinated (or decaffeinated) beverage exists for everyone.
Are you craving a cuppa yet? Head out to these Hudson Valley coffee shops for the best brews the area has to offer.
311 Hudson St, Cornwall-on-Hudson
117 Broadway, Newburgh
Drink: Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte
With two locations in the Hudson Valley, 2 Alices is a local staple. The laptop friendly venue serves up an extensive selection of lattes, including ginger spice, vanilla mint, and brown sugar cinnamon. Order a bagel with cream cheese to go with your drink and you have everything you need for a productive café day.
129 Main St, Beacon
Bank Square Coffeehouse rests at the very start of Main Street in Beacon, which means it is a hub for train travelers, community members, and everyone in-between. Stop in for a coffee before you window-shop through town or pack your laptop for a day spent nestled in one of the café’s cozy chairs and couches.
197 South St, Newburgh
Drink: Blacc Vanilla Latte
The welcoming addition to Newburgh’s dining scene serves snazzy lattes, coffees, and breakfast sandwiches that will have you thinking about a return trip before you even exit the threshold. Plan to visit for weekend brunch or during one of the special poetry or music events.
4 Old Post Rd S, Croton-on-Hudson
7 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville
Phelps Hospital, 701 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow
Drink: Vanilla Latte
The Black Cow is one of those hole-in-the-wall spots that locals adore for its cozy atmosphere and down-to-earth menu. If you love foam, try the vanilla latte for a cup of caffeine that is made to savor.
3962 Rte 28, Boicevilleâ€‹
2121 Ulster Ave, Lake Katrine
45 East Market St, Rhinebeckâ€‹
22 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock
Bread Alone may be famous for its signature yeasty concoctions, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the drink menu. Instead, sip on a creamy latte to go with the scrumptious breakfast or lunch options at any of the bakery’s local outposts. It just might outshine the bread.
44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie
Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall, 2001 South Rd, Poughkeepsie
Drink: Café Miel
Located a short stroll away from Vassar College, The Crafted Kup is a go-to location for students, professors, and community members. Whether you swing by the original shop or visit the newer space in the Poughkeepsie Galleria, do yourself a favor and order one of the signature lattes. The Café Miel and the matcha latte are top picks.
418 Main St, Beacon
Drink: Mocha Latte
Ella’s Bellas in Beacon is beloved by locals for its covetable gluten free baked goods. Yet it also happens to be an ideal setting for sipping a fresh mocha latte or seasonal drink. Pair it with a sky-high cupcake or freshly baked cookie and you have the formula for snack time bliss.
5462 Rte 9W, Newburgh
Drink: Flavored Coffee of the Day
Dessert lovers will swoon over the gourmet brews on offer at Haven. Flavors change regularly, but expect anything from caramel pecan coffee and cinnamon hazelnut to coconut crème and pecan pie. While the coffees are tasty enough on their own, they shine brightest when paired with one of the café’s delectable desserts.
365 Main St, Catskill
Housed in hip Catskill, HiLo is a café, bar, and performing space that attracts java lovers, music makers, and more. Try out the macchiato if you need a burst of caffeine. Anyone allergic to dairy can happily sip on almond milk or soy milk alternatives too.
44 Main St, Millerton
Drink: Cold Brew Coffee
With multiple locations in New York City, Irving Farm is a mainstay for Big Apple residents. Yet the Millerton outpost is the one to bookmark for a local visit, since it sits just a mile away from the company’s roasting facility. As the weather gets warmer, treat yourself to a hipster-chic glass bottle of cold brew coffee that is just as strong as it is smooth.
357 Warren St, Hudson
Whether you live in Hudson or take an upstate day trip, be sure to make a pit stop at Moto. The too cool for school café serves a stellar breakfast with waffles, muffins, and breakfast bowls galore. Order a single, perfectly brewed espresso to go with your meal, then follow it up with a foamy cappuccino for further sipping.
107 Main St, Poughkeepsie
Drink: Colombian Medium Roast Coffee
Just up the street from the Poughkeepsie train station, the Grind delivers a necessary jolt of caffeine to early morning commuters and Walkway visitors. Breakfast is the best time to visit, since you can get a gourmet waffle to go with your cup of joe. Talk about the perfect pairing!
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42 East Market St, Rhinebeck
Drink: Toby’s Estate Coffee
Visitors to what is arguably the sweetest spot in all of the Hudson Valley need a boost to balance out all that sugar. That’s why the quaint space serves freshly brewed Toby’s Estate coffee to go with the tempting candies and confections. Savor a mugful as you munch on a muffin or, better yet, treat yourself to a chocolate or two.
1 E Main St, Beacon
Drink: Black Coffee
If the name proves anything, it’s that Trax Espresso takes caffeination seriously. The Brooklynesque shop roasts the beans that power its numerous coffee concoctions. Order a plain black coffee to experience the small batch roasting process at its finest. It doesn’t hurt that the muffins and croissants are delectable either.
74 Vineyard Ave, Highland
Underground has something of a cult following in the Hudson Valley, and for good reason. With a mix of coffee, tea, beer, and wine, the space has a drink to quench your thirst at every hour of the day. Live music and trivia occur throughout the week too. Whether you head over for oatmeal and a latte in the morning or beer and a burger at night, you can’t go wrong here.