Café Culture in…Charlottesville?

I’d really love to hear from Charlottesville readers: Where do you go to sit and enjoy a really good cup of coffee outside? I haven’t really found a place that I love. When I lived in DC there was a place that my friends and I went anytime we wanted a cup of espresso or a snack but am still searching for that spot that I love here. Is it just me or are we lacking in this department? I’d love to hear thoughts, gripes, favorites and opinions—don’t be shy!

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7 Responses to Café Culture in…Charlottesville?

  1. Sean says:

    Oo! like this topic…also, kudos for the new URL!
    I definitely think cafe “culture” is a bit lacking, although I hope the renovated Mudhouse dt will be the answer to my cafe culture prayers. My favorite place to sit outside is Splendora’s, though – it’s nice under those trees! Plus, they make a perfect-sized cappuccino and their iced coffee is the least expensive I’ve found.

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks, Sean!

      I agree about the renovations; I’m excited to see what JSJ comes up with for them. I will have to try Splendora’s cappuccino. Have you ever been to Para coffee? Every time I’ve tried to go over there, they are closed.

  2. Yeah, for starters, a place that is open on Sundays!!! And a place where the baristas aren’t all sloppy/slow.

  3. Carol Fishwick says:

    My favorite spot in the early morning is on my lower terrace under a leafy canopy of green.

  4. Sean says:

    Oh the open on Sundays comment is a good one, and also when I lived abroad the cafes stayed open til 1am…I think that’d be brilliant. But they also served wine and beer. oops, abc laws.
    Also, I have not been to Para coffee. I keep meaning to, though! I’ve tried once or twice and it’s been closed for me as well – disaster! And p.s. did you see this link to the mudhouse renovations they tweeted? it’s amazing!

  5. Brian says:

    Java Java on the mall makes a pretty good cup. I always take mine back to work but really enjoy the mall in the early AM, when it is mostly devoid of peeps. C-Ville def NEEDS more ‘pause’ places like NYC or any European city.

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