Cozy Up at These Local Coffee Shops

Need a boost before venturing out and about around Niagara County? Here’s where to head for your morning brew.

Whether you need a steaming latte in the depths of winter or a chilled iced coffee in the middle of summer, Niagara Falls USA offers great local coffee shops to keep you buzzing along. Add in baked goods, full food menus and cozy corners to relax into, and you’ll never want to leave these sit-and-stay-awhile spots.

IN NIAGARA FALLS:

Power City Eatery: What do you get when you cross a classic Long Island deli with a local coffee house? Power City Eatery, where you can come in for a house-roast coffee and an authentic NYC bagel and schmear — and leave with a pound of the finest cold cuts. Add in an extensive sandwich program for lunch, and you’re about to feel like a real New Yorker.

Sugar Street Cafe: Located just off the LaSalle waterfront, this intimate cafe specializes in high-quality coffee and house-made baked goods. Choose from quiche or muffins to accompany your coffee in the morning, and switch to their soups and sandwiches at lunch. This homey space is usually busy, but there always seems to be room for one more.

The Why Coffee Shop: This family-owned-and-operated coffee shop is turning 40 years old this year, and it continues to be a local favorite thanks to its retro-diner feel. Settle in for an old-fashioned breakfast and keep the coffee coming from the friendly waitstaff — all at prices that feel as straight out of the ’70s as the décor.

IN LEWISTON:

Orange Cat Coffee Co.: Celebrating its 15th year in business in 2019, this Lewiston coffee house is quite literally a house, with a charming garden out front. And it’s a mecca for those who love flavored coffee, with colorfully named drinks like the Smelly Nelly and the Screaming Monkey. Pair them with a fan-favorite muffin for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up — all vegan-friendly too!

The Village Bake Shoppe: We all know that sometimes a cup of coffee is just a cover for the delicious treat you’re ordering with it. That’s where the Village Bake Shoppe comes in, with scratch-made desserts from cupcakes to cookies to bars to fruit tarts. At breakfast time, you’ll find a variety of freshly baked scones, muffins and swirl buns to choose from to accompany your cup of joe.

IN LOCKPORT:

Pulp716 Coffee & Comics: Ever look at your cappuccino and think it would be enhanced by a comic book? That’s exactly the theory behind this Lockport gem. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, check out their extensive selection of bubble teas and milk teas — you can even ask for the bubble tea to be made into a slushy when the season calls for it.

Scripts Cafe: To call Scripts Cafe in Lockport a coffee house is to underplay the level of food-menu offerings. While they do have baked goods to pair with their excellent coffee, you can also make your own sandwich or choose from lighter fare like quinoa bowls. It’s a perfect lunch spot for when you need a good meal and good coffee — or even a spot to linger the day away.

Steamworks Coffee Roasters: This local roastery not only roasts their own small-batch beans, but they make the some of the best cold brew in the area. Add on a truly tempting array of baked goods — those cinnamon rolls will leave you swooning — and you’ve got an ideal spot for almost any time of the day.

IN WILSON:

Wilson Brew Co.: A must-stop in Wilson for artfully made espresso drinks from caramel macchiatos with homemade whipped cream to iced chai lattes. This family-run business serves locally roasted coffee, house-made baked goods (the scones are beloved!) and bagel sandwiches for breakfast. Make yourself at home in the warm, industrial-chic space.

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