Top 9 Cafes You Must Try In Burlington, Vermont

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Though Vermont is famous for its maple syrup and cheddar cheese, cafes in Burlington are equally appealing to tourists and localities for the wide variety of coffees and appetizers it offers. Are you new to Burlington and don’t know where to go, and what to eat and drink? Fret not. We’ve got you covered. Be it old school cafes or modern architecture, snuggle up among books or enjoy a happy environment, with locally produced beans and exotic fresh vegetables, Vermont cafes have something to cater to all. Some of them are also pet-friendly! Check out our list of the top cafes you must try in Burlington, Vermont.

1. Muddy Waters

Posted by Muddy Waters on Saturday, 15 March 2014

Fond of exotic decor? Then this two-decades-old Muddy Water is a go-to cafe for you. The entire cafe is made up of wood. There are wooden beams, wooden seating, and even the servings are in earthen pots. The arena gives you a vibe as if you are inside a treehouse. Have a sip of classic lattes or healthy smoothies paired up with some freshly baked cookies. What’s more, there’s live music at night on special occasions, so make sure you’re with your favorite pals right on time.

Muddy Waters

Address: 184 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States

Website: Muddy Waters

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7am - 7:30pm; Fri - Sat: 7am - 9pm; Sun: 8:30am - 7pm

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2. Onyx Tonics

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Posted by Onyx Tonics Specialty Coffee on Monday, 23 December 2019

Conceptualized as a coffee tasting bar in downtown Burlington, Onyx Tonics is probably the only cafe in town which is so unique. Their motto is that coffee brewed differently in all parts of the world, and hence tastes differently everywhere. Their coffee is seasonal and hence it’s shuffled every week, so one might explore new varieties of coffee throughout the year. That’s their USP! A must-try is the filter coffee and a shot of espresso with steamed milk. In terms of seasonal special, try out the Cascara Lavender limeade, a coffee fruit tea with lime & lavender.

Onyx Tonics

Address: 126 College St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States

Website: Onyx Tonics

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 6pm; Sun: 9am - 4pm

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3. New Moon Cafe

Hey students! We are staying open late for you during finals week. Sunday-Thursday we will be open until 8:30pm. Espresso will be flowing and lights will be bright. Come get caffeinated and cozy at New Moon!

Posted by New Moon Cafe on Friday, 7 December 2018

With a motto as “sip, savor, stay”, this cafe is famous among students and office goers. The New Moon cafe boosts of espresso and coffee beverages, soups, fresh salads and sandwiches made with organic ingredients. This cafe is vegan and vegetarian-friendly, and also offers gluten-free food. Apart from coffees, one can try out its wide variety of teas and juices.

New Moon Cafe

Address: 150 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States

Website: New Moon Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 6pm; Sun: 8am - 6pm (closed on Sat)

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4. August First

Posted by August First on Tuesday, 9 February 2016

August First is known for its artisanal breads, which are not only crusty and delicious, but also nutritious and healthy. This cafe is pet-friendly. Some of the must-try breakfast items include the avocado toast, maple biscuits, and egg skillets. They accept catering for parties and office events, as well. The cafe has options for vegan food, as well. The chickpea and herb bowl is an ideal choice for a fulfilling lunch or brunch.

August First

Address: 149 S Champlain St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States

Website: August First

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7:30am - 4pm; (closed on Sun)

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5. The Cosmic Grind

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Posted by The Cosmic Grind on Thursday, 7 February 2019

A cute cafe on Church Street, The Cosmic Grind is a great destination for someone who wants to indulge in classic coffee. The cafe is pet-friendly. The decor is very trendy. The choices in sandwiches are quite extensive and equally appetizing. Lattes and mochas are top favorites among regular visitors. This cafe is quite pocket-friendly.

The Cosmic Grind

Address: 104 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States

Website: The Cosmic Grind

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 6pm; Sun: 9am - 6pm

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6. Tight Squeeze Coffee Shop

Posted by Tight Squeeze Coffee Shop on Sunday, 13 October 2019

This tiny barista off College Street is ideal for passerby wanting to indulge in some quality drinks. A top hit is the turmeric latte made up of steamed milk, sugar, turmeric and cinnamon. This drink works as a wonder tonic in terms of healthy living and helps to build immunity. The locally produced granola bars are awesome munchies, too.

Tight Squeeze

Address: 125 College St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States

Website: Tight Squeeze Coffee Shop

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 4pm; Sat: 9am - 3pm (closed on Sun)

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7. Pingala Cafe and Eatery

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Pingala Cafe and Eatery is the best option if you’re looking to try out some amazing global cuisines. They serve American, Korean, Thai as well as French fare. You can tweak your orders if you are a vegan or vegetarian or even gluten-free. The decor is truly mesmerizing, making you feel as if you are transported into the countryside. Pingala provides some very creative comforting food with an aim to create a sustainable planet. It is kid-friendly and has options like wheelchair accessibility. Definitely try out the falafel wrap, tempeh reuben, and hot espresso.

Pingala Cafe and Eatery

Address: 1 Mill St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States

Website: Pingala Cafe and Eatery

Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)

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8. Swingin' Pinwheel Cafe

Posted by The Swingin' Pinwheel on Tuesday, 29 August 2017

A family-run restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, (or even brunch) Swingin’ Pinwheel Cafe is a modern-themed cafe, located at the heart of downtown Burlington, on the Center Street. Do try some of their traditional American cuisines like the Pinwheel or Wafflini, cowboy coffee brewed in a traditional camping pot, freshly baked chocolate pastries and the maple milk. This cafe also has vegan and gluten-free diets. Prices are very reasonable.

Swingin' Pinwheel Cafe

Address: 11 Center St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States

Website: Swingin' Pinwheel Cafe

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 8am - 2:30pm; Tue - Fri: 8am - 2pm (closed on Mon)

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9. Great Harvest Bread Co.

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Posted by Great Harvest Bakery+Café, Burlington, VT on Thursday, 16 January 2020

Just like the name suggests, Great Harvest Bread Co. bakes some really great quality of whole-grain bread. The coconut almond tea bread is diners favorite. There are a variety of sandwiches and salads options and grain bowls. What’s special about their bread is that it made fresh every morning. Great Harvest is truly a bread haven for all bread lovers as every loaf is made with a unique combination of different ingredients, resulting in delighting textures and taste. Once here, try out the blueberry maple bread pudding and grilled cheese. Start off your day with the cinnamon chip french toast and then indulge in some appetizing French cuisines. Apart from that, don’t forget to order their hot scones and cinnamon rolls.

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Address: 382 Pine St, Burlington, VT 05401, United States

Website: Great Harvest Bread Co

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 6pm; Sat: 7:30am - 5pm; Sun: 9am - 2:30pm

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With so many delightful and quaint cafes to choose from, wait no longer to pick your favorite spot in Burlington, Vermont. Go solo or with your gang, have a picnic with your family or want a cozy time with your partner, these cafes are an ideal spot for all occasions. Try out these cafes and make sure you let us know which one is your top favorite.

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