10 Best Cafes In Richmond, Virginia

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Richmond, Virginia is two hours away from Washington and is home to the University of Virginia. One of America’s college towns, this Southern destination is slowly gaining popularity amongst travellers, thanks to its thriving local industry of coffee and craft beer, as well as many homegrown shops that have retained their unique flavour. The city has many museums such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with highlights including Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces. If you want to, you can walk to Carytown or The Fan, where a row of brick houses in past colonial styles paint a pretty backdrop for photos. The local street art scene is buzzing, and the annual Richmond Mural Project is a huge draw for both artists and travellers. If you’re headed to Richmond, Virginia, check out our guide to the best cafes in town to have a cuppa and people-watch.

1. Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee

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Posted by Sugar Shack Donuts on Sunday, 23 December 2018

Sugar Shack Donuts, as the name suggests, is famous for their doughnuts and coffee. With doughnuts are hand rolled and hand cut in small batches daily, and you’ll be able to feast on the freshest possible doughnuts any time of the day. Fresh berries and apples are also used as fillings, and you’ll enjoy delicious Apple Fritters, or Strawberry Glazed Donut made with the freshest fruits. Coffee is also freshly ground and pulled, ensuring you have the best desserts and coffee whenever you’re here.

Name of cafe: Sugar Shack Donuts

Address:1001 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 278-5900

Opening hours:Hours: Mon-Sat 6:30am-9pm, Sun 8am-6pm

Website: Sugar Shack Donuts

Average cost for two persons: USD15

2. Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe

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Posted by LIFT Coffee Shop & Cafe' on Friday, 7 October 2016

This cosy coffee place is in the heart of Richmond’s Art District, so you’ll run into many creative types while enjoying their locally roasted organic and fairly traded coffee. There are also craft beers, mimosa, and local pastries, sandwiches and bagels for sale. Dine indoors or outdoors to people watch.

Name of cafe: Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe

Address:218 W Broad St Richmond, Va 23220 • 804/ 344-LIFT

Opening hours:Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm • Sat: 7am-8pm • Sun: 8am-7pm

Website:Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe

Average cost for two persons: USD15

3. Lamplighter

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Posted by Lamplighter Coffee Roasters on Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Lamplighter Roasting Company has been around since 2009. A local business selling speciality coffee, the interior of the shops are specially designed to be as welcoming as possible. The original Addison shop is spacious, with social seating, made for community gatherings. The Summit Ave roastery is designed to allow customers to focus on the coffee, with customer education events, cuppings, and throwdowns held here. Whichever shop you drop in on, the coffee is always brewed fresh, and you’re always ensured the best customer service.

Name of cafe: Lamplighter

Address:116 S. Addison St, Richmond, VA 23220

Opening hours:Daily 7am-7pm

Website:Lamplighter

Average cost for two persons: USD25

4. Village Cafe

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Posted by Tracy Lankford Hynes on Saturday, 1 December 2018

This is a go-to cafe for students in Virginia. Located near Virginia University’s Monroe Park campus, it has a wide selection from burgers and milkshakes, to coffee grounded in-house, or if you’re coming in after class, get a beer and soak in the atmosphere.

Name of cafe: Village Cafe

Address:1001 W Grace St Richmond Virginia 23220

Opening hours:Mon – Sun: 8:30 am – 2:00 am

Website:Village Cafe

Average cost for two persons: USD15

5. Black Hand Coffee Co.

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Posted by Black Hand Coffee Company on Saturday, 22 December 2018

Black Hand Coffee Co brews quality coffee, with high-quality green coffee beans imported from farms around the world, and made available for sales at their coffee shop in Museum District, as well as at Cafe Nostra. A wholesaler as well, they provide coffee beans to both the local community and coffee drinkers around the region. A popular choice for the locals, they also sell craft beers from area breweries such as Triple Crossing Brewing company and many more.

Name of cafe: Black Hand Coffee Co

Address: Coffee shop: 3101 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221

Opening hours: 7am-5pm Daily

Website:Black Hand Coffee Co.

Average cost for two persons: USD20

6. Sub Rosa

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


If you click on the Instagram feed of this cafe, you’ll see pictures of freshly baked bread and pastries. Indeed, Sub Rosa is a wood-fired bakery that specialises in the baking of bread and pastries using organic and regional grains. Visit this rustic bakery to see bread and pastry baked right in front of your eyes!

Name of cafe: Sub Rosa

Address:620 N 25th St, Richmond, VA 23223, USA

Opening hours:Mon – Fri: 7am-6pm| Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm

Website:Sub Rosa

Average cost for two persons: USD10

7. Captain Buzzy's Beanery


This coffee house serves a full menu with light breakfast or lunch items. Fresh juices and milkshakes, along with freshly roasted coffee are also available. Situated in the centre of historical Church Hill and just a couple of blocks from Liberty Hill Park, this cafe has many tourists dropping by to enjoy a drink and a snack. With free Wifi as well and a first free coffee refill, you can while your hours away.

Name of cafe: Captain Buzzy’s Beanery

Address: 2623 E.Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 6:30 am to 7 pm, Sat 7:30 am to 7 pm & Sun 8 am to 6 pm.

Website:Captain Buzzy’s Beanery

Average cost for two persons: USD15

8. Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream


A pet-friendly cafe, Crossroads not just serves coffee and ice-cream, there are also live music events hosted at the cafe. Wine and beer are also for sale here. Meant to be a communal space for people to hang out, have meals and relax, you’ll find yourself crossing paths with strangers turned friends here.

Name of cafe: Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream

Address:3600 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225

Opening hours: Mon-Wed: 7am-10pm| Thurs-Sat: 7am-11pm| Sun: 7am-10pm

Website:Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream

Average cost for two persons: USD20

9. Shoredog Cafe


ShoreDog Cafe is a family-owned, and family-run cafe. In here, you’ll not just get coffee; there is an extensive farm to table menu, with freshly caught seafood as the main focus. Whether you are having your breakfast, lunch, or dinner here, you’ll be able to taste the freshest ingredients, as well as handcrafted beverages. Shoredog is named after the family’s late family pet, as a representation of the best of the Eastern Shore.

Name of cafe: Shoredog Cafe

Address:435-B N. Ridge Road (in the Tuckahoe Shopping Center) Richmond, VA 23229

Opening hours: Mon-Tues 7am - 6pm | Wed-Sat 7am - 9pm | Sunday 8am - 3pm

Website:Shoredog Cafe

Average cost for two persons: USD20

10. Sefton Coffee Company

We celebrate small business everyday! Treat your friends and family with the gift of fresh roasted coffee :)

Posted by Sefton Coffee Co on Monday, 30 November 2015

Sefton Coffee Company is a local business that sells breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its menu is raved about for having highly original flavours, such as Lavender latte and iced honey breve. Many come from elsewhere in Washington to check out their interesting drinks. A wide range of sandwiches, snacks, and pastries are also available. If you’re in the area, why not drop by this cosy cafe for a lavender latte?

Name of cafe: Sefton Coffee Company

Address:24 N 8th St 23219 Richmond, Virginia

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm

Facebook:Sefton Coffee Company

Average cost for two persons: USD6

Coffee, beer and more in Richmond, Virginia

Have a coffee in Richmond, Virginia
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Whether you’re in Richmond to visit or to work, a cup of joe will rejuvenate you and help you get back on your feet. Once you’re ready, be sure to visit the many museums and galleries that line the streets of this lovely town.

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