The Best Beach Coffee Shops
Perq is an outpost in the low-key Southside Village neighborhood that draws a creative crowd, from artists to architects. The bar is outfitted in light and dark wood panels with bright green accents, creating the perfect Instagram backdrop. Find every coffee beverage imaginable from basic brews to frothy nitros, which are infused with flavorless nitrogen for extra smoothness and served from kegs. Insider tip: Try a coffee flight to sample select coffee blends from all over the world.
ChadLou’s Coffee Lounge
Some coffee shops serve biscotti or scones alongside their java; ChadLou's Coffee Lounge, a family-owned Hawaiian café and small-batch roaster, instead opts for made-to-order ice cream cookie sandwiches. Just choose your cookie base - freshly baked chocolate chip and M&M cookies are popular - and a flavor of homemade ice cream. Coffee drinks, from the flavored “Ice Grindz” (a riff on a Frappucino) to iced mochas are served in mason jars.
Andytown Coffee Roasters
San Francisco, California
When husband and wife team Michael McCrory and Lauren Crabbe set up shop at Andytown Coffee Roasters in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood near Ocean Beach, they expected to handle everything themselves, from baking pastries and roasting beans to serving customers and cleaning up. Now, they have a venerable team of employees to keep up with huge demand for specialty drinks like the “Snowy Plover,” an espresso soda topped with a generous dollop of ultra-thick whipped cream. And since this bright outpost is just six blocks away from Ocean Beach, it’s an ideal spot to grab something to sip on on the way to the shore. McCrory and Crabbe give back to their coastal community at every chance, including raising money for Golden Gate Park National Conservancy.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Why do locals and visitors alike clamor to a coffee shop with just one indoor table? Because the coffee is at Island Roasters is just. That. Good. The beans are roasted right behind the counter as customers wait for their drinks, and the roasters distribute the blends to several other local hotspots. Iced coffee purists go crazy for their coffee ice cubes (no watered down drinks here!), while those with a sweet tooth stock up on chocolate covered espresso beans.
Duck, North Carolina
This quaint Outer Banks town is free of chain restaurants and stores, but thanks to Duck’s Cottage you’ll forget all about your usual Starbucks brew. Sip a house blend in a rocking chair on the porch or branch out and try one of their signature espresso drinks; the “Nutty Duck” and “Mucky Duck” are worth ordering for their names alone! Located in the Waterfront Shops just steps from the boardwalk, this is the perfect spot to pick up a newspaper (they carry daily periodicals from all major East Coast cities) and a cup of coffee and stroll along the water. Duck’s Cottage also carries books for adults and children. Authors like Matthew Quick and Mary Kay Andrews stop by from time to time for readings and book signings.