You just started reading, but can you smell freshly brewed coffee? Morning, noon, and night, these neighborhood coffee shops and cafes put a pep in your step and artisan breads, sandwiches, and sweets in your belly. Skip the convenience store brews and opt for a mug of local java from one of these adorable shops!
Little Amps Coffee Roasters
Get amped up for a day of sightseeing at one of Harrisburg’s favorite coffee spots - Little Amps Coffee Roasters – with their Instagram-worthy lattes and award-winning espresso. They expertly choose their beans from farms the world over and roast them here in Harrisburg. Their penchant for music comes through not just in their logo (amp, get it?) but in the treasured vinyl records available for purchase in store. About that espresso: Little Amps took home the crown for “Best Espresso in America” at the Coffee Fest Trade Show in Baltimore! From a little
Anna Rose Bakery
You know you’ve stumbled upon something sweet when you see the pink and cream façade of Anna Rose Bakery & Coffee Shop in Downtown Harrisburg. Their mouthwatering menu of treats includes made-to-order donuts where you choose your icing, toppings, and drizzles. Chocolate icing with Cocoa Krispies? Sure. Maple icing with bacon? Yep. Vanilla frosting with rainbow sprinkles? Do it! Their bakery items go on for days and include daily cupcakes, cookies, muffins, sweet breads, brownies, bars, eclairs, cannolis, macaroons, and even gluten-free and vegan delights. We almost forgot to mention the coffee, your breakfast dessert’s Instagram buddy. Get a house blend, dark roast, or Royal Sumatra, straight up or flavored, hot or cold brew. They also have a selection of frappes and fruit smoothies for those warm summer mornings when regular coffee just won’t do.
Tomato Pie Café
This charming urban-style café is a delicious destination for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their beverage menu includes house coffee (an exclusive Brazilian blend), Americano, French Press, lattes, tea, smoothies, milkshakes, and a full espresso bar. When choosing a meal item, prepare to be impressed by their artful yet straightforward ingredients with ample vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. From sandwiches, soups, and salads to entrees like spaghetti squash and meatballs, their presentation is superb along with the taste. And, if you haven’t guessed by their name, Tomato Pie Café is known for their tomato pie that pairs well with rosemary potatoes and fruit for breakfast or greens and a savory herb scone for lunch or dinner.
Midtown Scholar Bookstore Café
There’s something undeniably cozy about a cup of coffee and a good book. If you agree, make time for a visit to Midtown Scholar Bookstore Café. This vibrant community spot was once a theatre and a department store before it became the literary treasure trove it is today. Upon entering the shop, you’re greeted with the pleasant aroma of coffee beans and old books. Their cafe welcomes visitors with a selection of organic coffee and espresso from Counter Culture Coffee and themed beverages, like a Butter Beer Latte inspired by the Harry Potter series. Tea drinkers can choose from nearly 30 varieties of loose leaf organic and fair-trade teas: black, green, oolong, chai, white, and decaf botanical blends. Once you’ve chosen your book-reading beverage, explore their impressive selection that includes more than 200,000 new, used, and rare texts in a labyrinth of aisles and shelves.
The Hershey Pantry & The Pantry Café
If you’re in Hershey, there’s one place that should be on the top of your list for breakfast – The Hershey Pantry. For 20 years running, locals have voted their morning munchies “Simply The Best” breakfast in Central Pennsylvania in the annual Harrisburg Magazine Reader Poll. Start with a hot beverage, like a daily selection of gourmet coffee or a mug of flavored hot chocolate. From there, it will be tough to choose from favorites like Italian Stuffed French Toast, house specialties like Eggs Benedict and Crab Florentine Eggs, and daily chef specials with seasonal ingredients like Pumpkin Pancakes, Pecan Pie Cinnamon Baked French Toast, and Eggplant Benedict.
The Pantry Café is just down the road inside the lobby of The Hershey Story, Museum on Chocolate Avenue, and makes a perfect stop before or after exploring the museum to learn the fascinating story behind Milton S. Hershey. Many of the breakfast and lunch food items overlap at The Pantry Café, but this location has an upgraded coffee bar that can whip you up an Americano, Macchiato, or Chai Latte in addition to traditional java offerings.
Red Canoe General Store (at Mount Gretna Craft Brewery)
Whether its AM or PM, you’re probably here for the brews! The Red Canoe General Store is a coffee bar and gourmet shop housed under the same roof as the Mount Gretna Craft Brewery in Palmyra. This grab-n-go shop offers java, espresso, tea, and specialty coffee drinks like a nitro cold brew, along with locally made baked goods, snacks, and pantry items. Rogue Popcorn is a local favorite with inventive flavors like cookies n cream or cheeseburger, or pick up something more satiating like a hot breakfast sandwich, lunch selections, and salad.
Take a sweet break from coasters and chocolate tastings in Hershey to enjoy a cup of coffee at Cocoa Beanery. In addition to freshly brewed coffee, seasonally inspired lattes, cappuccinos, tea, and fruit smoothies, their food menu includes wholesome breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast, and a quiche special made fresh daily. Stick around for lunch where you’ll find hearty, all-natural soups, green salads, artisan sandwiches and wraps, and craft beer. Because you’re in Hershey, you can count on several delectable sweet pastries like muffins and cookies. The Cocoa Beanery in Hummelstown is pet friendly, and dogs are welcome to join their owners at the many outdoor bistro tables.
Elementary Coffee at Broad Street Market
Elementary Coffee Co. is one of the many small businesses operating a stand at Midtown Harrisburg’s historic Broad Street Market, and their approach to coffee is simple and environmentally conscious. Elementary shakes off the snooty, disconnected nature of the coffee industry to deliver craft coffee that’s roasted and brewed each morning right in the market. From the friendly service to the first sip, you can tell they’ve given you the gift of a great cup of coffee. The Broad Street Market has dozens of food vendors where you can pair your Elementary coffee with a savory tart from Raising the Bar, a flavorful crêpe from Bon Appetit Crêperie, or a gourmet cake donut from Evanilla. Arrive hungry, and maybe stick around for lunch!
Café Fresco has a popular spot in the heart of Harrisburg’s Restaurant Row and has served as a staple of the downtown dining scene for more than 10 years. They’re open for breakfast Monday through Friday, fueling up city visitors from their full coffee bar and quick and easy morning meals. Start with an egg style – Southwestern, Mediterranean, meat & cheese, vegetarian – and order them up as a sandwich, a wrap, on a hearty bagel, or as an omelet. Their Saturday brunch menu is a bit bigger with appetizers, bold breakfast entrees like Five Spice French Toast and Oysters Rockefeller Benedict, salads, sandwiches, and of course, cocktails.
Wake up and smell these coffee shops and cafes!