Cozy Cafés

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!

Ladies enjoying coffee at Little Amps Coffee shop

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!

Locations: | Downtown (State St.) | Strawberry Square (Market St.) | Olde Uptown (Green St.)

Barista at Little Amps Coffee

Anna Rose Bakery

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, cannoli, 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.

Sweet Side Note: Anna Rose Bakery and lost of other great spots are featured on the Hershey Harrisburg Chocolate & More Sweet Treat Trail. Sweet ideas for every sweet tooth at!

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.

Tomato Pie Cafe

Good Brotha's Book Café

Good Brotha's Cozy Cafes

Owner Stefan Hawkins is a Harrisburg native who thrives on serving great coffee and being a positive force in the community. Good Brotha's Book Cafe is the first Black-owned coffee shop in Harrisburg, and its new location in the McCormick Riverfront Library is the perfect spot to savor the flavor of fresh-roasted coffee and celebrate Black and multi-cultural authors. The coffee is brewed with Fifth Acres Coffee - Hawkins' own brand inspired by the city he loves. While sipping on a Banana Nut Latte - or any flavor combo because Hawkins loves to experiment - browse a selection of books featuring Black literature.

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.

Bonus Flavors: Grab a breakfast plate from Just Baked Cakes and Pies, also located in Midtown Scholar!

Midtown Scholar Cafe

The Hershey Pantry

Hershey Pantry

If you’re in Hershey, there’s one place that should be on the top of your list for breakfast – The Hershey Pantry. Locals have voted their morning munchies “Simply The Best” breakfast in Central Pennsylvania in the annual Harrisburg Magazine Reader Poll more than 20 times. 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.

Cocoa Beanery

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.

Locations: Hummelstown (Research Blvd.) | Hershey LodgeSM (University Blvd.)

The Cocoa Beanery

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 sweet treat. Arrive hungry, and maybe stick around for lunch!

Café Fresco

Cafe Fresco Outdoor Dining

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.

The Vegetable Hunter

Delicious vegan options to start the day! Pick up a Sunflower Sausage Breakfast Bagel and a Coconut Brown Sugar Latte with steamed non-dairy milk and coconut syrup. Maybe grab an Iced Café Latte and a vegan cupcake or donut. The Vegetable Hunter is a also a great spot for lunch, dinner, and vegan craft beer.

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