Locals share their top picks so you can get a taste of the ‘burbs one sip at a time.
We hear you — the day doesn’t start until we’ve had our first (or second…or third…) cup of coffee. In the city there are countless options for grabbing an amazing cup of coffee. But good news — if you’re heading to the Westchester suburbs you won’t have to sacrifice that perfect cup. Take a coffee tour of these local coffee shops and cafes and see why they get two thumbs up from your fellow coffee lovers.
#1. Larchmont – Which are the best coffee places and cafes in Larchmont?
Larchmont and Mamaroneck are amazing, family-friendly communities that top must-see lists for many of our clients. Situated on the beautiful Long Island Sound coastline, it’s no surprise that these towns were once escapes for city-dwellers. Here you’ll have tons of on-the-water access, including local splash pads, pools, and beaches. Locals can also enjoy that vacation feel year-round by relaxing at Manor Beach or joining the Larchmont Yacht Club.
Other faves? Espresso Cafeto offers a hip vibe and good food — plus, it’s next to Trader Joe’s so it’s a perfect choice when you are running errands. E-Shot is another chic spot offering tons of natural light, while The Grange has a full breakfast menu, coffee and treats that you can take to the outdoor sidewalk seating. Heads up: both E-Shot and The Grange close in the early afternoon.
#2. Rye – Which are the best coffee places and cafes in Rye?
This coastal town sits about 30 miles north of NYC and has tons of options for active residents to get outside.
When you’re checking out the town, put Poppy’s Cafe and The Granola Bar on your list. Poppy’s has a cute, mom-and-pop feel plus a menu of breakfast favorites and burgers. The Granola Bar is close to the train station and features treats (like avocado toast, smoothies and, of course, granola bowls) plus a great variety of lattes.
#3. Scarsdale – Which are the best coffee places and cafes in Scarsdale?
Scarsdale is another popular community among city families. Expect Tudor-style buildings, top-rated schools, and tons to do throughout the year, from amazing kids’ sports and recreation programs to community events and gatherings.
For those craving a top-notch cup of coffee, our locals love Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe. Order a housemade macaron, scone or Danish pastry and espresso, then find a spot on the outdoor patio to relax.
#4. Bronxville – Which are the best coffee places and cafes in Bronxville?
Young city families are drawn to Bronxville for its top-rated schools and easy commute (it’s just 18 miles from midtown Manhattan). That, though, is just a piece of what this bustling ‘burb offers. There’s a popular Saturday farmers market and tons of outdoor activities, community events, and sports all year long.
When locals want great coffee, many head to Slave To The Grind. This neighborhood spot has been a staple in the community for almost 30 years. Not only can you enjoy fresh pastries and espresso drinks, but you can pick up beans-by-the-pound for your at-home coffee breaks.
#5. Pelham – Which are the best coffee places and cafes in Pelham?
Pelham is another popular family-friendly suburb packed with restaurants, shops, and locally-owned businesses. The schools are also top-rated.
The coffee scene is also great here. Cafe Ammi in North Pelham feels like it belongs in Brooklyn. They source coffee from all over the globe and roast it in small batches. Another local pick? J Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and coffee. It’s close to the Woodland Park Playground, making it a great spot to stop before a playdate.
#6. Ossining – Which are the best coffee places and cafes in Ossining?
Ossining is a Hudson River town that might be familiar to Mad Men fans — the Drapers lived in Ossining. A well-known town for arts, culture, and food, expect everything from galleries to outdoor events and more.
For foodies, check out Main Street — you’ll find global eateries like Aji Limo Peruvian Cuisine and Docas for Portuguese fare. On Saturdays, a farmers market, complete with live music, is held on the corner of Main and Spring Streets.
And for coffee fans? Be sure to check out First Village Coffee. This charming spot features art by local creatives and serves a selection of specialty coffee drinks. On select weekends, a regional chef takes over the kitchen to offer a unique brunch menu.
#7. Armonk – Which are the best coffee places and cafes in Armonk?
Arts, culture, and food are big in Armonk. The Armonk Outdoor Art Show exhibits a variety of fine art, crafts and photography each year, drawing people from around Westchester and beyond, while Main Street is packed with incredible restaurants.
For a quick bite, smoothie or to fill your caffeine fix, locals recommend Tazza Cafe. This spot offers free WiFi and is a favorite for remote workers. Across the street, you’ll find The Bagel Emporium — a six-time winner of the “Best of Westchester” award — where you can also get a coffee or just pick up an NYC-level Everything or Rainbow Bagel.
#8. Rye Brook – Which are the best coffee places and cafes in Rye Brook?
Rye Brook has everything families could ask for, including big city-caliber amenities you wouldn’t expect in a smallish suburb — think boutique fitness studios, top-rated restaurants, and an active recreation department with tons of different programs for the kids.
For coffee, our locals love Lenny’s Bagels. This casual spot has been serving homemade bagels to the community for years. In addition, the menu features hot and iced coffee, build-your-own egg sandwiches and breakfast bowls.
#9. Tarrytown – Which are the best coffee places and cafes in Tarrytown?
The historic town that was once home to the iconic American author Washington Irving of headless horseman fame — so don’t miss out on their next-level Halloween celebrations.
That, though, is just the beginning. This family-friendly suburb offers a great mix of cultural activities for locals to enjoy. Commuters can easily take a Metro-North train to the city and in town, there’s a summer farmers market plus the RiverWalk runs from Pierson Park to Sleepy Hollow.
For coffee, there’s Muddy Waters, which received the “Best Cappuccino” award in 2021 from Westchester Magazine. This inviting space has a bunch of indoor and outdoor seating where you can relax with your fair-trade drink and a pastry. Nearby, you’ll find Coffee Labs, another hot spot serving sustainably sourced coffee that is roasted fresh daily.
#10. Pleasantville and Croton-on-Hudson
Both towns are also home to Black Cow Coffee. Black Cow first opened in Croton in 1995 and later expanded to Pleasantville. This space is known for fostering community, showcasing local art and serving delicious coffee and pastries.
When you check out Katonah, you can’t miss the Katonah Reading Room. This is a beloved space in the community. It’s much more than a coffee shop — although they do have a rotating menu of pastries, snacks, salads and barista drinks. In addition to the edible options, the Reading Room is a full bookstore and market selling gifts, cards and more.
From there, you can take a stroll along Katonah Ave to experience the other local shops and eateries and picture what life might look like if you decide to call this town “home.”
#12. Mt. Kisco
Residents love this walkable town for the amazing local amenities, festivals and hiking trails. As you explore the community, stop into Mimi’s for a latte or matcha. This is a welcoming neighborhood spot that often hosts live music. It’s also close to the train station so if you decide to move to Mt. Kisco, this might become your go-to spot.
Peekskill is a favorite with young professionals who want an artsy town with a city-calibur food scene. The town is also home to public boat launches and private marinas so it’s perfect for families who want to be on the water.
To get a taste of the town, visit Peekskill Coffee House. It’s been in the community for almost 20 years and hosts events like live music and trivia. The menu includes crepes and waffles, plus several gluten-free and vegan options.
This suburb boasts a tight-knit feel with tons of community events throughout the year, from farmers markets to holiday festivals. En route to the station — or wherever your morning takes you — many residents flock to Nutmeg. This cute local café is just a short walk from the Tuckahoe Station. Nutmeg also serves homemade pies, cakes and pastries alongside Joe Coffee — which city families will likely recognize.
It’s important to find the suburb that checks all of your boxes. Ready to narrow down your priorities and find the perfect place for your family? Let’s talk! Schedule your Suburbs Strategy session today.