Winter Days Call for Warm Brews—Maplewood Has You Covered

So, you’ve made it past the official shortest and darkest day of 2017—December 21—but the January and February promise more cold and seemingly dark days ahead. Hot coffee and warm tea can bring a smile to your face, and Maplewood, New Jersey has plenty of cafes to brighten your day. Here are some great places to check out this winter when warm brews and cozy feels are in order.


Village Coffee Shop
164 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ · (973) 762-6660
Facebook: /villagecoffee164

When you stop in this shop, the hardest decision you will have to make is which of the dozens of drinks will satisfy you on a given day. Flavored Lattes include banana mocha, chocolate coconut, vanilla almond, white chocolate amaretto, chocolate peanut butter, mint chocolate, and ginger spice, to name a few. Various flavors of hot chocolate and chai are also on the menu, as well as breakfast foods, soups, salads, and sandwiches in case you need some food with your drink.



Located on the ground level of Clarus Maplewood, steps to transit and Maplewood Village, Starbucks does what Starbucks does.  Need we say more? Expect new hot and cold Starbucks sensations in 2018.


Rockn’ Joe
63 Main St, Millburn, NJ · (973) 232-5458

Offering its private label, award-winning brew, Rock ‘n’ Joe blends specialty coffees and sandwiches with rock music and memorabilia. Today’s customers enjoy a modern coffee bar design, with quality artisan drinks and music brewing in the décor and air. This is the place to experience the signature blend that received the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Golden Cup award. 


The Able Baker
187 Maplewood Ave Maplewood, NJ 07040 · (973) 313-1133

New Jersey Patch reveals this place boasts the best coffee, best cookies and best special occasion cakes, baked with love by Julie and her staff. The buttercream is to die for and their designs are adorable. It’s also quite the “scene” in Maplewood.


Palmer’s Sweetery & Cafe
1 Highland Pl Maplewood, NJ 07040 · (973) 378-2027

A cozy place in the heart of Maplewood, this café offers pastries and coffee, a nice pairing when the weather outside is frightful.


Village Wine Shop

Okay, so this is not a coffee shop, but a hot toddy to take home for a relaxing evening in front of the fireplace may be the answer some people are looking for at the end of a blustery winter day. Located in Maplewood Village, Village Wine Shop offers a superior experience in shopping for high quality wine. Follow the shop on Facebook.


In addition these four shops, Maplewood offers a few more great places for warm drinks and light fare to check out this winter. Espresso Gourmet is located at 7 Tower Dr., Maplewood, NJ 07040. Cedar Ridge Cafe & Bakery is located at 410 Ridgewood Rd., Ste 2 Maplewood, NJ 07040.

And Island Life Cafe located in South Orange has an interesting Facebook that details flavors and events. Follow them here