Coffee Lover's Survival Guide
Travel aficionados know that one of the major drawbacks of constantly changing time zones is the jet lag. So is there anything worse than waking up groggy in a new city when the only known option for coffee is in-room single serve packets, powdered creamer and a no name sugar substitute? The horror! Not to worry, your fearless Newark Glambassador has scoured the city for the very best local stops to get your coffee fix.
The Coffee Cave - Head over to this bohemian arts cafe in the middle of historic Halsey Village for a great cuppa in a stimulating atmosphere. Known to attract an eclectic clientele of students, artists and local professionals, the Cave's best caffeinated drink isn't actually coffee. Instead, try the tasty Vanilla Chai Latte, either hot or iced and sample their standout soups and panini.
T.M. Ward - Get a glimpse of history while you grab a fresh brew! This shop which boasts the title of the oldest coffeehouse in the city, has been roasting coffee beans for customers and corporate clients since 1869. Besides dozens of flavors of amazing coffee, you will also find teas, roasted nuts, dried fruits and chocolate covered goodies that could make the perfect souvenir.
Harvest Table - Prefer your latte dairy free with natural sweetener? Stop by Harvest Table, a local staple specializing in fresh, healthy fare that, according to the New York Times, "calls to mind a just-picked bounty." With options like soy milk and agave/honey sweetener, Harvest Table caters to discriminating palates. For a sweet treat, try the Dirty Chai, a chai latte with shot of espresso.
Spanish Tavern - A Spanish Coffee is a classic winter beverage that is simply divine. A sweet concoction of coffee liqueur (Kahlua), rum, coffee and whipped cream, this after dinner drink doubles as dessert. As a courtesy to travelers, this upscale establishment provides free round trip transportation from all Newark Airport hotels, Sunday through Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm.
Intrinsic Café - If one cup is never enough, sit for a spell at Intrinsic, a cozy casual café in the heart of Newark's University hub that offers bottomless coffee for $5. When the weather is nice, enjoy your coffee with their assortment of hookah in a private outside seating area. Free wifi and inexpensive lunch options make this the perfect place for budget minded travelers.
Zaro's Bread Basket - New eateries continue to upgrade Newark Penn, and Zaro's is no exception. A great place to grab a hot cup of Lavazaa coffee and a warm bagel in between trains, their selection of specialty baked goods will make your mouth water while you wait. On your way to visit friends? Pick up some Black and White Cookies as a host/hostess gift.
Teixeira Bakery - The Ironbound section of Newark is heavily populated with Portuguese nationals who know good coffee, so it follows that its Portuguese cafes are second to none. Visit Teixeira for a shot of their bold espresso, which goes well with either a toasted Portuguese roll with butter or their pasteis de nata (Portuguese egg custard), well known for being the best in the area.
Art Kitchen - The boutique feel and vintage vibe of Art Kitchen makes it a must see on Halsey Street. Meet a friend there for an Americano and a homemade cupcake. Nutella fan? The Banana Nutella Pressed Panini is among their signature sammies. Pro tip: Take a seat in the picture window, the ideal spot for people watching.
Pão de Terra Bakery - For a sampling of local flavor, visit this Portuguese bakery for a galão, a traditional Portuguese coffee served in a tall glass with ¾ foamed milk and ¼ espresso. You won't be able to resist the large selection of fresh pastries, like bolinho de bacalhao (a codfish croquette), pão de água (water bread), pão com chouriço (bread stuffed with Portuguese sausage) and tosta mista (a ham and cheese melt).
Lauren Craig, also known as InaWordFab, is the Glambassador of all things fashion, art and entertainment in Newark. When she isn't busy practicing law or watching reality television, Lauren is devoted to inspiring others to live their most fab and fulfilling life...and world peace. Visit inawordfab.com for more and be sure to follow her life in the fab lane @inawordfab on Twitter and Instagram.