While Starbucks and Dunkin’ are always a great choice, there are a ton of small coffee shops around downtown State College. Here’s a list of some of VALLEY’s favorite local coffee shops that you should definitely visit next time you’re craving some caffeine.
Good Day Café
An initiative of Strawberry Fields, Good Day Café is staffed with adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Serving coffee, tea and espresso drinks, as well as breakfast and lunch items, Good Day Café is located on Hamilton Avenue, just a few blocks from downtown State College. For a chocolate-treat, try their gluten-free brownie or a mug of warm hot chocolate.
Crust and Crumb Café
Crust and Crumb, an artisan-inspired café, change their pastry menu daily and seasonally, but their food has a consistent, high-quality theme across the board. Located on Beaver Avenue, it doesn’t have much indoor seating, but the specialty lattes and iced coffees definitely make up for it. Try the lavender vanilla latte or the oat-toffee crunch iced coffee for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up!
Rothrock Coffee is located a little further outside of downtown State College, on South Atherton Street. It offers specialty coffee, a food menu with a variety of toasts, paninis and muffins, and other drinks like tea and smoothies. Rothrock Coffee’s dining area makes for a great study spot to get ahead on papers and other assignments.
At Saint’s Café, located on Beaver Avenue, you can grab a coffee, tea, or pastry and enjoy it in their cozy dining area. On a nice day, you can even study on their outdoor seating on the sidewalk and on the side of the building! Their chai lattes and cappuccinos make it the perfect spot to chat with friends.
Sowers Harvest Café
Located on East Beaver Avenue, Sowers Harvest Café prides itself on its quality, local and ethically-sourced ingredients. More than just coffee and pastries, the café also serves both breakfast and lunch! Try one of their homemade soft pretzels, or visit on a Thursday to sample one of their four signature burgers.
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