A Guide to Montclair’s Best Coffee Shops

For those who have the will to pass on the convenience of Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts to #shopsmall, here is a guide to all of the locally-owned coffee shops in Montclair. We’ve rounded up the coffee options according to menu options, kinds of milk available, baked goods, and of course, ambiance so keep reading for the list of Montclair coffee shops.

Disclaimer: This list is growing, so if you know of one that we missed, email hello@themontclairgirl.com 

Bluestone Coffee {123 Watchung Avenue}

Bluestone Coffee

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You didn’t hear it from us, but word on the street is you might catch Montclair native and celebrity Stephen Colbert stopping by for his AM brew at this local café. Bluestone Coffee is a unique addition to this list as an Australian-owned spot, roasting the beans in-house, which you can even take some to go. It’s rich and strong, which is perfect to fuel your morning. 

Dairy-free milk available: coconut, almond, and soy

Boca Life {113 Watchung Avenue}

Boca Life

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Together, Boca Life and Anechó Coffee provide a space for patrons to not only enjoy specialty coffee drinks and curated small bites but to work collaboratively and gather. BocaLife proudly serves and sells coffee from Passenger Coffee, which is a B Corp.-certified it’s for socially and environmentally conscious efforts. In an effort to support other local business owners, Boca Life also hosts pop-up dinners and showcases. 

Dairy-free milk available: almond and oat   

Coffee + Cornbread {38 Upper Montclair Plaza}

Coffee + Cornbread

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This vegan-friendly, Black-owned café offers delicious organic coffee and hot chocolate in addition to its enticing food menu. Coffee & Cornbread also has a rewards program and a subscription service offering exclusive deals and savings for customers. 

Dairy-free milk available: almond, rice, and oat

Read More: A Guide to the Best BYOB Restaurants in Montclair

Eagle Rock Co. {202 Bellevue Avenue}

Eagle Rock Co.

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Eagle Rock is bringing back the traditional coffee bar with a modern twist. Not only is there free high-speed WiFi, but there are numerous co-working spaces for guests to enjoy. Gather in a group in one of the conference rooms or power through that study session in a dedicated desk all while sipping on an Intelligentsia drip coffee or espresso drink. The shop also hosts Sip + Learn events open to the community and are available for private events. 

Dairy-free milk available: almond and oat

Java Love {244 Bellevue Avenue + 49 Church Street}

Java Love

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Whether uptown or downtown in Montclair, there is a cozy corner to enjoy a cup of joe at Java Love. All the coffee is either organic and/or sustainably farmed, fair trade, or rainforest alliance-certified, which means the best of the best. Java Love also has great seasonal specialty drinks as well as both sweet and savory baked goods. On top of serving customers a daily dose of caffeine, Java Love also serves the surrounding community by hosting coffee classes, live music, game nights, and other events.

Dairy-free milk available: coconut, oat, almond, and soy

Local Coffee {107 Watchung Avenue}

Local Coffee

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Family-owned and operated, Local Coffee is brewing hot beverages and bringing decadent pastries from some of the best vendors throughout New York and New Jersey. All of the coffee is sourced from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, the tea is harvested from Tay Tea, and you can find an assortment of treats from Balthazar Bakery and Granola Lab. The mid-century aesthetic is goals.

Dairy-free milk available: oat, almond, and soy

Mattarello Bakery + Cafe {254 Bellevue Avenue}

Mattarello Bakery

Mattarello’s offers dozens of baked goods and specialty coffees. Some delicious menu items include Nutella bites, ‘St. Joseph’s Cream Puffs’, and gluten-free chocolate Caprese. 

Dairy-free milk available: oat, almond, and soy

Paper Plane {194 Claremont Avenue}

Paper Plane

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The coffee served at Paper Plane has origins over 150 years old beginning on a family farm in the mountains of Colombia. The shop also offers all the classics but also provides a unique selection of pour-over coffees, coffee soda {think cherry-vanilla soda and espresso}, and an entire section of the menu dedicated to science. Yes, science. The drinks found here to experiment with temperatures and complimenting flavors like chocolate, spices, and fruits. Paper Plane takes the traditional coffee break to a whole new level. 

Dairy-free milk options: oat, almond, and soy 

See More: All About The Tea Company Cafe in Montclair

Red Eye {94 Walnut Street}

red eye cafe

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When there’s time to sit down or take a stroll, we recommend doing so with a cup of joe from Red Eye. Located in the heart of Walnut Street, this Montclair staple is brewing organic, fair trade, and rainforest-alliance certified Kobrick coffee and espresso. Try the signature ‘sludge’ made from cold-brewed espresso and cardamom or add organic CBD to any beverage.   

Dairy-free milk options: almond, oat, and soy

The Corner {115 Grove. Street}

The Corner

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This popular brunch and rendezvous spot is serving up all the favorite La Colombe blends, but don’t feel obliged to stay and eat. The coffee bar menu is simple and to the point, however, there is a little secret and it is the draft latte. There will not be any effects of alcohol however, this rich and creamy coffee is coming out of a tap… just give it a shot {pun intended} and it will shake up your routine. This spot also has the cutest Instagram-worthy decor, inside and out.

Dairy-free milk available: almond and soy

Vesta Chocolate {598 Valley Road, Suite 2}

  Vesta Chocolate

Come to revel in endless amounts of chocolate decadence and then stay for the extra caffeine boost from a delicious coffee. The couple behind Vesta Chocolate has served under some of the most prestigious restaurants and brands in the food world and feels strongly about bringing luxury to everyday treats, like chocolate and coffee. Albeit a simple menu, the coffee drinks are rich and work well to compliment all the bonbons, baked goods, and bars. 

Dairy-free milk options: oat

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Gabriela grew up in Bergen County and moved to the Montclair area in 2016 in search of new experiences. She fell in love with the restaurant scene and stayed for the diversity, culture, and entrepreneurial spirit. Outside of her 9-5 as a Construction Operations Manager in Manhattan, you can find her enjoying meals at all her favorite restaurants, jamming out during Nine-Deeez-Nite at Just Jakes, or sitting outside Amanti Vino sipping wine with friends.