Warm, breezy September weather is the perfect time for coffee — especially since it’s pumpkin spice latte season. Knowing where the best coffee shops are in Ridgewood, New Jersey is valuable information for the caffeine aficionados of North Jersey. Whether you’re a Ridgewood resident or are taking a trip to this Bergen County town for the day, grabbing a cup of coffee should always be on the agenda. Read on to learn more about each Ridgewood coffee shop, where to find the perfect cup of coffee for your tastes, and more.
As residents know all too well, there are plenty of options for where to get your coffee from in downtown Ridgewood. There are the chains, of course — Dunkin’ and Starbucks — but Ridgewood also boasts a number of independent cafes that serve delicious coffee, lattes, pastries, and more. No matter if you prefer hot or iced coffee, grab-and-go style cafes, or sit-down spots, there is something for every type of coffee drinker in Ridgewood.
Some of Ridgewood’s best cafes have been in business for some time, such as Ridgewood Coffee Company, while others have opened up in the past few years, such as Rey Sol Coffee Roasters. Each shop brings its own unique flavor profile, style, and vibe to downtown Ridgewood.
Without further ado, here is a list of our picks.
American Bulldog Coffee Roasters | 31 N Broad Street
Located on Broad Street right across from the train station, American Bulldog Coffee Roasters is a favorite amongst commuters and day-trippers alike. All the coffee is roasted fresh on the premises, while the baked goods, which focus on organic, gluten-free, and vegan options, are also fresh-baked. With a cozy fireplace and plenty of tables for customers, American Bulldog is a great option for people looking to meet up with friends or sit tight with their laptops to get some work done. In addition to coffee, the drink menu boasts Cortado, Chai, and Matcha lattes, and organic teas.
Date ‘N’ Dog Cafe | 19 W Ridgewood Avenue
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This cafe was created in partnership with a doggy dating app, which was designed as a way for singles to meet + connect while simultaneously having a puppy playdate. At this cozy coffee shop, guests are welcome to bring their pups to sit at outdoor tables, share a cup of coffee, and connect with others. It serves up toasts, sandwiches, juices, salads, and more. when it comes to beverages, it has a rainbow of colorful lattes (simply called green latte, blue latte, pink latte, etc), a variety of teas, and the usual brews. There’s also matcha on the menu.
Rey Sol Coffee Roasters | 22 Chestnut Street
Rey Sol Coffee Roasters, located on Chestnut St, is a new addition to the coffee scene in downtown Ridgewood. Opening in November 2020, Rey Sol boasts fresh coffee from Colombia, which the owners import from their own farm in Balboa Risaralda, Colombia. Visiting Rey Sol isn’t just about the coffee, though, as the chic decor makes popping in for a cup of joe an experience for customers. Rey Sol offers a number of delicious food items, as well, including empanadas, avocado toast, pan de Bono, and more.
Ridgewood Coffee Company | 90 E Ridgewood Avenue
A longtime staple of downtown Ridgewood, Ridgewood Coffee Company is a classic cafe with many loyal customers. Located in the heart of downtown Ridgewood, this cafe is often named the best of the best. Boasting a cozy, no-frills vibe, Ridgewood Coffee Company is a lowkey spot perfect for cozying up with your favorite book or enjoying a nice chat with a friend.
Sook Pastry | 24 S Broad Street
When you’re looking for a relaxing place to enjoy a post-dinner coffee or cappuccino with a delicious pastry, Sook Pastry on Broad Street is the place to be. Open for just over a decade, Sook is a reliable spot for many Ridgewood locals. It’s both family-friendly and a great spot to bring a date. This French-inspired cafe offers pastries, cakes, crepes, and breakfast sandwiches alongside their coffee beverages.
Pierre & Michel Authentic French Bakery | 38 E. Ridgewood Avenue
Another French-inspired cafe, Pierre & Michel Authentic French Bakery opened in Ridgewood back in 2018. This is the second Bergen County location of the cafe and bakery, with the first located in Elmwood Park. The chefs and co-owners are both from Paris and trained at Lenôtre and the four-star Hotel Concorde Lafayette before opening their business in the states, according to NorthJersey.com. This cafe has a lot of seating, as well, making it a great place to sip (or dine) in.
White Maple Cafe | 47 E Ridgewood Avenue
If you’re in the mood to sit back, relax ,and enjoy a nice meal while sipping on your coffee, White Maple Cafe is a great option. Though more of a restaurant than a true coffee shop, White Maple Cafe’s coffee is worth dining-in for. They serve breakfast every weekday morning, while on weekends they have a popular brunch menu.
No matter which Ridgewood coffee shop you visit next, you can’t go wrong with so many options available to you.