Every once in a while, I enjoy taking a break from the McIntire study rooms and heading to a local coffee shop to refuel, chat with friends, or get some schoolwork done. Of course, Charlottesville has a Dunkin Donuts and a Starbucks, but I was pleasantly surprised by the number of local coffee shops that cater to students. Here are some of my favorites:
Para Coffee is located on the Corner which makes it a very convenient option for McIntire students. This dual-level coffee shop offers a lot of cozy study space and very unique pastry and coffee menus. They source their beans locally and specialize in permutations of the traditional coffee drink. You can even get your coffee with goat’s milk! I’m always impressed by the music selection throughout the shop.
Milli Joe has coffee-making down to a science. They specialize in drip, pour over, and siphon coffee with many different beans from which to choose. Some of the machines look industrial and certainly make a mean cappuccino. The space is large, with different varieties of couches, seats, and tables spread throughout the shop. Milli Joe also features delicious gelato flavors, and local, artisanal chocolate and cheese offerings. The helpful staff is always willing to offer free samples — I probably had too many free samples of chocolate when I visited.
Mudhouse is conveniently located on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall with ample outdoor seating (great people
watching) and a cozy atmosphere in the shop. The décor at Mudhouse is my favorite of any study spot in Charlottesville; rustically colored walls adorned with vibrant artwork and mirrors and granite countertops. It looks like something out of Architectural Digest. The staff is very attentive and quick to recommend their favorite drinks. Yes, seating is occasionally hard to come by, but if you manage to snag a spot you’ll have a great afternoon.
Written by Johnny Vroom