If you’ve been reading my blog for while now, you know how important coffee is to me. We love making cappuccinos at home, but when we’re on the road we don’t just stop at the nearest Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks (even though we do like those occasionally).
Whenever Chris and I explore a new city we are on the hunt for the best coffee shops in town and once we find one - we usually go at least 2 or 3 times depending on how long we are in the city. Thankfully, Virginia Beach did not disappoint.
During our time in Virginia Beach we visited three coffee shops and roasteries that served delicious and smooth cappuccinos (one was close to our experience in Florence, Italy!). Once again thanks to reading through Yelp reviews we were able to find some of the best coffee spots in and around Virginia Beach.
Let’s start with the best first. Three Ships served us the best cappuccino in Virginia Beach. Not only do they make delicious cappuccinos, but they also roast their coffee on site. One sip and we felt like we were back at our favorite coffee bar in Florence, Italy. Not to mention service was fast and friendly as well!
While we were looking for great cappuccino, we also discovered a great breakfast menu as well. All of the items that Three Ships features on their menu are house-made including their delicious, melt in your mouth biscuits. We enjoyed their bacon, egg and cheese biscuits so much that we went back twice.
When you’re near the beach, it’s also nice to have the option to sit outside. We loved their outdoor seating and soaked up some sun while savoring our cappuccinos. If you go to one coffee shop while in Virginia Beach - this is the one to go to!
If you’re looking for a simple cup of coffee or cappuccino and a healthy made to order breakfast, then The Grind is the place to go. The Grind is centrally located near Virginia Beach restaurants and shopping. It’s perfect for grabbing a cappuccino and browsing nearby West Elm gallery.
We loved that we could build our own breakfasts and add ingredients like spinach and avocado to a breakfast sandwich. The staff was really friendly and brought out our orders fast. They make a delicious traditional Macchiato that my husband ordered (and yes - it’s very different from a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato). I stuck with my usual cappuccino and it was delicious each time we visited.
Need a little pick me up at night? We had a hard time finding coffee shops that were open past 6pm in the Virginia Beach area. So we hopped in the car and headed out to the nearby city of Norfolk for an evening cappuccino.
We loved this little coffee shop nestled among brick lined streets. Norfolk reminded us a little of Newport, Rhode Island and I wish we had spent more time exploring the town. Our cappuccinos were delicious - smooth and well made. If we were in town longer I probably would have ordered a cocktail, since Cure is a bar and cafe as well.
This is just the first of our travel diary series starting in Virginia Beach and ending in Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge mountains. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing more about our time in Virginia and why we always come back from our vacations rested and refreshed.