ROC City Guide: Best Places to Get a Coffee

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As much as Rochester is a beer town, we're also a caffeinated city. Everybody needs to know where to get their coffee. This is a FACT. 

It's probably the reason we can go out late and enjoy a great beer or two, and be up and at 'em the next morning. Luckily, we have plenty of options. 

Here are the Best Places to Get a Coffee in this city. 

1872 Cafe

Mayor's Heights

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431 W. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14608

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Boulder Coffee

South Wedge & Public Market

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100 Alexander Street
Rochester, NY 14620

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Cafe Sasso

Park Ave

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739 Park Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

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Fifth Frame Brewing

St. Paul Quarter

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155 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Fuego Coffee Roasters

Center City & Public Market

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1 Woodbury Blvd
Rochester, NY 14607

280 Union St. N (Public Market)
Rochester, NY 14609

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Glen Edith Coffee Roasters

Park Ave & NOTA

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23 Somerton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

44 Elton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Java's Cafe

Eastman Theatre + multiple locations

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Downtown Location:
16 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

NOTA

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1344 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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New City Cafe

Beechwood

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441 Parsells Ave
Rochester, NY 14609

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Spot Coffee

East End + multiple locations

200 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

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Starry Nites Cafe

NOTA & Center City

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696 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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Soul Coffee & Jazz

NOTA/Village Gate

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274 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Ugly Duck

Center City

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89 Charlotte Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Village Bakery & Cafe

Culver Armory + multiple locations

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145 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14620

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10 Things To Do Around The Jazz Fest

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This is downtown. It's in a transition...Welcome. It's where we live, where we do business, and where we spend a good deal of our time. Naturally, we have a great affinity for the neighborhoods in it and the great stuff happening all around.

Without exception, the annual Jazz Fest provides us with an opportunity to showcase some of downtown's best - and some of our favorites! - to the nearly 200,000 visitors coming from all over the country and the world to see one of the most popular and well respected music festivals. We'd even bet that most locals wouldn't know half this stuff...so while you're in downtown during the next week and a half, here are 10 things you need to check out in and around the Jazz Fest to fully take advantage of a city that has recently awakened.

1. Get a caffeine boost

You want to spend entire days enjoying some of the best jazz and you need a pick-me-up? The East End has you covered. Just about every Jazz Fester knows of Java's because it's right in the heart of everything on Gibbs Street. It's also one of our absolute faves. But so is Spot Coffee on East Ave. And you may just want want to check out recent addition Press Coffee just around the corner on E. Main. And if you're a simple, don't-give-me-that-fancy-stuff type person, then you always now have the new Dunkin' Donuts on East as well. Plenty of options abound.

2. Take a walk through Grove Place

And if you're checking out Press Coffee, take a stroll into the "oldest continually occupied residential neighborhood in Downtown Rochester", that is, the Grove Place neighborhood. This phrase is the neighborhood association's way to distinguish it from Corn Hill, generally considered to be the oldest neighborhood in the city. We love Grove Place because parts of it remind us of Brooklyn and even Greenwich Village in New York - a great little neighborhood with beautiful homes, quirky streets, and their own artistic touches all over.

3. Arena's

Do some shopping in the neighborhood while you're at it. Stop into Arena's to see the latest urban home furnishing fashions and their beautiful and eclectic mix of fresh flowers. Make it a romantic date and purchase some for your loved one - just like the ol' days.

4. See the tranformation

While you're taking a break from all the Jazzy things going on, you may just want to take a stroll over to the living, breathing history museum known as the covering of the Inner Loop. This project is decades in the making, and now the city is finally making it happen. Get pictures while you can and see it for your own eyes because by next year, most of the inner loop in the East End will be covered - and just a faint memory.

5. A festival within a festival

We've said this many times before - get over to Hart's Grocers. Partly because we know the Rochester consumer is an expert grocery critic, partly because the people are so nice, but mostly because it's an experience in and of itself. Hungry and looking for a great bite to eat? Check out the Hart's Kitchen with a special Jazz Festival Menu - all items under $8! What city can you go to and that happen!? Oh, and if you're a Club Pass holder, you get a FREE vintage soda with the purchase of a sandwich. Make sure to coordinate your Jazz Fest schedule on Saturday June 20th as there will be a Hart's Vendor Market with FREE samples and tastings - let's call it a festival within a festival!

6. A festival near a festival

Let's call this one a festival near a festival. The Windstream Party in the Park series officially kicked off on Thursday June 18th to the tune of hundreds of outdoor concert enthusiasts at the MLK Jr. Memorial Park, a few steps away from the Jazz Fest action. The next one is on June 25th. The best part is that to experience all the bands and music, tickets are only $5. Again, a little coordination with your Jazz Fest schedule could net you a ton of great music for the evening - and a fun urban experience in our city.

7. Good eats

There will be amazing food all over the Jazz Festival this year. Vendors and the food trucks will be set up to provide those quick bites to attendees. East End Pizza and Deli is a recent addition on East Ave next to Dunkin' Donuts and boasts bar hours - until 2am-ish - Wednesday-Saturdays (other days until 11pm). But what about if you're looking to take a load off your feet and just enjoy the sights, buzz, and energy of the neighborhood? That's when you'll want to check out Aunt Rosie's, Vive, Tournedos or Golden Port Restaurant. And may we suggest taking a slight walk towards Main Street - head over to the brand new Hilton Garden Inn Downtown where you'll find the restaurant Drifters L.B. This is a casual dining experience with an upscale feel - and tour the lobby of the new hotel while you're there - and see the beginnings of our Main Street transformation with your own eyes.

8. Cool off with dessert

If you're bringing the kids and/or you're looking to cool off during these hot summer days, stop into Yogen Fruz - if you can find it amongst the crowd. Sitting directly across the street from Java's Cafe on Gibbs Street, we challenge you to find the entryway as the Jazz Street Stage will pack Gibbs street to the max for the FREE daily shows. When you do find it - you can rest assured - it will be well worth the effort. You can never go wrong with pistachio flavored froyo.

9. RoCo

Feeling all jazzy and now you're in an artistic mood? Then stop by the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, better known as RoCo to see the current exhibitions, especially the popular 6x6 campaign now in its 8th year. Only $2 admission for non-members, RoCo stays open until 11pm every day of the Jazz Fest to accomodate the crowds. DO NOT MISS: a production brought to us by Brooklyn-based Creative Art Director Haywood Hawkes - "Cubes: A Visual Exploration of Possibility" - FREE outdoor performance by Alexander Green, a Rochester-raised artist, on Sunday June 21st on the grounds of Christ Church next to RoCo.

10. The Little Theatre 

Maybe the crowds and the heat are too much at times for you, or you're just waiting to pass some time before the next show. Take advantage of this gem on East Avenue with air conditioning and peace and quiet - The Little Theatre. Playing a mix of indie and foreign films (with some blockbusters as well), these are going to be unique films you won't get out at Tinseltown or Cinemark. Hungry and thirsty for more? The Little Cafe has drinks, desserts, and even its own selection of live music at various times - and The Little is also partnered again this year with Selena's Mexican Restaurant (during the Jazz Fest) to offer a refreshing oasis at the South-of-the-Border-style Sangriaville.


Even if you're not a fan of Jazz, there is so much for everyone to enjoy around the Festival. DO NOT MISS - Cubes performance on Sunday June 21st! Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.

Rochester…runs on Dunkin'?

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Dunkin' Donuts

It certainly seems that Rochester has a love affair with coffee. You may have noticed more than a few caffeine-beverage shops open up in the last year or so in our city. Well certainly Dunkin' Donuts has taken notice. You know of their delicious treats and hot beverages that people worldwide crave. Recently spotted in two separate sections of downtown, are signs of pending DD locations ready to open up or at least have the location ready for work.

Dunkin-Donuts-State This one on the corner of State and Church Streets is right down the way from City Hall. Word on the street is that the store could be open and operating by the end of this week (7/14/14) if all goes well.

Dunkin-Donuts-East This is a location near RoCo on East Ave and on the same side of the street. Smack dab in the middle between two local powerhouse coffee shops, Java's at Gibbs Street and Spot on East, DD is going right after the market of Eastman students and professionals in a neighborhood that is healthy and thriving.

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A Dunkin' Donuts on every corner like Boston or New York? We may not there quite yet, but the international chain with over 11,000 stores has obviously taken note of Rochester's recent uptick in activity and wants to capitalize.

Time to make the DONUTS! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Founders Cafe: sneak peek inside

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front-entrance-academy-buildingIt wasn't too long ago that we had written our first post about the progress coming along at George Traikos' beautiful and historic Academy Building in Center City. Now, the apartments have been built, residents have been filling up the loft spaces, and our city keeps getting more vibrant, day by day. But admittedly, we were mistaken about one major detail in our previous post - there will not be a Yogen Fruz store that occupies a good amount of first floor space in the building. Instead, welcome to Founders Cafe!

Founder's Cafe Entrance Come inside for a sneak peek into this newly opened cafe that pays tribute to the man who's namesake has given us an identity for the past 200 years or so -

Founder's wall - and to the ones who have made their mark throughout our city's history.

Founder's Nathaniel Rochester You can't miss the digital reproduction of Nathaniel Rochester overlooking the main seating area, and, if you compare closely to the original picture (Google it!), you'll notice that the owners have given Mr. Rochester a much needed face-lift so he looks a tad bit younger and not-so-grumpy in this space.

seating-founders Founders offers plenty of seating and table space to sit with a lunch, a good latte, or even with all of that work you've been meaning to tackle.

Founder's seating There is also bar-style seating to keep more private -

Founder's Lights - and a room full of decor that adds to the sense of pride and patriotism for Rochester - fireworks anyone?

lunch-at-founders But what it really comes down to is - is it any good? With light-fare offerings that includes sandwiches, paninis, soup, salads, and wraps -

espresso-machine-founders - don't forget the coffees, lattes, espressos, and even smoothies...

…this just might be the next place you try for your lunch hour or break so YOU can make that call.

BONUS: Take advantage of the warm weather by enjoying the city at the Founders' urban patio at the front entrance of the Academy Building. During lunchtime on a beautiful day, there are so many professional and corporate types hustling about that you forget you're in little ol' Rochester…and the people-watchin' comes at no charge. oudoor-patio-foundersseating-outdoor-founders

More Information: Facebook Founders-lunch-menu FREE wi-fi Catering & delivery also available

Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am - 7pm Sat: 9am - 4pm

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Crossroads Cafe: a quick look inside

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Crossroads Cafe Menu

In what used to be Lyjah Wilton's brand of Java Joe's in the heart of downtown, is now owned and operated by a young entrepreneur and coffee enthusiast, Frank Kralis. He has renamed the cafe, Crossroads Café, appropriate for being situated in the Crossroads Building at the corner of Main and State Streets. But until warmer weather shows its face, you just might see the old Boulder signage at the café.

Old Sign at Crossroads Cafe

Coming from the corporate world, this is Frank's first plunge into the café world. He is selling Boulder coffee and other local products (including tea and light fare), and hopes to give the Tim Hortons across the street some fierce competition.

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We certainly support his efforts in our growing and changing downtown area, and we know that the office and suit-types in and around the Main Street/State Street corner will keep him busy.

More Information: Crossroads Cafe Facebook Page

Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30am-3pm

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