Five must-go places for the best coffee in the ‘Burg

Story by Rachel Mendelson and Danielle Ruble

Photos by Rachel Mendelson


Searching for a new place to study? Maybe looking to expand outside of the Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts route for your coffee? Check out these locations for your coffee cravings.


Black Sheep Coffee

If you’re looking for a cool hangout spot with strong coffee, head to Black Sheep Coffee. Located in the Ice House in Downtown Harrisonburg, this mid-priced cafe offers breakfast items including our favorite: bacon, egg and cheese on a flakey biscuit.

By & By

When you need more than just a cup of coffee for your afternoon slump, head to the By & By in Downtown Staunton for a tasty selection of sandwiches and Paninis. We enjoyed the Italian Panini, which tasted great with our iced coffees.

Court Square Coffee

Need a quick coffee fix? Stop by Court Square Coffee on the corner of East Market and South Main Street to grab some caffeine to go. This small, to-go coffee shop is full service, offering all of your favorite coffee drinks. Customers can text or call in their order and have it waiting for them when they pull up curbside.

Heritage Bakery

While the only coffee they serve is drip coffee, we couldn’t leave Heritage Bakery in Harrisonburg off our list of favorites. This mother-daughter duo bakes their pastries fresh daily, alternating different sweets throughout the week that are sure to turn you into a Heritage Bakery regular.

Staunton Coffee and Tea

Staunton Coffee & Tea is a cozy cafe that you could easily spend hours in. The large windows give you a view of South New Street and life in downtown Staunton. We recommend a warm apple Danish or a toffee nut flavored latte to go with the view.