This well-trafficked java joint now has its own roasting plant, in neighboring Bushwick. The well-tipped baristas rarely change; regulars swear by the pumpkin walnut-apple muffin.
A northern branch of the popular Gowanus original, this sunlit café scores with lunch items like a chicken-confit sandwich with bacon jam. Select dry goods, like sea salt and on-theme coffee-table books, round out the old Cape Cod feel.
With its checkerboard floor and stunning floral wallpaper, Norwegian expat Nina Brondmo’s homespun café stands out in a neighborhood of salvage-furnished hangout spots. The design complements delicious baked goods like raspberrypistachio spelt muffins and orange brioche.