5 of the coziest cafes in the Berkshires
The wind might be howling outside, but that just means it's the perfect time of year to grab a warm beverage in a cozy spot with a book or friend.
What makes a coffee spot cozy? Comfortable seating, nourishing beverages (and/or food), inviting atmosphere; a space that welcomes you to sit down, take your time with a warm mug of your favorite beverage for a couple of hours. So put on your comfy sweater, make a date with your closest friend you've been meaning to call and check out some the comfiest and coziest places to grab a coffee or tea in the Berkshires.
Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.dottiescoffeelounge.com
An upper North Street staple, Dottie's Coffee Lounge brings the cozy, as well as the comfort. Proprietress Jessica Rufo curates a locally sourced coffee menu with extensive non-caffeinated options. And while there is a full breakfast and lunch menu available, we have to talk about the sweets! Not only can you pair that latte with a lemon bar, but also a robust Americano with a brownie. While all seats are good seats, the best seats at Dottie's are a set of high-back chairs by the front windows. Sip on a lavender latte while watching life go by in downtown Pittsfield.
The Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main St., West Stockbridge. Wednesday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Tuesday. 413-232-7707, www.facebook.com/ShakerDamCoffeehouse
When you walk into the Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, you are taken into a space inspired by travel, with decor and artifacts from far-off countries and world music in the air. The space is also home to the Stanmeyer Gallery on the second floor; the coffeehouse also features exhibitions from famed photographers from around the world. Enjoy a small selection of baked goods and coffee drinks sourced exclusively from single-origin roaster Counter Culture Coffee. The front area offers some of the coziest seating with a high-back settee and armchairs covered in rich fabrics, surrounding a coffee table with plenty of reading materials. Pick up one of the many beautiful coffee table books, sip on your cappuccino and enjoy the afternoon.
Extra Special Teas, 2 Elm St., Great Barrington. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 413-645-3247, www.extraspecialteas.org
This South County teahouse has cozy written all over it — in fact, it's in a cozy Victorian house! Located in downtown Great Barrington, EST offers plush couches, beaded curtains, bright decor and an extensive tea list that you can explore for an entire afternoon. It offers hot and iced teas by Tiesta Tea and No. Six Depot, bubble tea, as well as baked goods and savory treats. A non-profit that runs day programs for those with intellectual and developmental differences, this spot pairs mission with purpose and is a cozy and welcoming space for everyone.
Starving Artist Cafe & Creperie, 40 Main St., Suite 2, Lee. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.starvingartistcreperie.com, 413-394-5046.
The Starving Artist Cafe & Creperie features an extensive menu that includes an impressive offering of sweet and savory crepes. Get cozy at the cafe at its weekly musical brunch, where you can hear live music from talented local performers while you sip on your cappuccino. The Good Purpose Gallery, associated with CIP (College Internship Program), is in the same building, so make sure to check out the latest exhibition before or after your visit to to the cafe.
Brewhaha, 437 W. Main Street in North Adams. Sunday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Wednesdays. www.cafebrewhaha.com, 413-664-2020
This spot recently relocated from downtown North Adams to the iconic West End Market (yes, the cool building with the art deco facade) and the cafe still remains a cozy spot to spend time in when in North Adams. In addition to offering breakfast and lunch, Brewhaha offers extensive options for espresso drinks, smoothies and shakes, so there are plenty of ways to get caffeinated as well as eat. Best seat in the house is any seat here! I'd grab a spot by the window and enjoy an Americano while reading a book.
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