Clark Gable famously said he never laughed, until he’d had his coffee. Keep things jovial with a cup of joe from one of New Hampshire’s finest coffee houses. From slick city locations to homey, country spaces, there is no shortage of quality caffeine providers in the Granite State. Whether you bring a date, a book, or just your own polite company, there’s something for everyone on our list of top New Hampshire coffee shops.
Breaking New Grounds is often cited as the best coffee shop in New Hampshire, and it’s no mystery as to why. A wide variety of beans, roasted on site, and served outside during warmer weather. On chilly days, snag a seat by the massive roaster for a seriously cozy experience. Feel like a local no matter where you call home with a cup of java and one of their incredible baked goodies.
Coffeeberries storefront may be little, but their dedication to quality and fair-trade products is mighty. Enjoy carefully sourced New England and national favorites in an environment that will have you feeling like family. If you visit in the fall, be sure to try their Harvest Moon Cider, apple cider with pumpkin syrup. In colder months, indulge in a Java Cooler or frozen hot chocolate. If you’re feeling peckish, try a cake pop from local bakery Cupcakes 101.
Crackskull’s Coffee and Books prides itself on being “where Newmarket finds community and caffeine.” Quality coffee, an opportunity to browse, buy, and sell your own used books, and fun events help fulfill this commitment. An acoustic open mic night on the second Tuesday of every month, and a “prose, poetry, and all things made of words” open mic on the first Tuesday are favorites of neighbors and local students alike. Grab a book or a friend and enjoy a cozy afternoon at Crackskull’s.
A spacious, relaxed space serving up seriously good coffee and vibes. Ristretto espresso and quality add ins, along with on tap cold brew, are favorites as well as the breakfast and lunch selections. If you don’t need such a caffeine boost, try the decadent drinking chocolate or an ice tea latte. If you plan on enjoying your goods in store, pick one of their records to play over the system and feel like one of the gang.
Grab something delicious to sip on and browse some local art, or enjoy exquisite noshes and chat with a hip barista. Adelle’s Coffee House in Dover feels like your own living room, if you had an extensive collection of quality coffee and tea at your disposal at all times. Regular game nights and other community events underscore the local vibes of Adelle’s, and their unique offerings raise the bar even more. Try “A Darkness,” 24 ounces of caffeine craziness made with concentrated Mexican cold brew and two shots of iced espresso if you really want to fly, or one of the made to order sodas like the impossibly refreshing “Citrus Splash” if you prefer to remain more grounded. Memorialize your visit with one of the uber cool Adelle’s t-shirts or hoodies for sale.
With two Concord locations, True Brew Baristas has become a city mainstay. Ranked “Best Bar for Local Music” by the Hippo Press four years in a row, True Brew is also committed to promoting local musicians, both with their Thursday “All Ages, All Originals” open mic night, and Friday and Saturday events of local bands playing for the 21+ set. The True Brew Crew takes its java as seriously as it’s jams, and offers quality tea and coffee drinks alongside 24 types of beer on tap, a selection with constant rotation. Try one of their incredible specialty lattes, or grab a famous “Barista Ball,” a donut hole sized wonder of a protein/health goodie available all day, along with a solid food selection including panini and warm Bavarian pretzels.
The Coffee Station isn’t so much a coffee shop as a coffee hut, but earns its place on this list as a longtime favorite of Newmarket locals. What is incredible about this tiny treasure is the incredibly bold flavored coffees achieved amazingly without any flavored syrups but rather through the roasting and brewing process. Be prepared to wait up to 20 minutes for a beverage because of this spot’s wild popularity!
Frontside Coffee receives only shipments of green, unprocessed beans, and then transforms them into roasts of incredible quality and flavor. Try the maple latte, sweetened with local maple syrup, and one of the outstanding bagel sandwiches. Grab a bag of their house-roasted beans for a thoughtful gift that supports both local roasters and international coffee farmers.
Whether you prefer French Press, Aeropress, Siphon, Hario V60, Eva Solo, Clever Dripper, Beehouse, or Chemex brewed coffee, Dover’s Flight Coffee Co. is the place for you. For the ultimate purist, they also offer a pour over coffee bar. Study, chat, or grab some solo time in a comfortable, beautiful atmosphere, and be sure to try the Avocado & Tomato Grilled Cheese if you start to feel peckish.
With locations in Portsmouth and Eppings, Popovers on the Square serves delicious coffee, but what warrants a visit are the truly American, truly scrumptious popovers. Enjoy them as the vessel of tasty breakfast sandwiches, or simply dressed with maple butter. If you’re looking for something a bit stronger than a cup of joe, check out the very tasty Popover’s Bloody Mary.