Top 3 quiet coffee shops in Charlottesville, VA

For the unlucky few in summer school, here are the best spots to catch up on reading, homework and studying for exams.
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by Emily Butler
July 6, 2015

Quiet spots to study can be hard to come by in a college town, especially during the hectic weeks of finals. Libraries, on-grounds cafes and popular study spots on the Corner are buzzing with students. These three coffee shops provide students with an off-campus option for individual or group studying, a delicious bite to eat, and some of the best coffee in Charlottesville.

Milli Joe

This new spot located toward downtown on Preston Ave has quickly become a local favorite for its comfortable and convenient study tables as well as its incredible coffee, tea and food options. Its cool, spacious atmosphere makes Milli Joe an excellent spot to meet a friend or to study for your hardest final. Their house special, a Brie, apple and honey waffle, is everyone’s favorite. Their espresso and their macchiato are popular drink choices. Make sure you stop by their cheese counter and chocolate bar to sample artisanal cheeses and chocolates with the help of a local expert!

Shenandoah Joe’s

Shenandoah Joe’s is a long-time Charlottesville favorite for coffee-lovers. Also located on Preston Ave, it is a quick 2-minute drive from the University and is another popular study or hang out spot. Many locals argue this is the best cup of coffee in Charlottesville, maybe even Virginia. Cozy couches, aromas of fresh ground coffee, and friendly baristas give Shenandoah Joe’s a very pleasant atmosphere.

Hot Cakes

Hot Cakes is the place to go if you’re in search of a place to study as well as a place to have a full meal. They offer appetizers, specialty entrees, pastries and desserts that can be eaten at the café or taken to go. Hot Cakes offers a comfortable place to enjoy some of Charlottesville’s finest foods as well as to catch up on reading or studying. Make sure to try their delicious pumpkin muffin! It is the perfect guilt-free study snack.

By Emily Butler