Cafes in Laurel

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Clients then down the nutritious drinks during one- or three-day juice cleanses and five-day full detoxes. The programs cater to people who need a structured regimen but who may be too busy to create their own plan. The juices have been said to flood the body with hydration, flush out toxins, and encourage weight loss while promoting satiation.

7801 West Broad Street
Henrico,
VA
US

Sandwich eaters, coffee lovers, and music enthusiasts rejoice: Ashland Coffee & Tea has managed to artfully meld all three under one cozy roof. The intimate space hosts a regular lineup of musical guests every Tuesday–Sunday, showering listeners with sounds of bluegrass, folk, and jazz players, who have all vowed to never break into a cappella karaoke versions of The Macarena. Performers and guests can strike a pose with their drink mugs for a fun "mug shot" photo session. Guests can feel free to bring a book to swap for another at the on-site book exchange, or grab a sandwich, omelet, or milkshake from the café menu throughout the day. A variety of coffee drinks are also available, or sippers can build a customized tea at the stocked tea bar.

100 N Railroad Ave
Ashland,
VA
US

Inspired in every way by the culture of Italy, Caffespresso celebrates the arts. Baristas steam up delicious espresso drinks with intricate flower or heart designs floating on their surface. Cooks grill delicious paninis or toss savory salads and artfully pair them with Italian wines or a delicious pastry for dessert. The owners bedeck every inch of the wall in framed photos and paintings, and musicians set the air aquiver with their acoustic stylings.

For those interested in delving further into the coffeehouse's Italian roots, the venue also hosts language classes and travel seminars. Visitors can even request an Italian board game to play at their table as they listen to music or gobble up warm cookies.

1127 Gaskins Road
Henrico,
VA
US

A gathering place for both children and parents, Cartwheels & Coffee sows the seeds of neighborhood camaraderie with its multi-purpose recreational facility. Inside, an enclosed play area entertains children aged six and under with interactive fun, and a separate section keeps babies captivated with age-appropriate toys. Meanwhile, parents can kick back alongside each other in the Wi-Fi-equipped cafe and sip on locally roasted cups of coffee or recharge with other items from the menu. Special events throughout the week provide a change of pace to normal activities, including singing sessions on Mondays and dance classes on Wednesdays.

2820 W Cary St
Richmond,
VA
US

GlobeHopper Coffeehouse & Lounge offers a space where the community can congregate to exchange culture and sip strong espresso. The menu offers a myriad of both caffeinated concoctions and liquored libations, starting with its cup of coffee ($1.65), solely served in the superior French-press technique. Choose between piping hot or Antarctica cold espresso selections, including the café latte ($3.35) and the tiramisu icespresso ($3.50). Complement coffee with 15 of GlobeHopper's signature poffertjes ($3.95), a homemade miniature Dutch pastry that's dusted with powdered sugar, bedecked in a butter curl, and served hot from the oven. Dionysuses can unwind after a long day of solving Eleusinian Mysteries with a glass of red or white wine ($6+) or a selection from GlobeHopper's assortment of international beers ($3+). The crème-de-menthe-infused Hot Schnocolate ($7) soothes sore throats, whereas the Caramel Scotch Cappuccino ($7.50) perks taste buds up in their tongue seats. A bevy of breakfast and lunchtime bites are also available, with muffins, flatbread sandwiches, and wraps making culinary cameos.

2100 East Main Street
Richmond,
VA
US

Rostov's has been giving Virginians their morning jolt since 1979, roasting all its coffee beans fresh daily using its very own Jabez-Burns 1940s roaster. Rostov's usually has around 50 breeds of buzz-beans in stock for your caffeinated consumption, such as the rich mocha java ($10.25/lb.), the flavorful Seville orange ($11.25/lb.), and the intensely robust French roast ($11/lb.). Prices fluctuate slightly based on current market values. Rostov's can also fill your mug with about 60 strains of loose-leaf tea, which cover a rainbow of greens, blacks, whites, reds, and herbals. Traditional English breakfast tea ($9/lb.) begs to be served with crumpets and dry wit, and shares shelf space with more exotic concoctions, such as a green tea with roasted rice. The decaf Richmond blend features black tea ($14/lb.), blending cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves into a one-way ticket to total bliss, minus the grueling layover in Insomnia.

1618 W Main St
Richmond,
VA
US