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Atlas Coffee
2206 B Fontaine Ave

A new coffee shop next to Guadalajara restaurant. Not open at night.

Bodo's Bagel Bakery Student Favorite
1418 Emmet St. 977-9598
505 Preston Ave. 293-5224
1609 University Ave. (Corner) 293-6021

Take out or eat in; be prepared to stand in line. All kinds of bagels, cream cheese flavors, sandwiches, salads, and soups.

Para Coffee / Café Cubano
112 W. Main St. (Downtown Mall; also branches in Plan 9 and at the UVA Hospital)

Grilled sandwiches, burritos, salads. Now serving wine, beer, and desserts at night. No credit cards.

Calvino Cafe
408 W. Main St.

This is one of Charlottesville's newest coffee shops, located in the Main Street Market. The market is a destination spot, featuring a bakery, fish market, meat market, restaurant, gourmet foods shop, florist and chocolate shop.

C-ville Coffee
1301 Harris St. (near Route 250 East, across the street from the tennis courts.)

Standard coffee-house beverages, baked goods, deli sandwiches featuring Boar's Head brand meats, and Asian noodle bowls. Sandwiches include the "Relished Beef" with roast beef, onion relish, cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo and lettuce on an olive oil baguette and the "Turkey Lurkey" with smoked turkey, goat cheese spread, cucumbers, red onion, and sprouts on sourdough. Popular place to study. Has back room with a corner featuring kids' books and games. Free Wi-Fi.

Dunkin' Donuts
1509 University Ave.

Located on the Corner, and open 24 hours. Shares space with Baskin Robbins.

Greenberry's Student Favorite
1049 Emmet St. (Barracks Road Shopping Center)

Popular spot for law students. Coffee, baked goods. There's also a branch in the Law School and Alderman Library.

Grit Coffee
(434) 293-4412
19 Elliewood Ave

Hoo's Brews and More
2211 JPA (behind Durty Nelly's)

Hot Cakes
1137 Emmet St. (Barracks Road Shopping Center, between CVS Pharmacy & Rebecca's)

Serves a full range of coffee, desserts and other gourmet foods. Offers a student membership card, featuring a special promotion each month.

Java Java
421 E. Main St. (on the Downtown Mall)

Serves fair-trade, organic coffee all the time, in addition to numerous baked goods, including the gluten-free variety.

La Taza Coffee House
296-TAZA (8292)
407-B Monticello Road (Belmont)

Outdoor seating area for warmer weather. Caribbean decor. Breakfast sandwiches and some Latin-themed lunch/dinner dishes and side dishes.

Mermaid Express
2121 Ivy Road (Inside Foods of All Nations)

Mudhouse Student Favorite
213 W. Main St. (Downtown Mall)
3455 Seminole Trail (located inside the Forest Lakes Exxon)
1345 Parham Circle (located inside the Mill Creek Market Exxon)
2401 Ivy Road (located inside the Bellair Market Exxon)

Fresh-squeezed juice, coffee, tea, baked goods, sandwiches, and soups. Sometimes the downtown mall location has live music.

Panera Bread
1121 Emmet St. N. (Located inside Barrack's Road Shopping Center)

National chain that offers sandwiches, soups, baked goods and coffee drinks.

Revolutionary Soup Faculty Fave (Note that the website lists all the soups they make, but not necessarily what’s available on a given day.)
108 Second St. SW (side street off Downtown Mall)

Delicious soups made daily, sandwiches, and salads. From the Washington Post: "Besides the prices, there's nothing cheap about the food at Rev Soup, as the locals affectionately call it. The tofu in the signature spicy Senegalese peanut soup is organic and local, made just 30 miles away in Louisa. The wheat for the homemade biscuits is grown in Virginia and ground at Byrd Mill in Ashland. And diners can pick from an impressive selection of wine bottles for sale at retail prices — and then open and drink the wine at one of the cafeteria-style tables at no extra cost."

Shenandoah Joe's Student Favorite
945 Preston Ave.
2214 Ivy Road

Local roaster's own coffee shop. Sells organic, Fair Trade coffee from South America, Central America and Africa.


The ubiquitous chain is found inside Barnes & Noble at Barracks Road, inside Harris Teeter at Barracks Road, 1601 University Ave.(near the Corner), 1521 Seminole Trail (next to Radio Shack), 1980 Rio Hill Center (inside Kroger at Rio Hill), inside Target on 29 North, at the center of Fashion Square Mall and 1986 Abbey Road (Near Giant on Pantops 250 E).

Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
414 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall)

Lunch specials. Large selection of teas from all over the world; also has occasional performances and hookahs.


Virginia Law Families Tip:

C'Ville Coffee has a large back room with a corner featuring kids books and games. Good place for parents to relax while kids entertain themselves. In addition to standard coffee-house beverages and baked goods, they offer a full line of deli sandwiches featuring Boar's Head brand meats and now offer oriental noodles from 5 p.m. until closing each day.


"For a peaceful place to study and have your coffee too, Java Java in the Townside Shopping Center next to Arch's on Ivy Road is your best choice. Clean and simple decor with wireless access and good background music provides a pleasant setting to focus on serious reading or writing a paper. Frequented by many professors from Central Grounds, it's a cheery place without being too noisy.The main downside is that Java Java closes every day at 6 p.m."

"Greenberry's in the Barracks Road Shopping Center meanwhile is a bustling place where you are surely going to see someone you know if you sit there long enough. The baristas serving up the fabulous coffee are always friendly and helpful and move along the lines that form during busy times. The pastry case displays a wide variety of baked goods to reward yourself with for tackling your Property or Federal Courts reading. While it can be difficult to find a table and the wireless connection can be spotty when the cafe is busy, it’s easy to see why Greenberry’s draws so many loyal customers, both students and community members."

—The Law Weekly (Jan. 2006)


Restaurants come and go. To get the latest on Charlottesville restaurants, see the list in the back of
C-Ville Weekly
, (Dining website) or check out, which offers surveys and rankings of local restaurants.

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