A block down Chapel Street from Atticus, Book Trader Cafe is stuffed with books of many genres, stacked on floor-to-ceiling shelves.
The shop also features an outdoor seating section and employees often wheel a free book cart outside.
“If I need a cozier spot for the day, I like to curl into a corner of Book Trader with a bagel sandwich and coffee,” Eleanor Schoenbrun ’25 said. “It’s especially gorgeous on a rainy day with the glass ceiling.”
Common Grounds is an established name in the region, with seven coffee shops in the New Haven area and an eighth on the way. At the same time, Common Grounds is a newcomer to the blocks surrounding Yale’s campus.
Common Grounds’ two campus locations took over the recently closed Blue State coffee shops on Wall and York Streets, with another opening soon on Orange Street. The shop boasts an extensive menu of coffee and baked goods to enjoy on their unique tree stump tables and also sells an assortment of flavored coffee beans.
G Cafe Bakery
Of G Cafe’s six Connecticut locations, three are housed in New Haven, offering freshly baked pastries at their Ninth Square, Chapel Street and East Rock stores which feature distinctive red leather booths and large windows.
The cafe also runs a stand at the Wooster Square Farmers Market, which often attracts a long line of customers waiting to buy their specialty bread and drinks in their signature pink coffee cups.
Kaiyden’s is located on Chapel Street in the Wooster Square neighborhood. Customers sit on Kaiyden’s distinctive yellow couch and snack on popular pastries they offer.
Located on Audubon Street, Koffee? has dark lighting and mismatched seating arrangements, as well as a large collection of board games. The shop also offers a variety of food items, including sandwiches and gluten-free options among their baked goods. They also operate out of a completely nut-free kitchen.
Every day at 3 p.m., Koffee? turns into “Koffee Afterdark,” featuring a selection of wines and craft beers.
Mew Haven Cat Cafe
On the main strip of Whalley Avenue in Westville, patrons can get their caffeine and cat fixes at the same time at Mew Haven Cat Cafe. The cat cafe first opened in 2018 and their cat lounge has facilitated over 200 adoptions since their opening. Booking a visit online or coming to events such as paint nights or yoga guarantees time with furry friends.
Pistachio Cafe is a modern cafe that specializes in Syrian and Turkish coffee as well as an extensive “Middle Eastern Fusion” menu. Their signature pistachio latte, baklava and other artisanal desserts can be found across the street from Mew Haven on Whalley Avenue.
Residents in downtown New Haven can also settle into Pistachio’s ornately decorated interior with the opening of their second location — Pistachio Cafe 2 — on Chapel Street earlier this year. The cafe has also hosted live music performances while customers eat their pastries and sip on their drinks.
In the back of the Graduate Hotel’s lobby on Chapel Street, Pointdexter hosts a mix of students and hotel guests in front of its blue and white wallpaper.
“[It] feels like you are at home, with the beautiful shelves of books and Yale memorabilia in the lobby’s different studying rooms and the cafe itself,” Schoenburn reflected.