No doubt the holidays are the busiest time of the year. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of busy airports, end of year deadlines and last minute shopping. This year while you’re out and about, take a minute to treat yourself or meet a friend for coffee or brunch. Support local businesses by stopping in for a bite to eat or grab a drink to carry with you as you do some holiday shopping.

Check out Hunterdon County’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide!


Frenchtown Café

 2021 Happening List Winner for Brunch!

44 Bridge Street, Frenchtown, NJ
(908) 996-0663

Located in the heart of beautiful Frenchtown, NJ, the Frenchtown Café offers casual dining for both breakfast and lunch. The Frenchtown Café takes pride in providing the highest quality food to customers. All of their meat, eggs and most vegetables are locally grown and sourced from farms around the area.

Sweet Melissa Patisserie

 2021 Happening List Finalist for Brunch!

56 Payne Road, Lebanon, NJ
(908) 323-2460

Sweet Melissa Patisserie is a charming little café with delectable French-inspired cakes, pastries, tarts and cookies. The bakery is quaint, but full of croissants, tarts, donuts, and other items. The selection is not expansive, but quality, not quantity is their goal. Breakfast is served all day. They only use the finest ingredients and all of the food is baked fresh daily, no shortcuts.

Lovin’ Oven

 2021 Happening List Finalist for Brunch!

62 Trenton Ave A, Frenchtown, NJ
(908) 996-7714

Lovin’ Oven offers brunch service Thursdays through Mondays, 9am-3pm during the week and 8am-3pm on the weekends.  Take away is available during normal business hours for our in-house brunch menu. The bakery is full of delicious cookies, baked goods and desserts!

Hardy’s Coffee Bar

 2021 Happening List Winner for Coffee!

31 Bloomfield Ave, Flemington, NJ
(908) 777-0771

Hardy’s Coffee Bar offers membership for $9/year. Membership gives you access to $1 drip coffee, 5% off retail, access to member’s menu and Hardy’s Coffee Bar key fob for personalized door access during business hours.

Black River Roasters

 2021 Happening List Finalist for Coffee!

424 US-22, Whitehouse Station, NJ
(908) 823-4715

Black River Roasters focuses on sustainability from seed to cup; specializing in certified Organic, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees sourced from small-yield cooperatives and estates around the globe.

Scout’s Coffee Bar + Mercantile

 2021 Happening List Finalist for Coffee!

11 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ
(908) 617-5369

Nestled in downtown High Bridge, NJ, Scout’s believes that good coffee and good food are the cornerstone for a good life. They serve locally roasted coffees, organic and healthfully crafted food, and provide an escape from the busy-life for friends near and ar. The mercantile offers guests a selection of handmade greeting cards and locally themed gift items. Grab a drink and do some holiday shopping at the same time!

Factory Fuel Coffee House

 2021 Happening List Finalist for Coffee!

2 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ
(908) 483-5117

Factory Fuel Coffee House is a friendly and dedicated coffee house that serves the best roasts, roasters and origins the coffee world has to offer. From artisanal teas and local kombucha, to the in-house baked goods, you’ll fall in love when you walk through the doors.

Bridge Café

 2021 Happening List Finalist for Doughnut!

8 Bridge Street, Frenchtown, NJ
(908) 996-6040

The Bridge Café flourishes in the walls of the once booming Frenchtown train station. With some renovations and improvements, it’s now an adorable restaurant and bakery with magnificent views of the Delaware River, the Frenchtown-Uhlerstown Bridge and important architectural buildings in town. Stop by for coffee, breakfast or lunch.

For more great local resources this fall, visit our #LoveLocal Guide here.

By: Sophia DeWald

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