Grounds for Discourse: West End’s Local Perks

Here’s the spot where we get to talk about our favorite local coffee shops. Perhaps you’ll discover a new favorite of your own, here. We’ve found these places offer a combination of excellent beverages along with a great coffee shop atmosphere. However, if your favorite isn’t on the list, drop us a line and make a recommendation.

Bravo Roccoi Italian Café
9200 Stony Point Parkway, Suite 180
(804) 767-1485

Whether you’re looking to relax with a beverage of your choice or grab and go, at Bravo Rocco Italian Cafe, you’ll be met with friendly faces that will make you feel like part of the family. Located in the newly designed Stony Point Fashion Center, Bravo Rocco is the perfect place to find respite from a hectic shopping day. Their delicious coffee is made with milk from Trickling Springs Creamery, who’s grass-fed, heritage breed cows, produce clean milk without synthetic hormones. The benefits of grass-fed milk includes a higher protein content, which offers wonderful richness when added to your coffee beverage. Plus, it may give you the added boost you need to continue on with your shopping day!

Allegro Coffee
11173 W Broad Street
(804) 364-4050

Located inside of Whole Foods is a coffee shop unlike any other. Not your typical grocery store kiosk, Allegro Coffee serves up something more than a beverage. They offer sustainability in a cup. According to Allegro, coffee is more than just roasting beans. It’s the craft and the community. And they pursue this value by selecting farms committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices that are rooted and invested in their communities. Allegro also takes pride in paying their farming partners a fair price that exceeds their cost of production so they can reinvest in their farms and hire and retain the best workers and grow a strong business. Plus, they also donate money to enable the communities to continue thriving, and remain healthy, educated and prosperous. Such dedication to the community brings so much more value to your morning cup-of-joe.

1127 Gaskins Road
(804) 350-4504

Step into Caffesspresso and for a moment, you may feel that you’ve taken a trip. Modern tables and chairs have been traded for comfortable sofas, oversized seats and bistro sets. Hardback books cover an entire wall from floor to ceiling, emphasising the cafe’s successful “take-one-leave-one” book policy. The sun shines through huge windows, suffusing light all throughout the wine bottles that surround the room. Such ambiance implies that a grab-and-go meal just won’t due, here. Each customer must sit and stay for a while. And of course, the coffee is delicious. Coffee, cappuccino, lattes and more are served Italian style in ceramic cups. Authentic Italian paninis made with focaccia are freshly prepared along with house made salads and other tasty delights. And the free water allows you to cleanse your palate whenever you are ready for a new flavor. Caffespresso isn’t just a cafe. It’s a destination.

Ashley Jefferson
Author: Ashley Jefferson

Ashley Jefferson is the EIC of River City Mag. She currently lives in Richmond, VA with her fiance.

Ashley Jefferson
Ashley Jefferson is the EIC of River City Mag. She currently lives in Richmond, VA with her fiance.