For coffee lovers, there’s nothing quite like heading into a local coffee joint, taking solace in the fact that it’s not an international chain. Quaint vibes alongside java that is brewed fresh and local is an experience that simply can’t be replicated at places like Starbucks, Panera, and Dunkin’. Not to say quality coffee can’t be found at these establishments, of course, there is a reason they are the most famous coffee chains in the world after all. But, in the Hamptons, it has always been about small-town charm and chain-everything being few and far between, from stores to restaurants to cafes and beyond.
So, whether you’re a Hamptons local, a vacationer on the East End, or are simply looking for the best local coffee spots in the area, we have a list of 10 must-try coffee shops for you.
The Hampton Coffee Company
With 6 Locations at:
732 Montauk Highway, Montauk
869 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
749 County Road 39A, Southampton
194 Mill Street, Westhampton Beach
272 Main Road, Aquebogue
235 Montauk Highway, Center Moriches
Hampton Coffee Company is the premier coffee spot of the Hamptons, and one of the earlier South Fork roasters opening their first location in Water Mill back in 1994.
They have become known as Long Island’s largest independent coffee roaster with their small chain of 6 locations. Hampton Coffee has a full menu of hot breakfast and lunch items, pastries, and of course tons of blends and specialty coffee, espresso, and tea drinks. They roll out monthly specialty food and drink items coinciding with holidays and seasons that are always thoughtfully curated and delicious! And bonus, they have an app where you can order ahead and collect points for rewards with each visit.
78 Main Street, Sag Harbor
Sagtown Coffee is right in the heart of Sag Harbor village with indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy a local cup of joe and a bite to eat. Founded in 2012 by Shane Dyckman, the vision was to create a local spot for the community and visitors to gather for exceptional coffee and specialty drinks.
They have now added breakfast and lunch offerings to their menu that includes acai bowls, smoothies, bagels, sandwiches, and more. This in addition to their unmatched La Colombe roasts, popular draft lattes, cold brews, and large tea selection makes Sagtown an essential visit for coffee lovers on the East End.
The Golden Pear
With 3 Locations at:
99 Main Street, Southampton
2426 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton
34 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
The Golden Pear may not be known as a coffee shop only, but it’s a signature Hamptons must when it comes to cafes, and the coffee bar and bakery section is a main attraction here. The Golden Pear has been around since 1987 with its first location opening in Southampton.
Visits to this café have been a long-time tradition among Hamptons crowds for more than 30 years—with good reason. When it comes to cafes with energetic ambiance, comfortable outdoor seating to enjoy people-watching on Hamptons main streets, and of course delicious eats and freshly brewed coffee, Golden Pear is the premier place to be on the East End!
112 Maple Lane, Bridgehampton
Originally located in Sag Harbor, Java Nation relocated to Bridgehampton several years back. Despite having opened in 1994 initially as one of the early South Fork roasters, Java Nation is more of a local kept secret when it comes to coffee shops of the Hamptons.
They’re not right in the center of town where visitors can stumble upon the industrial-looking space that is filled with local art, leather couches, and a large roaster in the backroom, but rather near the Bridgehampton train station where their loyal Sag Harbor patrons have followed as well as a new coffee-loving crowd in the know. There is no denying the local charm and delicious blends that could only be found at Java Nation.
115 Main Street, Westhampton Beach
Caffeine is located in the heart of Westhampton Beach, brewing La Colombe coffee daily. They offer creative blends and draft lattes, as well as an array of teas and bakery items.
As with many cafes now, they have a selection of non-dairy alternative milks, and Caffeine even offers pistachio milk, a rarity when it comes to milk options at cafes.
They are located in a small space right on Main Street with cozy seating next to the windows to take in the town as you enjoy your daily pick-me-up!
Grindstone Coffee & Donuts
74 Main Street, Sag Harbor
Grindstone Coffee & Donuts has been a staple of Sag Harbor since they opened in 2016. Known first and foremost for their donuts that are freshly made daily and take a minimum of 48 hours to create, their coffee is of the same high quality. Owner Kyle Sanderson says, “Everyone knows about our donuts, but people are always surprised to find out we have arguably the best coffee in the Hamptons.” Grindstone has a friendly and inviting atmosphere with unmatched customer service.
Their coffee menu consists of espresso, drip, cold brew, and more, and it is all made from single-origin, organic coffee beans that are roasted fresh in house. One of their most popular coffee menu items is their honey lavender latte, and another homemade delight at Grindstone that sets them apart from other local coffee shops is their renowned almond milk!
55 Main Street, East Hampton
For those looking for a more upscale coffee establishment, particularly with the influences of Italy running strong, Tutto is the perfect café to unwind with a delicious organic coffee, espresso, cappuccino, or even wine and cocktails. Tutto offers delectable pastries, paninis, and savories that are authentically Italian.
The idea for this café came about in 2019 when Gianapaolo de Felice and David Mayer spent over a year learning the art of fine coffee and further developed their 100% organic coffee with a Neapolitan accent that is the signature of Tutto today.
Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee
With 2 Hamptons Locations at:
146 Montauk Highway, Amagansett
51 Division Street, Sag Harbor
For those city natives that come out to the Hamptons, Jack’s Stir Brew may be a familiar establishment. With 4 locations in NYC and 1 in Connecticut, Jack’s Amagansett and Sag Harbor locations are familiar and popular hubs among Hamptons crowds. Founded in 2003 by Jack Mazzola, the vision has always been to evoke a sense of community through high-quality and the best tasting organic coffee.
Unique for its patented Stir Brewer, a technique used to extract the fullest flavor, Jack’s also became New York City’s first 100% organic coffee shop and vegan bakery. When it comes to seeking out some of the finest coffee on the East End, Jack’s is the spot to be!
Left Hand Montauk Coffee Company
83 S Elmwood Avenue, Montauk
Left Hand is a locally owned roaster in Montauk serving up coffee from “the end.” They opened their doors in 2015 when owners Larry Siedlick and Yannis Papagianni took over the then coffee shop with the idea in mind that Montauk deserved a coffee spot that was as rich as the history of the town. Their blends are named after historical places and surf spots, and the beans are sourced from countries that are all well-known surf destinations (that is one activity that brings Montauk together after all, aside from coffee drinking!).
Ever since Left Hand opened, their coffee and culture has been embraced by locals and out-of-towners alike. The coffee is all organic, and blends like Lighthouse Espresso, Camp Hero Medium Roast, and more are available for purchase online. So, before you hit the surf this summer, be sure to stop in for a cup of Left Hand goodness!