Coffeeshops of the Summer

Hey y'all!It's Grace here sitting at my kitchen counter after a long day of writing, packing, running, and making sweet potato fries. Good times. I love days that feel "full," that cater to all the sections of what I view as being a happy, healthy person: working out, reading, doing homework, making something productive. Like, during the school year, days when I go grocery shopping and do my laundry make me feel like I have myself together.Additionally, coffee shop hunting makes me feel like I've done a lot. It's a combination of the caffeine and the work space. Luckily, between New Orleans and Port Hope, I've gotten to discover some new ones and revisit some favorites.Normally, in Lexington, my usual question is just LexCo or Pronto, so it feels good to be able to write about some others.

NEW ORLEANS

The Vintage | Magazine Street

The Vintage was one of my best spots that I found in New Orleans. I was a huge fan. It functioned well both as a coffee house, and as a lunch restaurant, and -- if it were a few months later -- a well-stocked bar. The décor was so well put together, both the patrons and the baristas were friendly, and I just soaked in the atmosphere. The aesthetic was divine, and so up my alley -- my favorite coffeeshop discovery of the summer. So nice I went back twice.Drinks: My coffee was delicious.Food: They have a pretty small menu, but it's crammed with excellent choices; my flatbread was divine, and I came back the next day for some truffle fries.Lighting: Solid.Seating: A ton of it! Comfortable couches and cushions near one side, with lines of tables near another that were all marble or similarly nice. I would take so many pictures here.Crowded? No.

Drip Affogato Bar | Carondelet St

I actually completely stumbled across this one as I was walking from Magazine Street to Bourbon Street. I'd recognized it from my vigorous coffee stalking and being in Lexington has given me such a taste for gelato. So needless to say, I had to check it out. It's a tiny spot, very pristine and minimalist in an appealing way. The goods were expensive, and it didn't feel like a place that would be conducive to lingering, so I only got a small scoop of gelato. It was worth checking out though!Drinks: A small menu.Food: Just gelato, but it was great.Lighting: Solid.Seating: Tiny.Crowded? No.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters | Carondelet St

I'm glad I finally got to check out Stumptown as a coffee shop and not just a brand for me to grab on shelves. I'd tried their nitro cold brew before -- which Buddy Brew Coffee in Tampa turned me on to -- but was compelled to try it from the tap. It also smelled so much like roasting coffee beans, which was so wonderful. I loved the dark wooden vibe of Stumptown, but didn't stay long. It was standard, and solid.Drinks: Excellent.Food: I don't recall them having any.Lighting: Dark in the perfect way.Seating: Decent amount.Crowded? No.

Rue De La Course | Carrollton Ave

I popped into Rue De La Course after a long, hot day. All I wanted was a sandwich and a tea, which I got. I loved the atmosphere -- old bank building, gorgeous lighting fixtures, creaky wooden tables. It feels very open as a whole, and is probably one of the places I would study if I went to Tulane. Because it was pretty crowded, I had to go to the upstairs level, which was suffocatingly warm. Also, they don't have pricing on their board -- so it's kind of guess and check.Drinks: I just got an iced tea, but it was refreshing. They had a ton of different drink variations I would love to have tried if I'd been there longer.Food: My sandwich was fine, and it looked like they had a wide range. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there specifically for one, but it hit the spot.Lighting: Patchy. Some spots were pretty dark, but the open style of the building makes it feel airy.Seating: Hard wooden chairs.Crowded? Yes.

PORT HOPE

Coffee Public | Main Street

I discovered Coffee Public last year after bonding with the owner, who apparently almost played soccer at W&L. Their summer menu is so great: maple lattes and other syrups that are perfectly stereotypical for Canada, as well as various tea/lemonade/spritzer combinations that satisfy the heat. They offer yummy breakfast sandwiches as well as a cozy atmosphere with art, neutrally painted tables, bench seating -- and they serve their beverages in heavy beer mugs. I love the vibe, and it's been an excellent haunt.Drinks: Lots of variation, and they're all so good. They err on the sweet side, so the drinks feel more like a treat. Also, they come with striped straws or all dressed up.Food: Their pastries are well-done and their sandwiches are small but good.Lighting: Great.Seating: Wooden but comfortable.Crowded? Depends.I drink more coffee at camp than I do at any point else in the year -- more than during exam week at school. There are some coffee shops I LOVE in Brevard and Asheville, so let me know in the comments or via social media if you want me to do write-ups on those as well!

What have y'all been sipping on lately? Any good haunts?