Can a city be judged by its coffee scene alone? If you're visiting Richmond, we'll earn some high marks. From longtime neighborhood hangouts to newcomers French pressing and innovating the brew, we've got a cup of joe for you. Photo Cred: Alchemy Coffee on Facebook
Anchoring the ground floor of one of Virginia Commonwealth University's newest art buildings and galleries, Alchemy knows coffee. Rotating exotic blends from locally-roasted Blanchard's and ready-to-share bean knowledge sets this coffee bar apart. 814 W. Broad St. and alchemycoffeerva.com
A neighborhood staple in Richmond's south side where locals gather for board games or small intimate concerts. This Forest Hill haunt not only has your latte covered, but plenty of local brews on tap. Need something sweet? They have ice cream too! 3600 Forest Hill Ave and crossroadsrva.com
The folks at Lamplighter roast their own coffee beans at their Scott's Addition location. Try the brown sugar latte for a treat or one of the house-made brownies. The original location on Addison brings neighborhood charm to an old gas station, plus, you can shop the vintage stores across the street. 116 S Addison St, Richmond, VA 23220 and lamplightercoffee.com
Inventive lattes, sandwiches and salads in the heart of Richmond's Arts District. If you need to grab a craft beer to go, they also have you covered. The patio is one of Richmond's hidden gems. 218 W. Broad St. and liftcoffeeshop.com
This local chain has quickly expanded from Shockoe Slip to south of Richmond. Locally sourced bake goods, soups and sandwiches provide nourishment throughout the day. The Scott's Addition location and flagship has a patio, juice bar, ample seating and hosts live entertainment. Make the switch from coffee hour to happy hour with Virginia wines and brews. 3015 Norfolk St, Richmond, VA 23230. Additional locations at theurbanfarmhouse.net.