But First Coffee: Pretty Bird Coffee in Yardley, PA
Every winter I spend a lot of time at coffee shops. Actually, let's be honest here, I spend quite a bit of time at coffee shops. I like coffee, I like chai tea lattes, and I like pastries (thank god for sweater weather!). I like the way coffee shops smell, I like the way they buzz with activity, and I like how they help me focus and get things done. Sometimes it can be hard to find a good coffee shop and, though I like Starbucks as much as the next girl, it's time to shop local.
I've been doing coffee shop features for a little while now (check out the archives right here) and they're almost always in Philadelphia. While I love going to Philly, that's just not feasible every time I want to get out of the house and do a little work. So when I heard last year that a really pretty coffee shop was opening just ten minutes from my house I was so excited and ready to get my caffeine on!
Pretty Bird Coffee is the sister to Yardley's craft brewery/restaurant Vault. Where Vault is all dark and moody in an old bank on Yardley's main drag, Pretty Bird is light and airy in a little painted house across the street.
Pretty Bird hits all the highlights of coffee shop design: white subway tile backsplash, a pretty high counter, and a fun neon sign (which I still can't get a good picture of!). It's cozy but clean and pretty minimal on "decor" besides the wood trimmed ceiling and chalkboard-painted column listing the daily donuts.
Oh, did you miss that? They have DONUTS. Like really good, baked on premises donuts. They're not just baked there but they have both sugar-coated and glazed, all homemade. You can get them to go and they're always hot and fresh. If donuts are not your thing, they are always expanding their menu. They have delicious breakfast sandwiches in the morning and also parfaits and other delicious treats.
Donuts are a plus but I'm not heading to Pretty Bird to eat. I absolutely love ordering a latte, chai or regular, in a pretty blue cup. It's perfect for hunkering down and getting lesson planning or blog post writing done. I regularly make Nick drive me over to Pretty Bird on summer Sundays to get an iced coffee (of course he loves doing it, why do you ask?). It's pretty obvious why their coffee is so good: it's all roasted in house. Thank goodness they started bagging and selling their beans because they make the perfect gift for coffee-obsessed friends and family.
If you ever happen to be in the Yardley area, you must grab a coffee, hot or iced, from Pretty Bird. Then pull up a stool on the front porch and get cozy underneath the neon sign!