One of the simple pleasures that many people have missed during the pandemic is sitting in a coffee shop with wi-fi, drinking a latte, pretending to be productive, while people watching. Luckily, for those stationed at Ft. Gordon, there is no shortage of local joints serving delicious desserts and drinks, perfect for finally having a day out with your friends, or getting work done with a change of scenery.
So, whether you want to enjoy downtown Augusta, find something close to your neighborhood, or explore the surrounding areas, here are ten locally owned places to enjoy a coffee, some cake, and good company near Ft. Gordon.
1. Dolce Darlin is a family-owned and operated bakery for browsing and enjoying a delicious treat with friends in an adorable pink house. Enjoy their large selection of cupcakes and more for a weekend treat. They also offer catering, cakes, and cooking classes to take with your friends or family.
2. Boll Weevil Cafe and Sweetery has a delicious menu and lots of space, perfect for a lunch out with friends. While the food is good, save room for dessert. The cakes here are layered high and there’s a flavor to delight everyone. In an old cotton warehouse, Boll Weevil is downtown, very close to the Augusta Riverwalk, perfect for an evening serving of cake and a stroll near the water.
3. Do you need a perfect place to write or do other tasks on your laptop with a perfect coffeehouse ambiance? Inner Bean Cafe has you covered with two locations in Martinez and Augusta. They offer an extensive coffee menu, as well as breakfast, light lunches, and desserts, so enjoy treats while you type away.
4. New Moon Cafe has locations in both Aiken and downtown Augusta, with outdoor and indoor seating at both locations. Their menu boasts paninis, breakfast options, and more. The downtown location is locating in the same building as The Book Tavern. Support a local bookstore with a purchase, then sit and read with your delicious breakfast. New Moon has a loyalty rewards program, so make a habit of it!
5. Ubora Coffee is a veteran and military service member-owned and operated coffee roaster with an in-house location in downtown Augusta in a beautiful brick building. Visit in person for coffee and pastries in the shop, and purchase a bag to enjoy at home too. They also ship overseas to the military, so send a friend stationed overseas, or a spouse on deployment, a coffee upgrade in a care package.
6. Coffee not your thing? Check out the downtown staple for healthy snacks and gatherings–Humanitree House. Perfect for a post-workout hangout or healthy way to start your day, Humanitree offers a juice bar, fresh nut milks, smoothies, and vegan-friendly snacks. Their snacks aren’t just healthy and delicious though, they are a staple of the Augusta local business community. Their space is kid-friendly if you need a place to meet with other moms or dads, and they provide space for art, performances, and more.
7. Manuel’s Bread Cafe on the North Augusta side of the river is a perfect place for weekend brunch or cocktails with farm-to-table upscale French fare with a Southern twist. Near the Riverwalk in the mixed-use Hammond’s Ferry Neighborhood, indoor and outdoor seating is available. Farm-to-table refers to Manuel’s very own Blue Clay Farm, a sustainable community garden that provides produce for the restaurant as well as hosts events in a beautiful semi-classical French garden setting.
8. The cure to any bad day is enjoying chocolate with friends, right? La Bonbonniére offers a wide selection of authentic Belgian chocolates, macaroons, and a cozy atmosphere. Enjoy their normal wide range of chocolates, or find seasonal treats and a variety of pastries like cinnamon rolls. Eat on the spot at one of their tables, or take chocolates to go as a sweet present for a friend.
9. Sheila’s Baking Company is a pastry shop and coffee bar in downtown North Augusta. Come in for doughnuts, kolaches, and coffee with friends to the storefront, or follow their Instagram to find the food truck or specials on delivery throughout the CSRA.
10. With two locations near Fort Gordon, one on Jimmie Dyess Parkway and one in Grovetown, come get an assortment of fun flavored doughnuts, croissants, breakfast burritos, coffee, and more at Belair Doughnuts. Their selection goes fast, so show up early for a fun treat before work with a friend, or call ahead for a larger order to make yourself popular at the office.
Meredith Flory is a military spouse, homeschool mom, and freelance writer currently living in Texas. She has a master’s degree in children’s literature and her writing has appeared in publications such as Military Families, The Mary Sue, and Augusta Family Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @Meredith Flory Instagram @merediththemom or check out her website www.meredithflory.com for more info.