#8. Jersey City NJ
As one of our Top 10 Cities for Recent College Grads, it makes sense that Jersey City is also carving out a reputation as a great coffee city (those young professionals need caffeine!). Located right across the Hudson from New York City, Jersey City ranked no. 25 on Wallethub’s list of 100 best coffee cities, just behind Boise. Two local favorites are Modcup Coffee Company, which serves up its own single-origin roasted beans and Dames Coffee Espresso Bar, known for its latte art and garden out back.
Even though it’s so close to NYC, Jersey City is extremely affordable. In fact, those who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree only shell out 22% of their income for rent here. Downtown Jersey City’s charm rivals some New York neighborhoods with its abundance of bars and restaurants.
Coolest Coffee Shop: The hip Lackawanna Coffee pours delicious specialty drinks like the Black Sesame Latte or the Wildflower Honey Latte.