Friday Find: Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream


What I miss most about New York City, to my surprise, aren’t the chalkboard signs that sit outside restaurants, jovially advertising the bottomless brunches my friends and I made a weekly tradition. It’s not even the feeling I got when I stepped above ground, off the train and onto the bustling streets of the city that made me feel alive. To my great surprise, what I miss most about NYC is the probability of stumbling upon a gem with some of the best coffee I’ve ever had. I moved home to Richmond expecting to leave that world behind and rejoin a world where Starbucks reigned supreme. Thankfully, I was introduced to Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream, a gem that sits right here in the city I call home.

Located on a road many use as a passageway to get to downtown RVA, Crossroads blends in as simply part of the neighborhood. Before stopping in, I assumed it was another Caribbean restaurant, similar to the one that sits to its left. But if you slow down, you’ll quickly see that this 13-year-old coffee shop draws in a mixed crowd that’s as diverse and eclectic as the city in which it resides. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by what I like to call “by the people” funky decor, bumper stickers with sayings like “WAKE-n-BAKE” and “Support Lap Dancing,” tables created out of vintage arcade games, and a chalkboard that announces the week’s performers.  


My first visit to this garage-turned-coffee shop took me by surprise. It was 11am on a Friday morning, and my order for a vanilla almond dirty chai latte was drowned out by a live band and a lead singer who doubled as a belly dancer. Not your average Friday morning, and certainly not your average coffee shop. 

In a way, though, labelling Crossroads as a “coffee shop” is both unfair and inaccurate. Its coffee, latte, and tea selection, while robust and delicious, is only a small fraction of things they offer. You can select from their breakfast menu which includes items like a breakfast burrito and their signature “Lox & Loaded” bagel. Or, if you’re not into breakfast, you can choose from their selection of soups, paninis, “Create Your Own” sandwiches, or pastries (my dad loves their pies and the fresh cinnamon buns they only offer on special days). If you’re more into bartenders than baristas, Crossroads has a pretty impressive wine and beer selection that you can enjoy in-house or take to-go (yes, to-go!). All of their yummy goodness can be enjoyed in the main dining area where you'll be joined by the chatter of coffee dates, radio hits, or live music, or if you're looking for a bit of solitude, grab a seat over by what I call the "book nook."



What’s more enchanting than this spot’s offerings, decor, and crowd is its history. Like me, the owners of Crossroads escaped the corporate world in an effort to feel more fulfilled with what they decide to do on a daily basis. They were literally at a “crossroad” in their lives, and jumped at the opportunity to create an informal meeting place for the community members. The name also reflects the fact that this building is literally at a place where the roads cross—Semmes and Forest Hill avenues meet almost directly at their front door.

For those looking for a place to grab a darn good vanilla almond dirty chai, this place is for you. If you’re looking to change up your scenery and turn one of their patio seats into your office for the day, this place is for you, too. From spunky customers to even spunkier baristas, Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream makes the detour on your way to Downtown RVA totally worth the trip. 


8 comments

  1. This place looks so cozy and cute! I would definitely frequent this space :)

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  2. Looks like an awesome place! Will make sure to visit next time I'm in town!

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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    1. You totally should! Seriously everything's good. :)

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  3. how quirky, rad and cool is this place?! :D

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

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    1. Thanks, Sybil! It's my new favorite. B-)

      Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Totally wish I could have known you when you lived in NYC! Coffee shops are my favorite finds. This place looks like an amazing gem! Glad part of new york is with you. Xo, Ellese (ps. your blog is gorgeous!)

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

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  5. Love the pictures! Looks so comfortable and cute!

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  6. Oh wow! I always dreamed of living in NYC. Great that a part of NY is still with you! Gorgeous place, looks so cozy! xoxo

    www.naomella.com

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