There's a lot to be said about coffee lovers. For one, these people need their cup of joe in the morning before they begin to fully feel like themselves. Another defining characteristic is the desire to explore what the world of coffee has to offer beyond national chains. Local shops go above and beyond by using fresh ingredients, providing personalized customer service, and creating a welcoming atmosphere.

Fortunately, there's no shortage of local coffee shops in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Our city is home to these establishments that offer delicious beverages and homey environments. Whether you just want to grab a quick cup of coffee or need a place to work in peace, we've got you covered. Here at Your Auto Source, we're eager to share the best coffee shops in and around Columbia.

HomeGoodies and Coffee

Coffee by Vivian Evans is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0

Our first recommendation is for HomeGoodies and Coffee in the downtown Ignite Columbia building. When you pull up, take advantage of the available street parking or other parking spots within walking distance. Order freshly brewed coffee however you like it, whether that's as a latte, freshly ground, or pour-over style. This shop also has homemade baked goods, including its famous sticky buns, which are only available on select days. The extensive breakfast and lunch menu means you'll have a tough time deciding, so consider ordering something to eat in the new sit-down area and then get something else to take home.

If you're up for dessert, be sure to try the homemade cold-rolled ice cream available in over 15 flavors. There are even vegan and lactose-free options to ensure everyone can enjoy the greatness that is HomeGoodies and Cafe. Those with some time to spare should definitely check out the decor shop that features artwork, trinkets, scents, and oils from local artisans. Purchasing these items allows you to bring the welcoming atmosphere of HomeGoodies and Cafe into your own home.

Location: 101 N. Front St., Columbia, PA 17512.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Cafe 301

Cafe 301 has been around since 2016 and is a go-to spot among many locals. Founder and Lancaster native Laurie Myers started this shop to provide delicious soul food and cozy vibes to the community. Check out the extensive drink menu, which features iced coffee, drip coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and everything in between. Whether you want something cool and refreshing or warm and inviting, Cafe 301 is sure to have it. You'll also appreciate soul food menu items ranging from fried chicken and waffles to grits bowls with jumbo shrimp.

Another noteworthy Cafe 301 feature is its flexible catering. Whether you have a business meeting, corporate party, or some other type of event, this establishment can help. It specializes in creating custom menus based on client needs and providing expert catering insight. Yet another Cafe 301 offering is the online ordering system it hosts through its own website, meaning you can avoid third-party fees. Simply place your order ahead of time so it's ready when you go to pick it up.

Location: 301 Locust St., Columbia, PA 17512.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.


GARTH is a unique establishment in that it provides four offerings in one. Many locals know it to be a venue for weddings and other events, but it also has an onsite frame shop and art gallery. Additionally, locals know GARTH for its cafe on the second floor of the gallery. It features a special house blend from the local Vintage Coffee Works, an establishment that roasts beans using a restored Royal No. 5 Roaster from 1905. Vintage Coffee Works also supplies the GARTH Cafe with specialty loose-leaf teas.

If you're in the mood for a chocolate drink, know that master chocolatier Frederic Loraschi helped the cafe develop its signature coffee and chocolate drinks. Feel free to stray from the menu at any time, as the staff is happy to accommodate your requests and make your drink the way you like it. Other perks of the GARTH Cafe include fast, free Wi-Fi and an on-site gallery you can peruse as you sip on your coffee.

Location: 22 S. 2nd St., Columbia, PA 17512.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The Wild Batch Bistro

If you take a short drive across the Susquehanna River from Columbia, you can make your way to The Wild Batch Bistro. This establishment makes everything from scratch, including its famous pretzels and bagels. The staff adds 15 new items every week to keep things interesting by always providing something different for you to try.

Of course, we can't forget to mention the coffee at The Wild Batch Bistro. Treat yourself to an espresso, hot tea, macchiato, or chai latte from the local coffee menu. Feel free to customize your drink with a variety of flavors, and opt for an oat milk substitution if you don't do dairy.

Location: 120 N. Fourth St., Wrightsville, PA 17368.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Coffee and Cream

The final recommendation on our list is for Coffee and Cream on Front Street. The location is in a beautiful location, sitting right at the start of a bike trail. The menu features everything from cold brews, cortados, chai lattes, and fruit smoothies to more unique drinks like the Red Eye and London Fog. You can also enjoy menu items like muffins, quiches, and breakfast platters if you want something a little more filling.

Location: 101 N. Front St., Columbia, PA 17512.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

We hope this list helps you find your new favorite coffee shop in Columbia. If you have any recommendations that deserve to be mentioned, be sure to let us know here at Your Auto Source. Our team is excited to help people enjoy everything that our state has to offer.

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