Amid sun-baked hay and toasted pumpkin seeds, fall has a cornucopia of familiar scents. Yet, one of the coziest is a treat you can find any time of the year. Nothing compliments sweater weather quite like a delicious cup of coffee. Palestine is home to a host of local coffee shops that offer more than high-end latte art. The atmosphere and experience in these cafés will leave you with a love that lasts long after the Texas leaves have turned.
Cream and Coffee
For such a small place, Cream and Coffee astonishes customers with its outstanding coffee concoctions and jovial staff. You can go anytime you need a caffeine fix, but its double drive-thru windows make it perfect for on-the-go runs. This drive-thru only café features standard espresso drinks along with smoothies, chai teas, creamsicles, and Italian sodas.
Some call Cream and Coffee the “Starbucks of Palestine.” However, once you visit, you’ll see how refreshingly different these hand-crafted drinks are from the larger chain. Try a Café Mocha for a warm start to your day.
You can find Cream and Coffee on Crockett Road, across from Kroger. The shop is open every day except Sunday.
Coffee goes best with a treat. Oxbow Bakery is skilled at making both. At this Palestine shop, you’ll find coffee, antiques, and sinfully delicious pies. In fact, Taste of the South Magazine recently included Oxbow Bakery in its list of Top 11 Places You Should Eat in 2017. The interior is speckled with trinkets of the past, and the atmosphere is reminiscent of the 1960s. Don’t be confused by the storefront side that reads “Oxbow General Store” – look a little closer and you’ll see you’re at the right place.
The choice of pies can seem overwhelming. Choose from classics like Lemon Icebox, or switch it up with a Blueberry Banana. The shop also sells cheesecakes, Italian cream cakes, and takes custom orders for parties and events.
Old Magnolia Mercantile
Lunch, coffee, and antiques are all things you’ll find at Old Magnolia Mercantile. The café is a popular downtown spot for a healthy lunch, with choices like half-sandwich combos and avocado chicken salad. It’s also one of few places to offer espresso in Palestine. If you don’t take coffee with lunch, try some of the famous raspberry and peach tea instead.
The beverages are only rivaled by the desserts. It’s no surprise that you’ll find homemade ice cream at this locally-owned shop. Old Magnolia Mercantile is housed in what was once an old variety shop, and it holds true to its roots by still offering antiques and shopping at more than 25 vendor booths.
If you visit on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening, you’ll find live music, menu specials, and after-hours shopping until 8 p.m.
Fall is coming, and to make the most of it, you’ll need a car you can count on. Visit McLarty Toyota in Palestine, TX for top-of-the-line selection and specials on new and used vehicles.
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