Quick Bite

A Serene Waterfront Café in Jersey City

Bwé Kafe is a family-owned, community-centric coffee shop with a bohemian-farmhouse feel. It has two other Hudson County locations.

Avocado fattoush toast at Bwé Kafe in Jersey City
Start your morning or afternoon with Bwé Kafe's avocado fattoush toast. Photo by Falyn Stempler

STYLE

Corner coffee shop in Newport—Jersey City’s mixed-use community on the Hudson River—offers a reprieve from the hustle-bustle of Jersey’s second largest city center. “Bwé kafe” means “drink coffee” in Haitian Creole.

THE SCOOP

Faux-wood tables with padded seats, a fake deer head, plants, pottery and artwork contribute a bohemian-farmhouse feel. As winter gains a grip, Newport’s Elephant Park, halfway down the block, becomes a miniature ice-skating rink. Bwé hosts game and open mic nights, and partners with community organizations (creating, for example, a personal-care donation bin for Hoboken Community Center Pantry). Bwè also has two other locations in Hoboken.

THE MENU

Staple breakfast and lunch items join signature and seasonal beverages. Classics include sweet and savory toasts with add-ons—from avocado fattoush toast (pictured) to ricotta, honey and basil toast. Choose from bowls, salads, sandwiches, pastries and premade refrigerated items. Bwé sells its own fair-trade and sustainably raised Haitian and Colombian coffee in light, medium and dark roasts. Products from health-conscious businesses include reusable bamboo utensils, serums, candles and more.

HEADS UP

On weekdays, Wi-Fi is free, but on weekends, it’s totally unavailable. The block is buzzing, especially on weekends, when there’s a sizable line and few seats available.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    Breakfast - Brunch - Café
  • Price Range:
    Inexpensive