East Village Coffee Lounge
498 Washington St., Monterey
Don’t be intimidated by its dark interior and dim lighting. This coffee shop cum arts space suits any mood with its three separate lounges—one including a stage that hosts a variety of events including open mic and comedy night. This charming coffee shop offers an extensive menu including a good selection of loose leaf tea, artfully steamed lattes and cappuccinos, beer—bottled and draft—and local wines, as well as house-made bites and local baked goods from Cypress Grove. But it’s the smiling staff and regulars that complete the experience, making sure you’ll walk out with more than just a cup of coffee in hand.