149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 802-540-0060
Laptops and tablets are off-limits at this community-focused café — all the better to strike up a conversation over fresh croissants, soups, garden salads and sandwiches. Look for the baguette-carting Bread Bike in summer.
4 Carmichael St., Suite 101, Essex Junction, 802-878-1646
The production bakery’s gluten-free goodies include Outrageous Oatmeal Bread, Bodacious Brownies and Feelin’ Groovy Granola. Just waking up? Breakfast includes bagels, scones and quiche.
300 Cornerstone Dr., Williston, 802-878-5524
Chef-founders Jozef Harrewyn and Scott Sorrell have more than 40 combined years of experience; it shows in their frittatas, sandwiches, soups and salads. Don’t miss the pastries. Weekend brunch.
111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 802-310-7828
Pastry shop, café and cocktail bar in one, this posh “fine diner” was voted Vermont’s best new restaurant in 2017. Swing in, too, for a handmade CBD truffle. No dinner Sunday or Monday.
64 Main St., Montpelier, 802-225-6227
This airy community space brings together chocolate flights and cocktails, cheese plates and Jamaican fare, and live music on “Bacon Thursday.” There’s also a florist on-site whose wares are fragrant, though not edible.