113. Recess Coffee House & Roastery

Lately, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this whole “think local” initiative. I’ve lived in a lot of places, all throughout the country. From Fort Collins and Denver to Annapolis to Austin… and in each place, I’ve noticed a strong local community, but never as much as I have here in Syracuse.

I recently learned of all the cool things the businesses do downtown to help promote one another; from displaying local artwork to organizing festivals, etc… and it was a definite reassurance that this community supports one another in ways undefinable by other city standards. It’s great to live in a place that’s always striving to make the most of their surroundings.


Recess Coffee is one of those places that seems to be one of those hidden-gem-like spots. Up until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of Recess. I thought a friend of mine was talking about his time off from work as “recess.” I thought maybe he was trying something different. Then I realized it’s this quaint coffee house over in the Westcott Neighborhood that attracts students, young professionals and even avid scrabble players.

If you go to their yelp page, you’ll learn about how fantastic it is, from the service to the environment to the crowd.  Everyone loves it.

Their menu offers a variety of choices, I recently went there and was a little intimidated by the ordering system. Honestly, and this happens everywhere, how do people know what to put in their drinks? It seems like a foreign language to me! But, the person behind the counter was very friendly and helpful! You can even buy coffee to go, which is always a plus for those days you just can’t seem to get up there but you know you must have some recess.

Tip: There’s a Recess Mobile coffee truck stationed at various locations around Syracuse! Follow their twitter or facebook to learn of their daily spots!

location: 110 Harvard Place

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