I am convinced that the foundation of any thriving city, is a good coffee shop. They come in all different shapes and sizes, but there is a fundamental thread that ties them all together. A hometown coffee-stop always boasts of a solid selection of your coffee, espresso and tea drinks, and usually offers homemade baked goods. If you’ve got those two traits, you are good to go. Nothing big-business, maybe no fancy Starbucks sign, but a whole lot of quality and heart.
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For the town of Milford, DE, one such coffee shop does exist. It’s located right in town off of the main run on Walnut Street. Step right off of a brick-laid sidewalk and into the charming and warm, small-town-feel shop. On either side of the bakery you’ll find antique stores and boutiques… all creating the perfect setting.
It is once you step inside that Dolce’s Bakery and Coffee shop starts to work it’s magic. You’re immediately faced with a glass display hosting cheesecakes and other desserts. Then, as you walk towards the cash register, your eyes behold the most delectable, mouth-watering baked goods to ever grace your tongue. (I have personally tried most of them.) The home-made cinnamon rolls are borderline addictive, with their thick cream cheese frosting. The almond braids and cheese danishes are lavished with buttery, crispy, flavor. Then for a more guilt-free treat, there’s always the gluten free almond macaroons dipped in chocolate, or the gluten free cookies.
Dolce’s is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm. On Saturdays their hours are 8am-3pm. In addition to fresh baked goods they also serve ice cream, some lunch items, bagels, breakfast sandwiches and bottled drinks. The store itself is small, but couches are in one corner, bar stools in another, and a few tables in-front of the counter. If you can snag a seat, sit back and watch locals pour in throughout the day. Or you can take your goodies on a stroll across the Milford boardwalk right outside. The whole town is picturesque and Dolce’s is quite a treasure in the heart of it all.
For all of you coffee consumers out there, Dolce’s will not disappoint. The best part of it all, is Milford is the next big/little town on the rise. With plans for more restaurants and new construction in the eminent future, it’s a great place to live – close to the beach too! So while Dolce’s has a home-town feel, it’s sure to be apart of something big! Be sure to check it out on your next trip to Milford.
Shenae Andrus | Don Williams Group | DE Lifestyle Blogger