Fiddlehead Fern Café

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If you follow my Instagram, it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Fiddlehead Fern Café. The coffee shop just opened about a month ago in Shaw, one of my favorite neighborhoods in St. Louis.

I wrote about Fiddlehead Fern a little bit after they opened, but I decided to devote an entire post to them. I’ve been there a few times now and each time I go, I like it even more. Call it true love, exceptional service, or just a really good coffee shop concept, but I’m addicted.

Shaw is a beautiful, vibrant neighborhood with a few delicious restaurants, but up until now, there wasn’t really a local coffee shop. Fiddlehead Fern changed that. The café is located where a gas station us to be on a quiet residential corner of Shaw. If you walk in either direction, you’ll see rows of historic brick houses and big, leafy trees. Especially during the fall, it’s a very picturesque spot.

Fiddlehead Fern picks up on the neighborhood vibe and enhances it. The interiors are light and airy with photos of flowers on the wall. There’s a tiny vase filled with water and real cut flowers on each table. You almost feel like you’re walking into a greenhouse.

Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 8.28.12 AMThe ambiance in Fiddlehead Fern is peaceful. Usually coffee shops are noisy and blare some kind of music. I’m all for those experiences but sometimes, I just want to go somewhere and be able to write and read and hear myself think. Fiddlehead Fern is my new go-to spot for that.

Also, the coffee is AMAZING. There is a full espresso menu and you can add flavored syrups. I like to get the lavender rose syrup in a cappuccino, but I might start switching to chocolate when the weather gets colder. All the drinks are prepared with care. The top is so intricate that I almost don’t want to drink it, but I always do.

Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 8.27.35 AMIf you go to Fiddlehead Fern, don’t walk out without trying their food. There’s a full bakery selection to the left of the register with homemade scones, chocolate croissants that I weep when I think about, and cookies from a local bakery.

Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 8.28.43 AMThe café also offers a selection of toasts. I got the avocado toast yesterday and it was delicious. The bread is made by a local baker, Joey Vitale, and it’s very crusty and fresh.

Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 8.26.14 AMSo yeah. If you’re in St. Louis, I’d definitely recommend checking out Fiddlehead Fern Café. It’s a chill place to read, work, or write, the coffee is on point, and the food will make you want to stay there and eat all day. I think I basically just described heaven.

Here’s a song that reminds me of Fiddlehead Fern Café. It’s good for moments when you can’t find quiet so you plug in your earphones to try to find your zen place.

About Emily Wasserman

Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer based in St. Louis. If I was stranded on an island and could request three items of food, they would be avocados, Halloumi and chocolate croissants.
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