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 used 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.
The 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.
If 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.
The 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.
So 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.