Newport Coffee Shops

People's Cafe

If you're in search of great Newport coffee shops to get your fix, look no further than People's Cafe on Thames Street. This is the city's newest cafe (as of this writing), located "where the People's Credit Union used to be", on Thames Street.


people's cafe newport ri

***Note: I always joke with my mother that Newport natives seem to describe the location of new businesses by telling you what used to be there. I make fun of her when she does this, but I'm guilty of it myself.

Since I always knew this building as my mother's bank, it's pretty cool to see what they've turned the place into. As soon as you walk in, you're greeted by the huge vault right in front of you, next to the counter.

people's cafe newport ri

They serve breakfast and lunch (breakfast buffet on weekends), with a nice selection of:

  • Pastries
  • Croissants
  • Bagels
  • Soups
  • Sandwiches
  • Coffee
  • Espresso
  • Tea
  • Cold beverages
I was pleasantly surprised at how good the coffee was. I'm a daily Starbucks drinker, but will definitely return here the next time I'm in town. My egg sandwich on an everything bagel hit the spot too.
people's cafe newport ri

There are plenty of tables in the main seating area and a few comfy chairs near the window (great for people-watching on Thames Street). If you walk up to the second level, there's a bar, another sitting area and some additional tables and space that can be configured any way you want.

If I had to guess, I'd say that this is the area where the bands play when they have live music here. You never know when you might walk in on a great event and great music, so if you're in the area, be sure and stop in.

people's cafe newport ri

This is the cozy little sitting area behind the vault door (sorry, the Credit Union didn't leave any cash behind). You can also sit at the bar on the right, where you can watch your food being prepared.

people's cafe newport ri

This is a great downtown location to host a private party or function. If you're interested in doing so, contact Vivienne O'Dwyer at 401-855-5534 or

people's cafe newport ri

People's Cafe
282 Thames Street
< Newport, RI, 02840

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