Faire Cafe is a neighborhood cafe my husband learned about sometime last year. I had never heard of it because it is tucked into a block we haven’t frequented during our many visits to Delaware. As a result, I am not entirely sure how long they’ve been open, but a quick Google search showed me that they had reopened in 2021, and most of their social media accounts seem to have been created in 2019. It appears that Faire used to be a marketplace and cafe that sold groceries as well. Regardless of their history, all my husband had to say was, “There’s a coffee shop we haven’t tried in Delaware” and I was already onboard. Thus, one weekend in Delaware, we stopped by this cafe on a block near Market Street and tried it out to go.
While we didn’t dine in, naturally whenever we visit cafes, one of the first things I take a gander at is the interior. I typically like to see if it’s a place that’s friendly for people looking to work out of a cafe for the day or if it’s good for photography purposes such as if someone’s looking to take engagement photographs or headshots. What I can certainly say about this place is that it’s absolutely beautiful inside. The few pictures I snapped honestly don’t do it justice because I was too worried about appearing like a creeper taking them to really focus on the quality or quantity of what I took. However, it is truly a beautiful space.
The interior is sort of boho-inspired with the use of feathers, wicker, and rattan, but it also looks incredibly modern in some parts too. There’s some whitewashed brick behind the cafe register counter, which goes well with the wooden accents they have. The light fixtures are beautiful and remind me of something that I’d see inside a Serena and Lily ad or in some beach house in The Hamptons. There are two levels, so despite it being nestled within a block full of other vibrant businesses, it goes pretty far back and has a lot of seating space.
The Coffee & The Food:
This coffee shop truly cares about the quality of their coffee. I appreciate that they list not just the type of coffee blends they have, but also let you know where those beans were sourced. If you’re someone who wants to purchase coffee from shops that source their beans ethically, that’s definitely a plus to this cafe. They also choose their blends as opposed to just sticking with whoever from wherever. One day we wanted to get decaf coffee and when my husband asked if they had an iced decaf or a decaf cold brew, he said the barista shared that they currently don’t have that because they still haven’t found a decaf cold brew that they’ve liked and felt was good enough to sell in their drinks.
As far as their flavors, they have unique, seasonal flavors that they share such as their Rose Cardamom Latte, but if you’re not into that, they have quite a few syrups you can choose from such as vanilla, mocha, and even a salted lavender one, which was delicious. In fact, after having it, we both mentioned how despite it being a combination of flavors we’d never put together, it works very well together. It’s hard to review the coffee because there are so many options for blends that you can get, but I will say that the latte we had was incredible. I cannot remember which blend we ended up getting, but I’m sure if you have any questions about whether a particular flavor is tart or has certain notes to it, the baristas would be able to answer them for you.
The food was also great. There are SO many options to choose from on their menu, we haven’t tried everything but the spinach croquettes are one of my favorite things from the menu so far. It’s crunchy on the outside and soft and full of flavored goodness on the inside. The french onion dip that accompanies it is also very good and is made in-house, from scratch.
Would we recommend it?
We would definitely recommend that if you’re ever taking a walk down Market Street and looking for a place to stop for a quick bite and a coffee that you check them out. We’ve been there multiple times since trying them for the first time and we’ve always enjoyed our drinks. It is also a plus that when you go you know you’re in good hands.