Places to Visit: Olive Avenue Market

Places to Visit: Olive Avenue Market

If you’re looking for a good place to grab some coffee and pastries in Redlands, Olive Avenue Market is the place to go. The small cafe is located on the corner of Olive Avenue and Michigan street and is just a five-minute drive from campus. Open every day of the week from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,  their menu changes depending on the day of the week. 

Coffee and tea beverages range from about four to seven dollars with specialty drinks like the fantastic new cookie butter latte changing based on the season. 

If coffee and tea are not your thing, their pastries and specialty snacks offer enough options for everyone, as they carry both vegetarian and vegan options as well. My favorite pastries have to be the s’mores bar, apple cobbler bar, and the peanut butter chocolate blondie. 

Their sandwiches and brunch are also delicious. My personal favorites include the grilled cheese (which is only served during lunch hours Monday through Thursday) and french toast. Everything on the menu is very affordable; a soda, chips, pastry, and coffee cost me only $12. 

If you’re interested in specialty sodas, this is also your spot. Olive Avenue Market carries a large variety of sodas in both cans and bottles, ranging from snozzberry soda to premade Shirley Temples in a bottle. For those 21 or older, their collection of craft beer and hard cider is more than enough reason to go. The Julian hard cider in the apple pie variety is one of the best hard ciders I’ve ever had. The collection of snacks is also vast, such as their large collection of Dirty Chips and candy. 

The cafe itself feels quaint, with a beautiful garden outside where you can sit at tables.  They also offer free wifi if you want to do homework while you’re there. It is the perfect spot for a study date with friends if you’re wanting to escape campus for a bit. If you are planning on going, keep your eyes out for a spot, as it is street parking only and always in high demand. 

Photo contributed by Bulldog photographer Michael Driscoll.