47 Maple Street, Burlington, VT, 802-861-3155
Maglianero Café is where the professionally employed indie crowd pedals on the way to work. It's in a basement café that was created to look like a bike messenger lounge. Actually, many customers drive or walk to Maglianero, as Vermont's metropolitan mecca is not host to nearly as many messenger cyclists as pick-up trucks delivering farm-to-table produce.
The café more closely resembles a funky cement library with large tables and cold corners that are brightened by the creativity and work flowing out of the patrons, who stay here for hours—longer than at any other Burlington java spot. The food selection will help the slim keep their figures and leave the rest of us famished, but the dog treats are in plentiful supply. Well-behaved pooches can come sit for hours with their owners. We wonder: Do they travel on doggie bikes?
First and foremost, this is a caffeine stop on the southern tip of Burlington's downtown close to the waterfront, inviting to those seeking some seclusion. The coffee creations are worth spinning wheels for.