Ask a Local: An Insider’s Guide to Burlington, Vermont


Magdalena Van Dusen, co-owner of Brio Coffeeworks, assumed that she’d settle in Washington, DC. She and her husband had both lived there for 15 years, and they loved watching the food and coffee scene grow year after year. But, after a few trips up to Burlington to visit his parents, and a few terrible cups of coffee while there, they were wooed by the natural beauty, laid back vibes, and opportunity in Vermont. Now they own a roasting operation and coffee community hub in Burlington and stay on top of the coolest new spots—from experimental breweries and ice cream shops to trivia nights and heirloom grain bread baking classes.

Where should we stay?
Hotel Vermont is what I think of as a local’s hotel, which sounds kind of funny but I’ve never experienced a hotel that’s as likely to be visited by people from the city as it is by tourists. Little tip: They host fun events during the week—like trivia night—that locals go to. If you’re Airbnb-ing, I’m a little biased because I live there, but I’d say the South End.

The gouda melt at Pingala Cafe. Photo: Courtesy of Pingala Cafe

Where to grab breakfast?
On the weekend, go to Juniper, which has a creative menu with delicious food. The menu rotates seasonally, but when they have it, I get the mushroom-cheese toast or eggs Benedict. I also love the brunch at Pingala Café, a vegan spot that even a meat-eater would love. Its Broccoli Bar and Carrot Cart are the way to go. In the summertime, I’ll get breakfast at the Burlington Farmers’ Market, because there are so many places to eat in one concentrated area.

Great cup of coffee?
Scout and Company is wonderful. It has several …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit