Best coffee shops in Howard County, MD: Roggenart at Savage Mill

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

One of my favorite coffee shops in Howard County, MD is Roggenart, European Bakery Bistro & Cafe. They have 3 locations in the county, Ellicott City, Columbia, and in Savage at the entrance of the historic mill. The latter is my go-to place because the ambiance is cozy and reminds me most of a little cafe in Europe. So when I need a latte fix or my heart is a little heavy with a bout of homesickness, I am headed to Savage Mill to spend some time at Roggenart. It always does the trick. 

Roggenart serves up the most delicious lattes, any flavor combination you can possibly imagine, and always has quite a selection of yummy pastries and quiches. Unfortunately, there are no dairy/gluten-free options for me, but my children absolutely love the pastries. The caramel schnecke is among their favorites because it tastes just like the ones in Germany. I can also highly recommend their breakfast/brunch options! It gets busy on the weekends though and you may not luck out with a table. If it's warm enough, there's a little patio out front where you can hang out for a few. 

Savage Mill, National Registry of Historic PlacesAfterwards, take a stroll through Savage Mill, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was beautifully restored and is home to numerous boutiques and small (artsy) businesses. Visit the antique center (it's quite large) and score a treasure there or at Charity's closet(s). There are a few other boutiques to browse through, the little bookshop and Artcraft are always places I have to stop in. 

Roggenart, especially its Savage Mill location, is hands down one of the best coffee shops in Howard County, MD! It's truly a little taste of Europe and just what this German expat needs at times. 

Roggenart at Savage Mill. Best coffeeshops in HoCo

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Comments (9)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I do love my Lattes, coffee or chai Andrea 🙂 Thank you for sharing your favorites…

Nov 27, 2023 08:44 PM
Andrea Bedard

If I could, I'd stop by Roggenart every day to get my latte fix, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS

Nov 28, 2023 01:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Andrea Bedard  having lived in Europe and learned to enjoy good coffee, I am very particular where I buy coffee:) now with that said I do have a favorite coffee chain where I buy the fresh coffee beans and make them at home ..... Peet's Coffee:)Endre

Nov 27, 2023 09:24 PM
Andrea Bedard

Peet's Coffee is delicious, Endre Barath, Jr., I know why you like it so much. For homebrews I get the good German stuff from Aldi :) 

Nov 28, 2023 01:59 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Andrea. When it comes to grabbing a quick cup Dunkin' does it for me. As for a favorite coffee shop, like Endre Barath, Jr. Peet's heads the list. Unfortunately the one closest to me closed during COVID. Still have the app on my phone. Enjoy your day.

Nov 28, 2023 04:03 AM
Andrea Bedard

That is such a shame that they had to close doors because of COVID, Wayne Martin. I stop in at Dunkins when I'm on the go, but I do prefer the atmosphere at Roggenart and the Mill.  

Nov 28, 2023 02:01 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great information regarding coffee shops. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Nov 28, 2023 04:32 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thanks, Bill! You as well. 

Nov 28, 2023 02:01 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Good morning, Andrea.
One of my very favorite things to do when I'm traveling is to find a nice little independent coffee shop and relax with a book or catch up on correspondence with friends.

Nov 28, 2023 04:36 AM
Carol Williams

I would love that, Andrea Bedard 
I'm sort of thinking about another trip in 2024 or 2025.

Nov 28, 2023 02:04 PM
Andrea Bedard

That would be awesome, Carol Williams! We would love to have you back here.  

Nov 28, 2023 02:10 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Carol Williams We would be delighted to have you visit again. Please feel free to come back anytime.

Nov 28, 2023 02:42 PM
Andrea Bedard

Now you know of a great one when you come through Maryland again, Carol Williams. Of course, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, and I will meet you there 😊

Nov 28, 2023 02:02 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That does sound like a nice place for coffee - coffee's a big deal where I am, so I bet a place like Roggenart would do well here.

Nov 28, 2023 04:43 AM
Andrea Bedard

It's a fabulous place, Kat Palmiotti. I'm a little envious that I can't have their pastries but I just sip on my caramel nut latte and enjoy that my children get to indulge. 

Nov 28, 2023 02:04 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Totally enjoyed your post, Andrea. I'm all about coffee! I find it sad that increasingly the kind of coffee shops you've featured are disappearing for the likes of Starbucks. One of my favorite things to do when in Europe is to enjoy the coffee shops and pastries.

Nov 28, 2023 05:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Carol Williams I don't think I'm in a Starbucks more than once a year... and then only because someone is a fan and insists on meeting there.

Nov 28, 2023 02:09 PM
Andrea Bedard

I was so excited when Roggenart opened their location at the historic mill, Nina Hollander, Broker. It's just the perfect place for an independent coffee shop, and I love seeing how popular and busy they've gotten. I hope they'll be around for a long time. I tend to avoid the big chains except when I'm on the road and there are no other options.  

Nov 28, 2023 02:05 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Carol Williams I give my Starbucks gift cards away! :)


Nov 28, 2023 02:24 PM
Carol Williams

Ditto, Nina Hollander, Broker... or if someone gives me a gift card.

Nov 28, 2023 02:16 PM
Carol Williams

I much prefer this kind of coffee shop (and the coffee) over Starbucks, Nina Hollander, Broker 

Nov 28, 2023 02:05 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Coffee shops are very popular but I rarely visit them since I am not a coffee drinker, haha.  Most of them have a nice green tea for me though!

Nov 28, 2023 06:11 AM
Andrea Bedard

I've never paid attention if Roggenart offers tea, too, Brian England. I meet up with a client/friend a couple of times a year for tea time at a different cozy and local coffee shop. Next time we do, I'll have to post another Best Coffee Shops in Howard County blog. 

Nov 28, 2023 02:09 PM