Peace Love & Rocky Roast

Walking into Peace Love & Rock Roast feels like you are getting a friendly high five and a hug from the coffee fairy all at once. Cool vibe personified. Add the mellow jams of a bygone era (think “woodstock coffee shop”) and you finally have a caffeine vendor that is on the same “cool” level as you. But don’t worry about any physical confrontation — no high fives or hugs if you don’t want them — just a fresh warm (or cold) cuppa joe in your hand and the comfortingly familiar jams of 60′s classic rock.

On our visit, we ordered a glass of iced black coffee, an iced caramel latte, and a small cup of the “birthday cake” gelato. Coffee was refreshing and energizing, flavorful and cold, a perfect compliment to a productive day. Armed with a cold cup of caffeine, and inspired by the uplifting and chill vibes of Peace Love & Rocky Roast, we cranked out this very post you are reading.  Having no standard to compare the gelato to, I can only say that it was delicious. Definitely worth a try.

Three TVs stream soundless movies and retro shows in addition to the several 60′s themed murals and framed memorabilia adourning the walls. The establishment also includes a back room decorated with an oriental rug, gas fireplace, several comfy chairs, and various rock-n-roll coffee table books. Still not convinced? PLRR (as they are affectionately known by the local acronym junkies) roast their own beans AND makes their own gelato. Different flavors of this delicious frozen Italian treat are offered every day, but the most popular ones seem to be “nutella” and “birthday cake.” Other perks of this place include free wifi (the password will be on your receipt) and an abundance of outlets to keep that laptop charged up.

“Mellow” and “coffee.” Two words that are seldom found complementing each other in the same sentence….”kosher” and “bacon,” “gelato” and “southern,” “At&t” and “quality service,” just to name a few…But Peace Love and Rocky Roast is betting that it’s unique woodstock-inspired vibe and attentive service will keep customers coming back for it’s exceptional homemade gelato and freshly roasted coffee beans. Chalk another one up for locally owned Columbia, SC restaurants.

David & Sam

Principal Contributors and Designers at Capital City Eatz
We sample that new restaurant down the street so you don't have to, giving you an idea of what culinary treats await you in the Capital City! Team comprised of David Allen and Samantha August

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4 Responses to “Peace Love & Rocky Roast”

  1. Kathi Corbett
    January 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Nice review! will check it out!

  2. Jim Gambrell
    January 28, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    I’ve beel there several times and enjoyed the warm reception and cool surroundings. I like to grind my coffee in the morning and theirs was very good. They even mixed it half decaf – my way, actually treated me like a customer.

  3. Jeff Cruz
    March 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Sadly, Peace, Love and Rocky Roast closed on march 2nd.

    They are looking for a new location but no word on where or when.


    • capitalcityeatz
      March 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      We were sad to see them go as well. Great relaxing atmosphere and vibe.

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