Hidden in a cobblestone-laden cul-de-sac in Shockoe Slip, Shockoe Espresso resides next to Richmond's, if not Virginia's, most famous large advertising agency and within a block of a raucous young bar scene. Despite the whir of activity one would anticipate, Shockoe Espresso is an oasis inside, with tasty snacks, humidity-busting air conditioning, a relaxing atmosphere, endless espresso drinks, and perhaps the greatest milkshake under the sun.
The Shockoe Shake, as its known locally, and espresso shake, as it's listed on the menu, is a simple, yet outstanding concoction. Milk, ice cream, and a shot (or a few) of espresso combine to make this otherworldly drink, which gets better with every sip. While the price is steep ($5-6), and the pace in which it is created, unhurried, your patience will be rewarded.
Caffeinated, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, and refreshing, the Shockoe Shake isn't a drink, it's a transcendent experience.