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It’s no secret that I love coffee. I make it every morning, and when I travel, it’s one of the first things I look for upon arrival: an adorable coffee shop (bonus if it has food). I’ve spent my fair share of time in coffee shops, think months worth of time, reading, doing Internet things, and just hanging out. Here are some of my favorites from around the world.
The Goat Coffee House – Eau Claire, Wisconsin
336 Water St.
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
I love this little coffee shop. The sandwiches are delicious! I’d recommend the Peppadew, no turkey, with spinach, goat cheese, and hummus. (I’m sure it’s still delicious with turkey, I just haven’t tried that.) It can get pretty busy during the school year with people doing homework, so keep that in mind if you plan on visiting.
Raw Deal – Menomonie, Wisconsin
603 South Broadway
Sun.: 9AM – 6PM
Mon. – Thurs.: 6:30AM – 8PM
Fri. & Sat.: 6:30AM – 10PM
This was my go to place to do homework in college. Everything is raw vegan, except some of the coffee that has milk in it. They brew their own beer now and also have wine. This place is huge and awesome and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon reading, writing, or playing one of the many games they have. They also have events on a pretty regular basis. I love this place.
Publik Coffee Roaster – Salt Lake City, Utah
975 S West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Mon.-Fri.: 7AM-6PM | Sat.-Sun.: 8AM-6PM
This is my go to coffee shop when I’m in Salt Lake for anything. I spent so many hours here before going down to Bullfrog. The coffee is delicious, the atmosphere is enjoyable, and they have a small food selection as well.
Blue Copper Roasters – Salt Lake City, Utah
179 West 900 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mon. – Fri.:6:30AM – 7PM
Sat. – Sun.: 7:30AM – 7PM
So, these aren’t Blue Copper. I don’t actually have any pictures of it. The first is the Temple in Salt Lake, the other is in Park City. Sorry. This is a cozy little shop that I went to on accident when I was looking for a restaurant which ended up being right across the street. Oh well. They have delicious coffee, not tons of seating, but enough, and lots of coffee brewing accessories and tools.
Atticus Coffee, Books, and Teahouse – Park City, Utah
738 Main St
Park City, UT 84060
Winter hours: Daily 7AM – 6PM
This place is so cozy and they have delicious sandwiches! The coffee is wonderful and they have all kinds of books for sale and some little gift type things. This is right on the main street of the cute Park City downtown area. I would definitely recommend it. Seating is a bit sparse, though, and you do have to pay for parking. Just so you know.
Kelly on the Gros Ventre – Kelly, Wyoming
4490 Lower Gros Ventre Rd
Kelly, WY 83011
Closed in the winter, here are the summer hours:
Mon. – Sat.: 7AM – 5PM
Sun.: 10AM – 5PM
This place is so cute and delicious. And you might even see bison in the area! They have an awesome view of the Tetons and are the perfect place to eat if you’re camping in Gros Ventre, which I would totally recommend. The sandwiches are huge and the iced coffee is refreshing in the summer heat.
La Terraza – San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
+502 4720 1590
Mon. – Sat.: 8AM – 5PM
I ate here SO MUCH. The smoothies are super delicious and wonderfully cheap. The food is tasty and the view is unbeatable. They have delicious breakfast and lunch food. The iced coffee is wonderful. The shop itself is really cute. What I’m saying is, GO HERE.
El Gato Negro – San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
505 8819 7093
Open daily: 7AM – 3PM
The brownies here are heavenly! They have tons of food for breakfast and they’re pretty delicious, along with the passion fruit juice. The menu is pretty much a short book, which they have tons of, but watch out, if you’re reading one of their books, they will tell you to buy it or stop reading. It’s not a library. The wifi is a little spotty. Weird book rules and wifi aside, I spent a lot of time here and really enjoyed the food. They also have coloring stuff and tarot cards to use (without getting yelled at).
2F, No.65 Chengdu Rd
The name and address in Chinese, just in case.
I didn’t try the food here, but the brown sugar latte and other coffee beverages were delicious. I wasn’t a huge fan of the matcha latte, though. The atmosphere is relaxed and the design of the cafe and all of it’s things is really fun. One of my visits there they gave me a few postcards to write that they would send, so that was kind of exciting.
No. 8 Jieyue Street
Hualien 970, Taiwan
Again in Chinese just in case:
I couldn’t find the hours for this.
I went here two of the mornings I was in Hualien. I took a taxi from my hostel, Colorful Taiwan, costing about 200NTD (I think), and then I would wander around and walk back in the afternoon. The breakfast I has was a little weird, and the menu is only in Chinese, so be prepared or be spontaneous. The coffee and ginger milk tea was delicious. I spent a couple hours here reading both days. It’s a good place to go in the morning before heading to the Hualien Cultural and Creative Industrial Park. This is better to go to on weekends as more things are available.
Taito 111-0035, Tokyo Prefecture
I looooved this place. I feel like I went there more than two mornings, but I could be wrong. The iced coffee is fantastic, and I wish I could drink it right now. They serve vegan and vegetarian friendly food, which I never had but it all looked wonderful. Everyone that went there was friendly as was the owner. Foreigners also get a discount, which was exciting. I didn’t take any pictures inside, but those things were in the alley right next to it.
〒 605 0805 Higashiyama-ku
Kyoto-shi Yamato Oji Road Avenue Shijo Shimouru 3
chome Hakata cho 68
(I’m not actually sure how that address should be separated)
Closed Tuesday and third Wednesday
Thurs. – Mon.: 12PM – 9PM
I found this one day when I was wandering around trying to find a temple. I couldn’t find it and ended up at a different one, then here. I am so glad! I had a taco bowl thing which was just what I needed, without the ketchup. The iced coffee is wonderful and the atmosphere is super laid back. It’s a cute little cafe that can be hard to find. It’s down an alley and tucked back a little bit. I passed it and went back to see what it was.
Cafe Bibliotec Hello – Kyoto, Japan
650 Seimeicho Nijo Yanaginobanba Higashi iru
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0951, Kyoto Prefecture
I got us horribly lost on our walk here, but once we got there the coffee was delicious, the couch was comfy, and it was generally a cozy place. There are books allover and plenty of seating. The wifi was good, too. I would have gone back here if I had more time in Kyoto, but unfortunately I was a bit limited.
How to have a more green coffee experience:
- Bring your own travel mug if you want it to go. Get a ceramic one to cut down on plastic use. I would highly recommend watching Plastic Paradise on Netflix.
- If you’re staying there, ask for it in a ceramic mug instead of a paper cup. If you’re at a coffee shop at home, bring your own mug if they don’t have them.
- If you get a pastry or something at, say, Starbucks, and plan on eating it there, ask for it on a plate instead of in a bag that would just get thrown away right away.
Have you been to any of these? Which ones? What are your favorite coffee shops?