Let's face it. It's hard to get through the day without a cup of joe. It's even hard to finish this sentence without a caffeine break. Here are the best coffee destinations around Lakeshore East.
This coffee and wine bar offers different atmospheres depending on the time of day. In the morning, The Drunken Bean is a counter-service coffee shop, with delicious breakfast options and coffee drinks featuring local company Dark Matter Coffee. In the afternoon and evening, they transition to a wine bar, featuring vinos from local vineyards. They also regularly host performances by up and coming musicians. So you can sip your brew while supporting local companies and local artists.
Two Zero Three
On the ground floor of the Virgin Hotel is Two Zero Three Coffee and Wine Bar. Named for the address number of the hotel, this java spot is good for a quick cup on the go or a leisurely drink while reading a book or having a conversation. Two Zero Three offers guests plenty of seating, with a good mix of couches, bar seats, and tables.
Intelligentsia may be the only multi-city chain coffee shop on our list, but Chicago is where it all started. Intelligentsia has earned a spot on multiple best-of lists and has cultivated award-winning baristas. They were an early adopter of Direct Trade practices, partnering with small farmers in coffee producing countries to provide the freshest, most sustainably sourced beans possible.
For a taste of Italia, check out Caffè Rōm. This European inspired espresso venue showcases traditional Italian classics like Macchiatos and Cappuccinos. You can also indulge in Italian eats, like the Jojo panini, with savory prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, and marinated artichoke hearts. Top off the meal with a creamy, fresh-made gelato. Get your fix of jitter-juice while enjoying a taste of the Mediterranean.
Find your way to one of these java joints to grab a quick cup of joe or to spend an afternoon working or relaxing with a velvety latte. With so many choices in Lakeshore East, coffee-holics can rejoice!