Whether you want a chill place to sit & sip delicious coffee, or bring back a great travel gift, here are some of the best cafes the Windy City has to offer….
Now a nationally recognizeable force, Intelligentsia may be the best coffee served stateside. Whether it’s their distinct flavorful House Blend, or the memorable richness of the El Diablo Dark Roast, every cup is brewed to order & everyone should try one. 3123 N. Broadway Ave. Enjoy a hot cup in their spacious cafe & buy a bag of their fresh beans to bring back home.
If you find yourself in Wicker Park, check out the large cafe, Filter. They do not just stop with good coffee, they have terrific menu options like the highly recommended: sweet potato fries, the filter salad w/ chopped dates & toasted almonds, & hearth baked flatbreads. Plus, this place is littered with couches, tables, & chairs, so it’s easy to find a cozy nook to utilize their free wifi. 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Julius Meinl offers a taste of Austria on the northside of Chicago. Everything from the coffee to the pastries to the interior design is imported from Vienna. Described as a “civilized retreat” from the world, this cafe offers exceptional service, delicious desserts, and extremely tasty coffee. This is a perfect after dinner option. 3601 N. Southport Ave.
Check out Andersonville’s Coffee Studio, a sharp looking cafe with a minimalist approach to design, this place is great for sipping their locally roasted & hand-crafted blends. If you are in the market for a sweet treat, look no further than their vegan chocolate chip cookies & brownies. Just a few minute stroll from the charming shops of Swedish influenced Andersonville, 5628 N. Clark St.
Containing a chalkboard filled with different coffee beverages, The Bourgeois Pig is a neighborhood cafe that serves an extensive amount of great breakfast, lunch food, & caffeinated drinks. We recommend the Jamaican Latte which is served with a perfect amount of honey. Located at just a 5 minute walk from the hostel, stop here on your way to or from the Fullerton train station, 738 W Fullerton Ave.