A Guide to Dubuque Coffee Shops
Near and dear to the heart of downtown, Charlotte’s is a locally beloved hallmark among Dubuque coffee shops, by way of its warm earthy tones set against exposed brick walls, ample seating arrangements, stunning woodwork, touches of greenery, cozy corners, and amenities for a productive day. In addition to soul-stirring seasonal coffee beverages like the Almond Joy Latte, their menu features paninis, toasts, breakfast burritos, acai bowls, and low-carb, protein-packed bowls.
This artsy enclave just a block or two over from lower Main Street offers guests a uniquely charming atmosphere underscored by several rooms speckled with eclectic furnishings and elements projecting their own individual character, poster-riddled cork boards, creative expressions, and an outdoor patio area displaying gorgeous murals above and below. Should you meander on into Monks at the tail end of an exhaustive work day, feel free to take a load off with a crisp beer, glass of wine, or cocktail.
Nestled on the breezy corner of Central and 18th, Devour serves meticulously procured coffee flights, pour-overs, french press, and cold brew amidst whimsical homey digs showcasing crafty wooden furnishings, musical instruments, beautiful art pieces, and trinkets throughout. Whether you’d like to sink into a couch or armchair and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe or stop by for breakfast amidst the familiar charm of a cozy neighborhood gathering place, whatever the case may be, this cafe has got you covered.
Snuggled amidst the gorgeous buildings lining Historic upper Main, stepping through the cherry red front door of Jitterz reveals a timeless old-west elegance dappled with detailed wooden accents, regional artworks, and ample furnishings. The picturesque decor serves as an accomplice to thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious coffee drinks, all-natural fruit smoothies, teas, and fresh baked goods made from scratch daily (gluten-free options available).
Located in the revitalized Millwork District – which was the beating pulse of the region’s economy during a time when timber floated down the Mississippi River and was used to create doors, windows, staircases, cabinetry, and more – Wayfarer is breathing new life into a small part of a former mill factory, providing patrons tasty takes on their usual caffeinated favorites, as well as delicious breakfast and lunch fare.
This bustling hole-in-the-wall shop just off Main treats locals and tourists alike to espresso drinks and delectable mini donuts. Regarding the latter, these aren’t just sitting around in a case all day, as a matter of fact, part of the experience at Habits is getting to stand by and watch the friendly folks behind the counter sprinkle and drizzle sweet toppings onto your personalized, made-to-order donuts.
This adorable double drive-through abode situated next to the Kennedy Mall is known for its wholesome hospitality, delicious coffee beverages made from air-roasted Organic beans, and aesthetic appeal. Moreover, they’ve got Organic tea, 100% crushed fruit smoothies, all-natural breakfast burritos, and freshly baked scones.
Convivium is a nonprofit whose mission is to improve life through food, that being said, they have a variety of well-maintained gardens on the property’s grounds and even tend to raised bed gardens throughout the neighborhood (Common Beds) where food is grown for the community – anyone can harvest from them! In addition to hosting your dreamy coffee date or brunch gathering, the interior can also function as an event venue, given its massive size, vaulted ceiling, numerous communal wooden tables, and masterful kitchen staff. Keep in mind, proceeds from the coffee shop go towards their non-profit efforts.
Another downtown gem, The Spot is a health bar dedicated to wellness, fitness, and providing a supportive atmosphere – which comes with games and comfortable seating. The staff maintains a tempting selection of shakes, teas, and coffee. Stop by for a balanced breakfast, lunch, pre/post workout boost, or just to hang out and relax.
A recent addition to the ever-budding index of Dubuque coffee shops, this walk-up java operation is the perfect grab & go stop to add to your morning routine. That being said, along with locally roasted Verena Street Coffee, they’ve got refreshing energy beverages utilizing zero calorie and zero sugar Bang Energy drinks.
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