Top 5 Coffee Shops in Lake Forest

A Guide to Lake Forest Coffee Shops

Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders

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Near and dear to the heart of town, Bodhi is a hallmark among Lake Forest coffee shops, given its warm earthy tones, crafty wooden furnishings, comfy armchairs, sun-soaked windows, occasional live music performances, and tantalizing aroma of gourmet java that’s been diligently roasted on-site. The attention to detail that has gone into designing this adorable abode with a delightful balance of charm and utility makes it an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, and solo study sessions.

Java Bakery Cafe

Located along Lake Forest Drive, Java Bakery Cafe offers guests a warmly familiar atmosphere underscored by wooden seating arrangements, touches of greenery, speedy WiFi, and an outdoor patio graced with palm trees, shrubs, and umbrellas for shade. The pleasant decor serves as an accomplice to thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious coffee beverages like the Cinnamon Roll Latte, bagel sandwiches, breakfast burritos, wraps, and salads.

Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s maintains a reliable work and gathering space that features plenty of tables to sit down at and stay awhile, there’s also a lovely outdoor terrace shaded by umbrellas. The founder, Alfred Peet, wasn’t trying to start a coffee revolution when he set up shop in Berkeley back in 1966. He just thought Americans deserved a real cup of coffee.

Five decades later, his lone store has since blossomed into 200, each holding true to his vision: sourcing directly from the world’s finest estates, hand roasting to order in small batches, and making sure every cup is brewed as fresh and full-flavored as possible.

Bagels & Brew

Around the corner from Serrano Creek Park, Bagel & Brew provides patrons a relaxed yet refined culinary experience accentuated by gram-worthy brunch fare ranging from beloved bagel sandwiches and breakfast burritos to healthy scrambles and salads. Whether you’d like to settle into a cozy corner and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, dine al fresco with your furry four-legged companion on the patio, or try one of their iconic rainbow-colored bagels for the first time, whatever the case may be, Bagel & Brew has got you covered.

The Human Bean

Searching for a java outpost built on quality and speed? The Human Bean should be your next stop. The brand was originally founded in Ashland Oregon in 1998 and is now a national leader in drive-thru specialty coffee and premium beverages.


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