Sometimes during your travels there might be need for a dose of caffeine. Or maybe you're just in search of a cozy nook in which to hang out for awhile. Take a look at some of the spots where you can enjoy a cup of whatever gets you going.
A local favorite, the New Orleans-inspired Chicory Café started with an anchor location downtown South Bend and has since added another in downtown Mishawaka. Its specialty coffees change by the season (we're partial to the cozy flavors as fall sets in) and the house blend keeps the regulars coming back. Don't forget to add some beignets when you're hungry.
If you're wandering the South Bend Farmers Market, chances are you'll smell DeLo's before stepping into the booth. Order a coffee to kickstart your morning then browse everything else the mom and pop operation sells, including several popcorn flavors and a variety of sweets.
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The General Deli + Café
Located in an old general store, the General Deli & Café is a cozy spot to sip an Americano, chai latté or tea. The General also serves up hearty sandwiches for breakfast or lunch.
Breakfast sandwiches? Yes. Baked goods? Yep. Lunch menu? That's right. And then there's the coffee, great coffee. Java Café, new to downtown South Bend on the main floor of the Barnes & Thornburg building, offers breakfast and lunch, plus fantastic coffee options.
What’s fresher than coffee straight from the roaster? Formerly Zen Café, Kodachrome roasts its own coffee and has a highly sought-after pour-over. They pride themselves on working closely with several other local businesses to incorporate unique flavors, like the Café Miel made with local honey from Unity Gardens.
The Local Cup
The Local Cup is a volunteer-run coffee shop located in South Bend's Near Northwest Neighborhood. This unique coffee shop runs on a “pay-it-forward” model, so pay what you can and enjoy a coffee or latté from locally sourced ingredients.
South Bend Chocolate Café
Yes, this downtown South Bend spot is better known for its hot chocolate. But the coffee is also worth your time. Better yet, order a local favorite — the kaffee wein. It's half coffee, half hot chocolate and a whole lot of goodness.
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A trendy coffeehouse east of the St. Joseph River not far from downtown, Sway has a rooftop patio open in the summer.
The Well Coffeehouse
The Well is a non-profit coffee house, run by volunteers, in South Bend's River Park neighborhood that supports community through local organizations. Hours are limited, but if it fits in your schedule this can be a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and local music.
Take Some of The Bend's Coffee Home
There are a couple local coffee companies worth knowing that don't have a brick-and-mortar location.
- Bendix Coffee: Can be found at several locations, including at Purple Porch Co-Op. PEGGS, the downtown South Bend breakfast spot, has its own blend.
- Importin' Joe's Ethiopian Coffee: Delicious coffee with a purpose, Importin' Joe's is a Black-owned coffee business that seeks to support local community initiatives and provide assistance to orphans in Ethiopia.