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.
Either way, coffee shops abound in The Bend. 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 right in the heart of downtown South Bend and has since added a location in downtown Mishawaka as well. Its specialty coffees change by the season (we’re partial to the cozy flavors as fall sets in) and it’s house blend keeps the regulars coming back. In addition to freshly brewed coffee and lattes, Chicory serves made-to-order beignets. We heartily endorse having them at any time of day.
The newer Mishawaka location boasts all the favorites from South Bend — great coffees, delicious food, the beignets, gelato, you name it. It’s also home to a large patio for those summer days and sits near the St. Joseph River. From here, you can explore any of Mishawaka’s riverside parks.
De Nolf’s Coffee House
South Bend’s newest coffee spot, De Nolf’s is also perhaps its most unique. The coffee bar is part of a building that includes the flagship barbershop and a section for browsing and buying quality antiques. The whole space has an old school, relaxed atmosphere that invites you to browse or hang around for awhile.
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. One you absolutely have to try — the hand-dipped caramel apples.
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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. Feeling hungry too? In addition to delicious beverages, The General also serves up hearty sandwiches for breakfast or lunch.
The Local Cup
The Local Cup is a volunteer run coffee shop located in the Near Northwest Neighborhood of South Bend. 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. There’s also the fact that you can satisfy your sweet tooth or grab goodies to go in the chocolate shop. Yet 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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The Well Coffeehouse
The Well is a non-profit coffee house, run by volunteers, that supports community through local organizations. The Well offers limited hours. But if it fits in your schedule, it can be a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and local music.
What’s fresher than coffee straight from the roaster? Zen Café, which has two locations in South Bend, 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.
One More Coffee Idea…
Although Bendix Coffee doesn’t offer its own café, you can find this locally roasted coffee at several locations around The Bend. Start your morning off with a cup at Peggs, The General Deli & Café or grab a bag at Purple Porch Co-Op to enjoy at home.