Attractions November 20, 2015
These 13 Unique Coffee Shops In Missouri Are Perfect To Wake You Up
Sure, there’s a Starbucks on every corner, but what fun is that? There are actually, unique, locally owned shops throughout Missouri that offer a more interesting experience. Some sell books, have bakeries, display unique art, feature live music and so much more. Here are a few you might want to check out.
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1. Walkabout Coffee Shop, Nixa
Walkabout differs from your typical coffee shop by offering coffee procured from across the globe including Ethiopia and Guatemala. They also take on Australian culture including a unique “Aussie” food menu along with specialty drinks and smoothies.
Location: 1860 N Commerce Plaza
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 6:30 am-10:00 pm
2. Westport Coffee House, Kansas City
More than just a coffee house, the Westport has a “black box" theater located just below the coffeehouse that features comedy, theater and music. They are a non-smoking, non-alcoholic establishment that also provides live music upstairs Thursday through Saturday nights. In addition, it is a Cyber Café providing high speed Wi-Fi. Specialty drinks, exceptional coffee and grilled panini sandwiches are also available.
Location: 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-11:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am-12:00 am, Saturday 10:00 am-12:00 am, and Sunday
10:00 am-10:00 pm
3. Picasso’s Coffee House, St. Charles
Picasso's “The Art of Coffee” uses only the freshest locally roasted coffees. They serve lunch on weekdays 11am-3pm, and feature live music Friday & Saturday nights. In addition, they feature open mic every Thursday, and of course serve quality coffee drinks, wine, liqueurs, and craft and import beers.
Location: 101 N Main Street
Hours of Operation: Monday-Wednesday 6:30 am-9:00 pm, Thursday-Friday 6:30 am-12:00 am, Saturday 7:30 am-12:00 am, Sunday 7:30 am-5:00 pm
4. Foundation Grounds Coffee House & Cafe, Maplewood
Foundation Grounds is proud to be considered a “green” coffee house, using 100% Organic Fair Trade Goshen Coffee beans, farm fresh eggs along with locally sourced produce and meats and environmentally friendly to-go-containers. Their menu features breakfast and brunch items, grilled sandwiches, soups and salads, quesadillas, and kid’s menu items in addition to their extensive coffee and tea menu, hot chocolate and smoothies.
Location: 7298 Manchester Road
Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 6:30 am - 6 pm, and Sunday 7 am - 5 pm
5. Vintage Paris, Hollister
Vintage Paris is a quaint and cozy coffee shop in historic Downtown Hollister. They serve only their own hand-turned, small batch and craft roasted coffee from their own hand-built custom roaster. In addition, they offer organic loose leaf teas, fine wines, craft beer, cigars, and local pastries. Outdoor seating including a fire pit, and special events make this place like nowhere else in the area.
Location: 260 Birdcage Walk
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-10:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00 am-12:00 am
6. Cup ‘N Cork, Cape Girardeau
Located at the center of the historic downtown district, Cup ‘N’ Cork Coffeehouse and Café is Cape Girardeau’s only hometown coffeehouse. They specialize in gourmet coffees and espresso-based drinks but also boast a full menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as a mouth-watering selection of homemade desserts. This charming, funky, family-run coffeehouse & eatery hosts live music, cult/classic movie showings, open mic, and art studio nights. But that’s not all! In addition to its food and drink menu, they also feature an extensive collection of fine wines from around the world and have a semi-private meeting space with flexible seating for up to 25 guests.
Location: 11 S Spanish Street
Hours of Operation: Monday-Wednesday 7:00 am-8:00 pm, Thursday-Friday 7:00 am-9:00 pm, and Saturday 8:00 am-10:00 pm
7. Rise Coffee, St. Louis
Located in the Tower Grove neighborhood in St. Louis, Rise stands for raising awareness, hoping to awaken, build up and help the Grove community progress through sustainably crafted specialty coffee and baked goods from Cherokee street’s own
. They want to “encourage you to notice, appreciate, understand.” Appreciate the work that has gone into growing, processing and roasting the coffee, but also, “Grow your understanding of the challenges we face as a community, as a city, and know they are complex but not insurmountable.” They feature on their menu coffee and espresso, and other beverages as well as simple lunch options and delicious sweets as mentioned above. Oh, and they also have a coffee truck! “Coffee, Peace and Justice for All”
Location: 4180 Manchester Ave ·
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday: 8am-6pm, and Sunday: 8am-6pm
8. Three Story Coffee
Three Story Coffee has a unique relationship with the coffee bean farmers they work with and are interested in learning and sharing their incredible, often untold stories. They view them as partners and want to give them a fair and better than average price for what they produce and grow. Through Grounds of Hope, a non-profit mission organization, they work to engage and educate communities, churches and individuals to the idea that although coffee is grown and harvested in over 50 countries, most of them rank among the poorest in the world, and the farmers are often living in poverty, even though they are producing one of the most popular products worldwide. Available to order online, or visit the store to support this great cause, and enjoy some great coffee.
Location: 122 E Dunklin Street
Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm, and Saturday 9am - 2pm
9. Erin’s Coffee Shoppe, Winfield
Erin's Coffee Shoppe, a coffee shop with an Irish flare, is run by Irish natives Sid and Maggie Ritchie. Their breakfast is available all day, including an authentic Irish breakfast, The Ulster Fry. In addition, they serve authentic Irish home cooking and daily lunch specials like Irish Stew and Bangers & Mash, as well as delicious baked goods. Whether you lounge in their outdoor patio, Allie’s Parlor, Nancy’s Hideaway Dining Room, or the coffee shop proper, you are sure to enjoy a comfortable environment and great food. They also have dinner with Steak & Shrimp on Fridays and Family Feast Night on Thursdays featuring limitless family-style fixin’s. Also, don’t miss the Saturday breakfast buffet on Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Don’t forget the coffee! Choose your favorite blend of coffee, espresso or latte, and sit back and relax.
Location: 201 Main Street
Hours of Operation: Monday 6 am - 6 pm, Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday through Friday 6 am - 8 pm, Saturday 7 am - 6 pm, Sunday 8 am - 6 pm, and Breakfast Buffet Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
10. Java Jive, Hannibal
This might just be the coolest place to go in Hannibal. They have a little bit of everything including a coffee shop, a bakery, a deli, an ice cream shop, Wi-Fi hot spot, and even an art gallery right next door! Sit at a table, cozy up on a sofa or sit outside where in the afternoons and evenings you can hear live music from one of many local musicians. With a great coffee selection, suiting any taste, created by roaster Chauvin Coffee of St. Louis, Java Jive is proud to be family owned and in its fourth generation of roast masters.
Location: 211 N Main Street
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 7:00 am-9:00 pm, and Sunday 8:00 am-8:00 pm
11. Boji Stone Café, Coffeehouse and Bookstore, Chillocothe
Boji Stone is a truly unique coffee spot located on the west side of the square in downtown Chillicothe. Seemingly endless options of fresh brewed coffee, hot lattes, cappuccinos, frozen frappucinos and even fruit smoothies are prepared in front of you by a trained Barista. In addition, they also offer food such as pasta, grilled sandwiches, stuffed pitas, salads, and quiche. For dessert, enjoy homemade cheesecakes, homemade ice cream or tiramisu. Another unique feature is that Boji is a bookstore and they also sell interesting Boji-themed gift items, and don’t forget to ask about a monkey named Mooch.
Location: 612 Washington St.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Wednesday 7am-5pm, Thursday 7am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 7am-5pm, and Sunday 10-3
12. Oddly Correct Coffee Bar, Kansas City
How to describe the Oddly Correct Coffee Bar? I guess it would be the opposite of Starbucks. At the shop, they serve by-the-cup coffee brewing (chemex, pourover) and espresso extractions of intriguing coffees. They serve it in an all classic traditional sense - black coffee (no sweeteners or cream) and Shatto whole milk for the lattés. They also offer whole-bean coffee sales, and true to its name, you can find for purchase some hand-made prints and occasional baked goods. So good, our #13 gets their beans here.
Location: 3940 Main Street
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat:
7:00 am-3:00 pm
13. Quay Coffee, Kansas City
The quality of Quay’s coffee is due to their source of beans: Oddly Correct Roasters (see above). However, the décor and vibe is a little different. They have a large service bar, multiple tables in a pretty large space, even including a large meeting room. They strive to create an environment that is an extension of your living room, but with amazing coffee. In addition, they direct all of their positive cash flow back into local and global community needs, and throughout the shop you may notice signs promoting the organizations they support.
Location: 412 Delaware Street
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 6:30 am-8:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 am-4:00 pm
A coffee shop is usually a place you go to relax, but even if you are just grabbing a quick java to go, the quality of the service and the taste of the coffee make all the difference. Where is your favorite place to go for coffee? Share in the comments below.