On a recent trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin, I felt the need to roam and go in search of a coffee shop where I could sit for a few hours to work in peace and experience a bit of local flavors. I didn’t have to walk far to find The Attic.
Located on a side street, near the river Seine, this gem of a coffee-house is not terribly conspicuous unless you were specifically looking for it or happened to walk by and see the red sign out front.
I scheduled my writer’s meetup at this café, sight unseen, for the single reason that they had gluten-free goodies and vegan options for some of my regulars. None of us had ever set foot here, but as we filed out the door three hours later we agreed we all loved it.
If you saw a piano, a fireplace, couches, some books, tables with reading lamps, and maybe a few board games, you might be in someone’s living room. But if that living room had black walls, local art, a skull, and amazing coffee beverages that rumble across your table every time the red line train passes by, you’d be at Emerald City Coffee House.
Dollop is a bit of an institution in Chicago, if independent coffee shops can be institutions. It’s 11 years old and it has eight shops all over town, but my writing group has a special relationship with it because the first meetups used to be held at Dollop Buena Park some years ago. Continue reading
The Perfect Cup in Ravenswood is a lovely, unassuming café on the corner of Damen and Leland. It has outdoor seating.