A freshly brewed cup of coffee is the perfect companion when wandering around historic downtown Springfield, Illinois. Whether you are a traveler who is always on the move or you prefer to linger in one place for a while, Springfield has a coffee shop that will fit your schedule and your need for a rich, fresh brew.
The Speedy Traveler: Grab-A-Java
When choosing between grabbing Starbucks, making a quick stop at McDonald’s, or running into the nearest gas station for a fast cup of joe, pull up to Grab-A-Java instead. Springfield’s first drive-thru gourmet coffee shop serves quality coffee and espressos from beans roasted in Oregon. With two locations, Grab-A-Java also serves chai tea, blended drinks and smoothies. Quick options for breakfast include fresh baked goods, oatmeal and yogurt parfaits, with chicken pot pie and hummus and pita chips for lunch. Hand-painted banners by co-owner Peter Lazare add to the drive-thru’s whimsical atmosphere. The banners are cleverly captioned, featuring phrases like “Coffee to Gough” with Vincent van Gough’s “Starry Night” in the background. Another banner was titled “Jack the Sipper,” accompanied by a dark silhouette in a trench coat holding a mug of coffee. While primarily a drive-thru, there are some outdoor seats. As the name implies, this coffee shop is the perfect place to “grab a java” when you are in a hurry but want a taste of Springfield, Illinois.
website|1702 S 6th St, Springfield, IL 62703|(217) 523-5282
Just Passing Through: Cafe Andiamo
Air plants suspended on weathered boards hang from the walls while rustic, repurposed furniture offer customers a place to rest. Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, this colorful coffee house and restaurant is the perfect place to stop on the way to see Springfield’s Old-State Capitol building or the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Cafe Andiamo serves Custom Cup espresso – a local roasting company in Springfield – in addition to chai tea, juice and cocktails. A large chalkboard behind the counter features a vegetarian-friendly menu including omelets, eggs, pancakes and quiches for breakfast. Appetizers include baked goat cheese and hummus, while there are a variety soups, salads, wraps, pizza and sandwiches available for lunch. The brightly colored walls, handwritten menu, antique furniture and occasional live music performances create a homey and hip atmosphere.
website| 204 S. 6th Street in Springfield, Illinois 62703|(217) 523-3262
Staying Awhile: Wm. Van’s Coffee House
Located across the street from Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield home and only a few blocks from the Old State Capitol building, this historic structure – turned coffee house – features large windows looking out over an expansive porch. The aroma of coffee, fresh pastries and locally grown food, combined with the structure’s rich character, creates the perfect atmosphere to relax and stay awhile. Wm. Van’s offers a variety of hot and cold beverages including classic espressos, cappuccinos, chai tea, smoothies and ice tea. Vegan options can be found on the breakfast and lunch menus featuring dishes with homegrown fruits and vegetables. Freshly baked pastries are offered throughout the day while the lunch menu varies from sandwiches, wraps, pizza, salad and more. Open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wm. Van’s is the ideal place to stop anytime during the day while exploring downtown Springfield. The historic building will enhance the authentic and antiquated feel of your trip.
website|503 S. 7th Street in Springfield, Illinois 62703|(217) 679-4726
Visit these three coffee shops for the creme de la creme of fresh brews. You’ll get lost in their intoxicating aromas and rich flavors!