Ouch. You without your daily cup are not a pretty sight. Here are a few places to get that much-needed java jolt.
Since fancy-pants Parc gets swamped on Saturdays and Sundays, go for a leisurely visit during the week. Watching working stiffs scurry to the office will make you feel like you’re on a mini vacation (and the complimentary gourmet cookie with each espresso is quite a treat).
Looking to skip coffee breath and a bad case of jitters? Drop by newly opened Cups & Chairs for a welcome alternative. Kylie Tsai, the brains behind the Zen-like space, steered us toward Mate Carnival, a highly caffeinated blend of tea loaded with marigolds, broken coffee beans, and sunflowers.
Bulletin boards cluttered with fliers and indie and classic rock in constant rotation make Beauty Shop Cafe the classic neighborhood spot. But don’t be fooled by the laid-back atmosphere. Owner Jon Adler is tops at pulling the perfect espresso shot. Plus, his bartender-like talent for remembering your order will have you going back again and again.
Everyone knows about your jones for java. From the looks of that gummy bear stash, you’ve got a massive sweet tooth as well. Kill two birds with one stone with Naked Chocolate Cafe’s decadent frappes. Though they may be a week’s worth of calories, the slushy drinks topped with gobs of whipped cream are worth it. Not thirsty? Take home a handful of chocolate-coated espresso beans for an afternoon pick-me-up.
If tossing cup after cup in the trash has you feeling a little guilty, head to Good Karma Cafe. The ecofriendly joint uses corn-based plastics to contain your fair trade and certified organic sips. Come October, look for a second outpost right in the heart of Antique Row.
Photo: Courtesy of Starr Restaurants
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