Summer or winter. Rain or shine. Night or day. There's never a bad time for coffee! Whether you're an OD (Original Dubuquer-I'm going to make this a thing) and want a refresher, or you're looking to visit and want to know what you should hit up, here are 8 of the best coffee shops in Dubuque, Iowa!
Get your coffee fix at 8 of the best coffee shops in Dubuque!
What's to like? Not only do they make fabulous coffee and offer new and unique coffee drinks, but I also love their food selection too. Everything is delicious and there always seems to be something new you could try! They have gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options as well.
Come here for either breakfast or lunch. Or both. I won't tell. 😉 This is my go-to place when I want food on the healthier side without sacrificing taste. I like the Andie's Classic for breakfast and the Margherita flatbread pizza for lunch.
The interiors are super hip! Do people say hip anymore? Or is the word just "hipster" now? Asking for a friend...
Inspire is a good place to catch up with a friend, or knock out an afternoon study sesh by yourself.
2. Jitterz Coffee & Cafe 1073 Main St
What's to like? It should go without saying that every place on this list has great coffee. But what else does it offer? Cute interiors, breakfast & lunch, lots of coffee flavors, and located downtown on Main street where you could then go take your coffee and explore some of the cute shops!
Treat yourself to an iced mocha in the summer. Oh, and get a scone while you're at it, because who can resist delicious pastries?
Some say Jitterz is the best place, so expect a crowd. It's worth the wait though!
3. Habits Coffee & Mini Donut Co 1072 Locust St Suite A
What's to like? I mean, you had me at coffee, but then you throw mini donuts into the mix? Mama Maglione! Brooklyn Nine-Nine reference by the way. If you got it, we're best friends. But maybe you don't like good tv shows and you have no idea what I mean, but either way, I think we're getting a little off-topic here, so let's bring it back.
Go for the oh-so-delicious combo of coffee + donuts and stay for the small, but cute interiors and great staff!
4. Convivium Urban Farmstead 2811 Jackson St
What's to like? Gardens? Food classes? Community events? And coffee? Yep, I'm describing the same place! Their mission to create a community around food is really cool, along with the fact that the majority of what you eat there is grown right in their backyard!
You won't find tons of fancy coffee drinks here, but you do get your classic french press and pour-over. The chai tea latte (though technically not coffee) is made from scratch and one of my favorites.
5. Jumble Coffee Company & Schoolhouse Cafe 820 Wacker Dr or 4945 Asbury Rd
What's to like? Fresh roasted coffee beans, super cool vibes, a drive-through if your kid is screaming in the backseat (I know nothing about that), and cool redone interiors (while also keeping parts of the original schoolhouse) for you to chill, study, eat or chat! Do you see those cool wooden floors? They've got great breakfast burritos and even better sweet treats!
Oh, and just in case it couldn't get any better, there's a cute yet totally functional wood playground that your kids can play at!
6. One Mean Bean Coffeehouse 2728 Asbury Rd
What's to like? It's small but adorable! This welcoming warm coffee house with friendly staff has a cozy atmosphere. It also has some outdoor seating for the warmer months. I know it's technically not coffee, but they make a really good chai latte. Plus, how cute is the name?
7. East Mill Bakeshop & Catering 620 S Grandview Ave *Update- no longer in business*
What's to like? Though it's one of the smallest of this roundup, it's not lacking in any charm. The food and baked goods are good. Like, really good. Though they're more known for their baked goods, get one (or a thousand) and wash them down with a cup of coffee. Then, go walking down the ever so cute and picturesque South Grandview Avenue!
8. Charlotte's Coffee House 1104 White St, Dubuque, IA 52001
What's to like? The coffee and coffee drinks are more than just good, but I really like the selection of food too! It's the place to go if you like açaí bowls. If you've never had one before, think of it as one of the best fruit smoothies.
Though it's unfortunately down and out due to a fire, you can still get their coffee from their truck! You can be sure to find them at the Farmers' Market. They hope to reopen mid-summer this year (2019).
*2021 update- they're open for business!*
Whether these coffee shops are new or old to you, I think we can all agree that coffee is always a good idea! If you want a cool place to have amazing coffee drinks, then you can't go wrong with any of the options on this list.
I love to highlight an amazing local business, but if you're in a rush, there's always Caribou coffee or a drive-thru to get your dunkin' faves.
Dubuque, Iowa may be considered a small midwest town in the big old United States, but we have more than just great food, cheap eats, and of course, delicious hot drinks. The Dubuque Arboretum is a beautiful place, and if you're traveling around the area, check out this beautiful nature area in Platteville, WI, and all these cool spots in Iowa City.