Going out for coffee can be many things…a time to relax, a time to be productive outside the office, a time to meet friends, a time to make memories with kids/grandkids, or maybe a combination of several of the above. Whatever your reason is, the Cedar Valley has a variety of local coffee shops to choose from.
Sometimes you find you need a place to get away from it all. Whether it’s cramming for that exam, checking emails, or preparing for a meeting, Sidecar Coffee has locations that can fit the bill. Their location on College Hill in Cedar Falls is close to the UNI campus and a quiet spot to study or to meet a friend. If you’re looking for an office away from the office, check out their two Waterloo locations, one on Ridgeway Avenue and their newest location in the historic Wonder Bread building in downtown Waterloo. They offer local, handcrafted coffee and housemade treats too.
Let’s face it sometimes you don’t want a cup of coffee, you need that cup of coffee to get you going in the morning, for reinforcement before your big meeting, or for that afternoon pick-me-up. A stop at your local coffee shop is the perfect place to clear your head, enjoy a warm beverage, a tempting treat, and free Wi-Fi. With their motto ‘Don’t work, be happy!’ Cottonwood Canyon will leave you feeling just that. Located in both downtown Waterloo and Cedar Falls, it is a unique and colorful shop where every drink is made to order including their drip-brewed coffee. They feature freshly roasted coffee, home-baked pastries, lunch-sized sandwiches, salads, wraps and rice bowls.
Where Good Friends Meet
Life is busy with work, kids, social obligations…you name it, so sometimes you need a place where you can spend some quality time with your friends (or family). Cabin Coffee on Kimball Avenue in Waterloo offers warm smiles, fresh aromas, and a cozy atmosphere to sit down and stay awhile. You can enjoy your favorite drink or a delicious breakfast or lunch. They consider themselves an upscale coffee house designed to serve coffee lovers and non-coffee lovers alike. They also have a kid’s corner to keep your little ones occupied while you chat.
Whether it is a date with your special someone, or a date with family or friends, Cup of Joe, in downtown Cedar Falls could be your ideal destination for catching up. This one-of-a-kind espresso bar has a 1950’s flair and features fair-trade and organic coffee, local pastries, and weekly live music events. They also have a great selection of board games for everyone’s enjoyment. If you don’t find one of their delicious, locally-made treats tempting, you can venture down the street and give the chocolates or gelato at Chocolatier Stam, popcorn at Here’s What’s Poppin, or cupcakes and cookies at Scratch Cupcakery a try.
Not a Coffee Fan?
Is tea more your style? Then look no further than one of our two, local tea shops.
Laughing Tree Café, located inside the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, specializes in hand blended loose leaf tea. They serve a lunch of soup, sandwiches and salads Tuesday through Friday. They can also cater your next meeting or event.
The Tea Cellar is located below Basket of Daisies in downtown Cedar Falls. They offer loose leaf tea as well as tea accessories. Their cozy café is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy one of their many delicious treats.
- Annette Freeseman, Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau
Photo Credit: Cup of Joe photo courtesy of Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau.