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Step into 6 North Café and sample a variety of offerings from its plentiful menus. Whipping up palatable grub since 2005, this family-owned eatery percolates with a sizeable selection of coffee, breakfast items, and smoothies. Instead of chewing on an old-timey salted leather bootstrap, nosh on a turkey club sandwich with jalapeño cheese and avocado ($6.30), a honey chicken wrap ($6.50), grilled Reuben ($6.96), or a mixed fruit and walnut salad ($6.96). Although scampering atop busses at the crack of dawn in an adrenaline-pumping chase scene is one way to wake up, healthier alternatives include building a breakfast sandwich buttressed by a croissant, bagel, or toast while sipping on a variety of coffee bean brews and Italian sodas. Escape the doldrums of workaday coffee machines and partake in the café's WiFi hot spottery while munching on tasty grub with today’s Groupon.

2 N Sarah St
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Named best gelato by the Riverfront Times Restaurant Guide 2010, Gelato Di Riso tempts St. Louis-area denizens with a massive menu of frozen flavors, plus espresso, smoothies, baked goodies, and more. Eighteen flavors of gelato ($2.75 for 2.5 oz., $4.25 for 5.5 oz.) out of a total of 70 that rotate in and out make even the most decisive of diners pause in consideration, giving each order the suspense-fueled drama of a feline paternity test. Try the fruity felicity of blackberry, strawberry, or lemon, or overwhelm pleasure receptors with the decadence of chocolate hazelnut, dulce de leche, or classic chocolate. Sufferers of spoon blindness can beat the heat with the sippable satisfaction of a shake or smoothie ($4.95), and those who've already had their bones chilled by horror movies and college tuition estimates can warm up with a latte ($4.25 for a medium) or espresso ($1.75 for one shot).

5204 Wilson Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

In a city where every gooey butter cake claims to be the best, today's deal gets you the bestest, gooiest, butteriest, cakiest cake of them all, as determined in a brutal underground cake-fight tournament as gory as it was gooey. For $10, you get a 9"x13" gooey butter cake at LaFayette Square's Park Avenue Coffee­—a $20 value. You can only get one Groupon for yourself, so buy one for all your friends and rescue their babies from burning buildings so they'll feel obliged to share. You may redeem this Groupon starting Monday, December 14.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.

1919 Park Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

If you're not careful, a visit to Cafe Nova in the morning for a cup of espresso or frothy cappuccino could go for hours, which is perfectly acceptable as Cafe Nova serves Mediterranean lunches and dinners in addition to breakfast. Start off with a cup of coffee and a croissant drizzled in honey before moving on to crispy falafels, cucumber and feta rolls, and flaky spanakopita. Then, as dinner rolls around, feast on shrimp skewers, burgers, and paninis paired with glasses of wine, beer, or martinis from the full bar.

Still hungry? Try a dessert—such as baklava, cupcakes, or hot chocolate spiked with Bailey's—while relaxing and surfing Cafe Nova's free WiFi.

5611 S Kingshighway Blvd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

In the 1920s, Grace Viviano Piccione saw the first glimmers of Delmar Boulevard's impending heyday. At the time, it was a multicultural neighborhood, perfect for raising the four children she would have with husband and Italian immigrant Paul Piccione. Today, Delmar is part of the Loop—a thriving shopping district. But Delmar is still a perfect place for Piccione Pastry, the bakery founded by Grace's grandson Richard in her honor. Fittingly, its menu includes classic Italian cannolis, as well as a lighter version; pastries, tarts, and Italian tiramisu; and cookies, coffee, and espresso. The selection also includes gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free alternatives for customers.

6197 Delmar Blvd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

At Smiles Coffeehouse, the menu features a varied selection of sandwiches, salads, and, of course, coffee drinks. Baristas brew mochas, macchiatos, and iced coffee. Sandwich makers, meanwhile, stack roasted chicken breast, pesto, marinara, tomato, and melted provolone to make the chicken focaccia sandwich—one of seven signature sandwiches. If the caffeine boosts and savory sandwiches aren't enough to perk up patrons, bright yellow and red walls fill the interior like a sunrise or a sky with lots of paint in it.

3453 Hampton Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US