Hot. Cold. At World of Coffee and Tea, these polar opposites exist in perfect harmony, filling out either side of the menu with more than a dozen different concoctions each. On the hot side, potable doses of energy come in the form of coffee and steamy espresso drinks such as chai lattes and apple cider. Likewise, chilled elixirs include everything from iced tea and frappuccinos to fruit smoothies. Homemade muffins, pastries, and sandwiches complement the drinks, and visitors can retreat to a cozy lounge area with a newspaper to read the day's wacky anagrams from the president.
Formerly known as Chocolate Perks, 45 On Main now has its own sweet reputation in the Duluth community. The staff brews coffee and espresso drinks, makes fresh sandwiches, and bakes desserts to satisfy sweet teeth that draw up picket lines across the tongue when they don’t get enough sugar. The eatery also curates wine tastings for guests, sometimes pairing its pours with cheeses or other complementary snacks.
White walls and a red-topped bar—this minimalist decor distinguishes Boga Taqueria's interior, but the restaurant's cuisine is anything but simple. The staff serves tapas South American–style, which means they’re shared. The kitchen staff may pack these plates with grilled pizza topped in panela cheese or the signature Boga ceviche: fish that chefs cook in citrus and serve alongside crispy chips. Solo dishes are also available—slow-cooked pork and tacos are stuffed like envelopes with everything from fish and steak to marinated credit card offers. Bartenders pour wine and other beverages to complement these South American meals.
On the surface, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House is just selling coffee?albeit high-quality coffee brewed using a French press, pour over, or Chemex. But look deeper and the cafe's true mission has more to do with creating community, both locally and globally.
A spacious outdoor patio and free WiFi give regulars a reason to stick around and enjoy classic coffee drinks, signature carminallas, and lattes that, with their intricate foam art, are perfect for hanging on the wall. Thursdays feature wide-ranging trivia contests, and live musicians enliven the space on Fridays and Saturdays.
And beyond the coffeehouse premises, Land of a Thousand Hills works to strengthen communities abroad. Its Rwandan coffee beans are sourced from growers at higher-than-fair-trade prices. The cafe also invests profits in community projects in Rwanda, such as a sustainable farm for orphans and a soccer field.
At Lulu’s Bakery, students learn the art of decadent desserts in five weekend baking classes taught by Chef Rawl, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York. Teach fingers to shape truffles of two varieties, mold caramel treats, and slip a chocolate coat over toffee's shoulders in the chocolate candies class. Dough reinvents itself as edible art in the sweet and savory tarts course, tastily enveloping quiche, creating a chocolate short crust around delicious ganache filling, and forming pastries more elegant than a powdered-wig fight. A bakery breakfast class teaches a.m. eaters how to construct fruit and cheese danishes and bake buttery scones, while a French desserts class whispers the mysteries of the crème brulee and the éclair into ears hungry for pastry knowledge.
October 4, 1957, wasn't just the start of Rebecca Pickren Thomson's life; it was also the day that Sputnik I was launched into space. Since that day, the two have been intertwined, with Rebecca collecting any Sputnik paraphernalia she could find. So it's no wonder that when she opened her frozen yogurt shop, she chose to name it and design it after her pet obsession. At Sputnik's Yogurt, her collection of Sputnik mugs, models, and posters create a retro yet futuristic '50s vibe for clients creating their own custom frozen yogurt treats.
While the flavors of frozen yogurt change daily, the store always features a range of sweet and tart yogurt and non-dairy sorbet options, such as the tart California lemon to the chocolatey candy bar smash. Customers can outfit their chosen fro-yo with more than 40 toppings, which includes healthy options such as nuts and fruit, as well as more decadent candy, hot fudge, and marshmallow topping.