Coffee Shops in Loves Park

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The family-owned-and-operated shop brews sumptuous gourmet coffee and espresso while serving a plethora of sweet treats and tasty baked goods. Ordered weekly, Meg's coffee is always fresh and many are certified organic, with tempting roasts such as sugar plum berry, white chocolate mousse, and butter pecan ($1.55–$1.78 per cup). Meg's array of caffeinated concoctions includes blended smoothies, iced coffees, cappuccinos, and chai teas, covering the full range of the caffeine rainbow. Meg's menu features several fresh pastries and light lunches, including the ham and cheddar sandwich or feta-cheese-topped Meg's special salad. Visitors can indulge in a blueberry muffin ($1.97) while melting the icicles off their antlers in front of the fireplace at their Alpine location.

1280 South Alpine Road
Rockford,
IL
US

Flavors such as salted caramel, Bananas Foster, and chocolate-covered strawberry infuse the specialty lattes at Paradise Java & Ice, a café that the Cutler family opened in July 2013. Patrons can also sip fresh smoothies and or savor a signature treat—Hawaiian-style shaved ice. “[It's] kind of like a dreamsicle because the flavor from the ice drips and melts down into the ice cream,” Dan Cutler said of the dessert during an interview with Beloit Daily News. Rustic blond-wood furniture lines the café, and a cozy lounge area invites patrons to study, read, or connect to complimentary WiFi.

5312 Williams Drive
Roscoe,
IL
US

The smell of chocolate-chip cookies baking in the oven has a tendency to unleash waves of childhood memories, especially when those cookies are iconic Nestl? Toll House creations. At Nestl? Toll House Caf? by Chip, passionate bakers coax out these memories by using Nestl? products to create decadent desserts that taste just as satisfying as they did years ago.

The bakery's signature Toll House cookies appear prominently on the menu, with oversized versions serving as customizable cookie cakes. However, there's also an indulgent selection of oven-fresh brownies, macaroons, cupcakes, chocolate-dipped fruit, and ice cream sundaes, as well as other homestyle treats. Beverages, meanwhile, run the gamut from milkshakes to piping-hot espresso drinks made using premium coffees and steam harvested from Old Faithful. Whatever they choose, Nestl? Toll House Caf? by Chip encourages visitors to settle in, relax, and treat themselves for just a little bit.

1072 Spring Hill Mall
West Dundee,
IL
US

Over the past year, CamRock Cafe & Sport—in partnership with the Village of Cambridge and Capitol Water Trails—has transformed the Koshkonong Creek from a tricky maze of fallen trees into a clear and gentle waterway. Situated on the shore of the creek amid miles of meandering snowshoeing, mountain-biking, and cross-country-skiing trails, the café ensures that its clientele doesn't need to look far for something to do. The staff helps visitors take advantage of the terrain with bike, boat, gear, and Go-Go-Gadget 'copter rentals. Hosted events bring people together to explore the trails via bike and listen to live music back at the café, or take part in a yoga or spin class. After guests return from a sojourn, the café supplies them with more than 100 craft beers, toasted gourmet sandwiches, and Alterra coffee from the food and drink menus.

217 West Main Street
Cambridge,
WI
US

As a child in Modena, Italy, Andrea Chiappelli watched grapes slowly transform into balsamic vinegar on his family's aceteria. Growing up steeped in this landscape of Old World agriculture, it's hardly a surprise that he fell in love with the full, organic flavors that sprang from it. Yet it is surprising how his passion manifests itself. Andrea eventually left the Italian countryside to begin a career in mechanical engineering, and it's this talent that he uses to fine tune the gelato production at O' Sole Mio.

There, the team of Italian-Americans and Italian enthusiasts hand-make creamy gelato in more than 300 traditional and modern flavors, from sweet balsamic vinegar to ricotta with pear or salted caramel. These scoops come in a cup, a cone, or even a cup of hot chocolate made with melted squares of real milk chocolate. The staff also creates plates of cannoli and pasta to preempt sweet bites or pair with an Italian martini for a meal that transports mouths to Venice without requiring them to pack their taste buds in an overnight bag.

27 North River Street
Batavia,
IL
US

Amid a casual ambience, Ironworks Cafe slakes stomach suspirations with breakfast and lunch menus founded on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast-farers halt hunger with classic dishes, such as eggs benedict with ham served with your choice of side salad, fresh fruit, or potatoes ($8); or an Ironworks skillet stuffed with roasted potatoes, savory sausage, peppers, and onions, blanketed with pepperjack cheese and over-easy eggs ($8). For lunch, quiet midday stomach rumblings with a savory sandwich, such as the swiss-chard and oyster-mushroom melt ($8.50), or order your inner-brontosaurus a large spinach salad tossed with chevre, cucumbers, and toasted nuts in a berry vinaigrette ($5.75).

149 Waubesa Street
Madison,
WI
US