La Sombra perks up tired taste buds with a bevy of beaned beauties alongside an assortment of savory stomach fillers. Caffeine cravers can stock up on cups of brewed coffee, sips of espresso, and slurps of lattes, all of which sport the café's small-batch-roasted beans ($1.25–$4.47). Those craving more solid states of matter can peruse La Sombra's menu of breakfast and lunch edibles, including the breakfast egg sandwich, which comes with your choice of sausage or bacon nestled between the doughy arms of a croissant or english muffin ($3.50), and the tuna-stuffed pita, donning a charming crown of alfalfa sprouts ($6.45). Eaters can also always opt to skip the arduous task of chewing for the audibly pleasurable duty of slurping with the soup of the day ($3.50 for a cup, $4.50 for a bowl).
Included in Rand McNally and USA Today’s annual “Best of the Road” list of top local destinations, Penny Lane Coffeehouse beckons travelers, commuters, and café denizens alike with its organic, fair-trade coffee and other steamy sips. Sleep-fogged cerebellums perk up with java and a dollop of organic cream or milk squeezed from 100% organic milk berries. Yellow-, orange-, and red-toned walls hung with artwork flank a chalkboard menu of liquids free from the viscous grasp of corn syrup. Patrons can absorb the sounds of classic rock, jazz, and old-school hip-hop or retire to the couches of a cozy reading corner with a fully laden bookshelf maintained by a caffeine-fueled book imp.
Myriad coffee and tea options pair with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options galore inside Miscellanea House. In this relaxing cafe, guests can satisfy sweet teeth with gourmet chocolates, scones, and waffles piled high with fruit. But not everything here is sweet, the cooks also whip up gourmet sandwiches and thin-crust pizzas. In the evening, guests can soak in local music as they grab a bite to eat, read while sipping a cup of tea, or just relax in a place that isn't home, where the mail man knows where to find you.
A love of their community inspires Laura and Quincy Land, owners of The CoffeeHouse and Salon Systems. At their cozy café, they serve up piping-hot beverages culled from imported, fair-trade beans. Putting her expert barista skills to use, Laura meticulously brews drinks such as chai tea and cappuccino that tastily complement the freshly baked desserts she crafts daily. Adjoined to the coffeehouse is a quaint salon, where guests can enter to get milk mustaches trimmed after their meal.
Being the first espresso bar in St. Louis had its drawbacks. When The Brevé Coffee Company opened its doors in 1995, the concept of a latte was unfamiliar to most residents in the downtown area, and the shop only made $58 its first day in business. But as owner Kevin Wiesehan and his wife added in flavorful small-batch-roasted coffee beans, a panini press, and savory café food, business started to boom. Brevé now has three locations throughout the St. Louis area.
In these coffee shops, baristas serve up expertly poured coffees alongside sandwiches, veggie wraps, and salads. Hand-dipped ice-cream treats with Ghirardelli chocolate, shots of house espresso, or foamy pours of root beer are both decadent and refreshing, much like waltzing with an ice sculpture of Fred Astaire.
Mokka Cafe, Inc. has all the trimmings of an ideal coffee shop?drip coffee and cappuccinos, freshly baked scones and gooey butter cake, and intimate tables for reading, working, or dreaming up a new kind of toaster oven. The quaint shop, flanked by burgundy walls and a huge chalkboard displaying upcoming music performances and other events, also supplies heartier meals in the form of omelets and pancakes in the morning and sandwiches and wraps and salads come lunchtime.