From its Victorian-era brick façade to its tiniest teacup, The Gilbertsville Tea Room is unapologetically pink. It’s a suitable hue for the oft-feminized tradition of teatime. In addition to the color scheme, the tearoom’s three parlors treat dining companions to dainty flourishes such as flowered wallpaper, tiny teacups hanging from hooks and chandeliers, and draping ivy. Teatime is a similarly dainty affair: chefs assemble finger sandwiches garnished with colored cream-cheese flowers and serve flaky scones with Devonshire cream. Thirty loose-leaf teas fill the china, giving upturned pinkies plenty of chances to look refined and signal to tablemates where you'll throw the cup when you're done.
Named the Best Coffee Shop in Berks County in 2009 by Berks County Living, Cloud Nine Café’s breakfast and lunch menus offer a wide selection of coffee beverages, homemade pastries, baked goods, and assorted sandwiches. Early risers and tragically confused vampires can enjoy Cloud Nine Café’s tasty breakfast, served all day. Start mornings with a freshly baked scone ($1.75), a hearty breakfast burrito ($3.75), or a bowl of hot oatmeall ($2.50). The lunch menu changes daily, allowing feasters to indulge in a variety of hearty soups, ($3.75+), savory quiches ($4.75+), sandwiches and wraps ($3.50+), nourishing salads ($1), and character-enriching spontaneity. Java lovers and caffeine enthusiasts can choose from Cloud Nine Café’s wide variety of hot and cold coffee beverages, made with coffee beans specially roasted in Philadelphia.
Saxbys' rich array of caffeinated ambrosias, crafted from grade-one arabica beans, joins a bevy of teas and smoothies on the shop's extensive menu. Espresso drinks ($1.70+) include exotic cinnamon lattes and basic cappuccinos, which can be cloaked in frothy crema and 18 dulcet syrups. Two seasoned brewsmiths forge Saxbys' wide selection of roasts from single-origin, fair-trade, and organic beans, which undergo a European roasting process that pampers future mug fillers in cast-iron air-cooled cylinders, preparing cocoa-noted Tanzanian peaberries and italiano blends for beverage Valhalla. Frolattes ($3.70+), a frozen breed of latte rarely found in nature, exist in such flavors as white-chocolate mocha and flank a throng of teas ($1.30+) and fruity smoothies ($3.45+). Stomach-equipped cyborgs can bask in the soothing aura of the shop's free WiFi while noshing on one of the café's fresh pastries or paninis (food is not included with this Groupon).
Blue Bell Inn teems with American history. The building began serving food and drinks to visitors in 1743, and 34 years later it became a frequent resting spot for George Washington, who needed to recharge after the Battle of Germantown while dreaming about the invention of ray guns.
Careful restorations through the years have helped Blue Bell maintain its historic character. Today, though its exterior is still that of an imposing, 18th-century structure, the restaurant spreads contemporary style through several distinct spaces complemented by an upscale menu of surf 'n' turf. In the fine-dining area, patrons cut into center-cut filet mignon and North Atlantic lobsters; in the bar area, they sip on specialty wines and martinis. Those rooms join an outdoor café, a bistro, and multiple banquet rooms, and every night, the building pulses with the sounds of live music.
Kupkake Kouture, the brainchild of two cake-loving pals, specializes in creative cakefections. This Groupon gets dessert devotees a taste of the cupcake's miniature cousin, a moist ball of cake known as the mini cupcake ($1 each, $10/dozen). In all their spherical glory, mini cupcakes come in a range of mouth-mesmerizing flavors, from classic vanilla and chocolate fudge to lemon poppy seed, orange, and red velvet. After the sugary orbs receive a decadent dip in frosting, the shop's sweets specialists sprinkle the bite-sized cakes with an eclectic entourage of toppings—including sprinkles, pretzels, peanuts, and coconut—to prepare them for maximum deliciousness and wind resistance.