Jungle Gym & Cafe combines children's activities, fitness classes, and a gourmet café complete with free WiFi and two flat-screen TVs that light up with NFL action on Saturdays and Sundays. Children can cavort across bounce houses and block pits or partake in basketball and badminton, while watchful parents dine on turkey wraps or Greek salads. Meanwhile, group fitness-classes practice cardio dance, yoga, and aerobics. Inside the medical spa suite, a doctor helps parents regain their youth with chemical peels, Botox, and vein repair treatments.
For the nearly 100 regulars who frequent The Coffee Corner, all it takes to order a drink is a smile and a nod. That's because the café's baristas remember their faces and their favorite café drinks. Beverage choices range from organic coffee and Numi teas to signature drinks such as the Funky Monkey espresso with coconut and banana. Patrons can also cool off with an ice-blended frappe or nibble on muffins, cookies, and and other treats.
Food that puts a spring in your step and is satisfying yet nutritious--that's what's on the menu at Tropifruit 100% Natural Juice Bar. The staff blends fresh fruit and veggies into smoothies and juices that make for a healthier snack than a bagel dipped in Dorito dust. Customers can also order tortas and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, as well as fruits and salads. The juice bar reinforces its fresh, healthy outlooks with its decor, which features blond wood floors, avocado-colored walls, warm accents, and a counter full of iridescent tile work.
The baristas at All The Perks Espresso Caf? in La Mesa are even more passionate about coffee than they are about wordplay. So much becomes apparent after just a sip of their signature creation, the Perk-u-ccino. This delicious concoction brightens mornings with a blend of crushed ice, espresso, and sweet add-ons such as chocolate and peppermint or strawberry and banana. If you need an extra pick-me-up or get-me-over-that-wall, you can also opt for a sweet mexican mocha made with chocolate and spices. Customers may also choose from a large selection of teas, served hot or cold. But coffee and tea aren't the only perk at this cozy La Mesa shop. Complement your cold or steamy beverage with a breakfast wrap or a freshly made sandwich, both available all day long.
At Cafe Lily, the vibrant, house-made fare mirrors the pastel storefronts of the Old Poway Village outside. The eatery was described by the Pomerado News as "an energetic hub brewing social interaction and creativity, as envisioned by owner Sean Sassani." A blend of Sean's artistic inclinations and his mother, Lily's, culinary talents, the café doles out steaming cups of Divine Madman coffee, a flavorful, organic java that's roasted in 1-pound batches via eco-friendly and socially responsible techniques. Loose-leaf black, green, chai, and herbal teas hail from global gardens, but breakfast and lunch menus claim roots in Lily's own kitchen. Cold sandwiches and colorful paninis, some stuffed with Boar's Head meats⎯like a deli owner's bed pillow⎯serve as savory precursors to pastries and cakes baked onsite.
Patrons can entertain themselves around a fragmented puzzle, or absorb euphonic sounds during open-mic sessions and sets by live musicians. Creativity continues to run abound in the form of colorful artwork by local artists. Coral walls and a fireplace add to the coffee shop's warm ambiance, which extends to an outdoor deck and induces a sneaking suspicion that you might secretly be on fire.