Cafes in Southbridge

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Coffee and Cafe Fare at 226 Jazz Art Java ($24 Value)

226 Jazz Art Java

Windsor

Cappuccinos, espressos, and other coffee drinks match with breakfast sandwiches and pastries in cafe that celebrates local art and music

$6 $3

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$14 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Sandwiches at Pickle Jar Deli ($32 Total Value)

Pickle Jar Deli

East Windsor

Freshly sliced meats top sandwiches while homemade chicken and egg salads complement daily specials

$8 $3.50

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$14 for $25 Worth of Sandwiches — Bad Kat Kupkakes

Bad Kat Kupkakes

Pawtucket

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$25 $14

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Food and Drinks at Sudbury Coffee Works ($20 Value)

Sudbury Coffee Works

Sudbury

Rich, imported coffees roasted on site, including more than 50 custom flavor blends, paired with fresh pastries, soups, and sandwiches

$5 $3

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$15 for $30 Worth of Organic, Fair Trade Coffee, and Locally Made Ice Cream

Harvest Country Store

West Hartford

Organic and fair-trade coffee, which can be topped with vegan-friendly syrup, pairs with ice cream from a local supplier

$30 $15

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Dinner for Two or More or Four or More at Link Café & Bar (50% Off)

Link Café & Bar

Sheraton Needham Hotel

Refined American cuisine such as fig and goat cheese flatbreads paired with wines that earned high scores from Wine Spectator

$50 $25

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$16 for a Light Afternoon Tea for Two at Tea Leaf ($32 Value)

The Tea Leaf

Historic Downtown Waltham, MA

Guests chat and linger over a pot of tea, accompanied by warm scones and a selection of sweets at this cozy, Victorian-style tea shop

$32 $16

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You might say Nu Cafe is leading a double life. During the day, it's a classic neighborhood hangout, serving up simple, fresh wraps and sandwiches alongside a variety of smoothies and juices and espresso and coffee drinks. By night, it transforms into a hipper, slightly more sophisticated version of itself, a place where guests can come to mingle, not over their laptops, but around shared tapas plates, cured meat and cheese boards, and a selection of wine and craft beers. But regardless of the time of day, a few things remain the same: the vibe is always laid-back and friendly, the food is always crafted using fresh, wholesome ingredients, and the Wi-Fi is always free. And, adding to the community-oriented vibe, the cafes also host regular recurring events, including live piano players, painting parties, and chess groups.

335 Chandler St
Worcester,
MA
US

Eric's LaPatisserie Café sates the morning and afternoon eat reflexes with fresh-baked, oven-hot pastries and gourmet stuffed sandwiches and paninis. Fresh croissants emerge from steaming hot ovens ($3), and toasted bagels remain crisp even while bearing gobs of the eatery’s famous labor-inducing cream cheese ($2). Afternoon appetites, meanwhile, can be sated with a grilled herb-chicken sandwich ($6.25) or a shrimp-and-seafood salad ($5.50).

250 Commercial St
Worcester,
MA
US

The sucrose stylists at Sweet Creations bake a bevy of hand-held and decadent sweet treats as well as specialty cakes in a menagerie of flavors and fillings. Give sweet teeth something to brag about at the dental arcade with a sampling of small and large cupcakes ($1.25; $1.75), brownies ($1.95), or plates of half-dozen cookies ($4). Ice-cream-enriched treats are readily available, including brownies à la mode ($3.95) and sundaes ($4.95), and specialty cakes ($40+) come blanketed with house-made buttercream icing or marshmallow fondant and adorned with soccer balls, fire trucks, and still-life scenes from the Constitutional Congress. Sweet Creations also traffics in tasty small and large smoothies ($2.75; $3.25), as well as chocolate lollipops in dark, milk, or white chocolate, all wrapped up with a colorful ribbon.

118 Cambridge Street
Worcester,
MA
US

Originally built in 1879, the building at 25 Union Street stood for nearly a century as an industrial bastion in downtown Worcester. When the last manufactures moved out in the 1970s, Robert "Gus" Giordano had an idea: convert the ruggedly beautiful interior into an upscale restaurant, preserving the historical building and ensuring that he would not be eating in there by himself everyday. Inhabiting the former screw-machine department, Maxwell-Silverman's Toolhouse ensconces diners in industrial elegance, with a ceiling crisscrossed with heating pipes, a floor dotted with oblong railroad ties, and cozy illumination courtesy of more than 40 vintage pool-hall lights.

Nestled in Union Station, Luciano's Restaurant transports diners back to the 1920s and '30s with walls covered in vintage photos and framed newsprints detailing the escapes of legendary gangsters. The refined indoor dining room features plush white seating and lush, flowery carpeting, while outdoor tables allow patrons to enjoy the sun or taunt slugs with salt shakers. Free parking is available at both locations.

2 Washington Sq
Worcester,
MA
US

Union Station proves to be a fitting location for Byblos Lounge, a Lebanese restaurant that ferries guests away to the eastern borders of the Mediterranean Sea with shareable mezzas, marinated meats, and toasty loaves of pita bread. Waves of Mediterranean spice crest on dishes of Levantine cuisine as sizzling kafta and kebabs fill the air with the savory aromas of beef, lamb, fish, and chicken. The architecture of classical antiquity meets the hip atmosphere of modern nightlife in the restaurant’s interior, where Corinthian colonnettes frame tables clad in royal purple and diners hold Platonic dialogues beneath the glow of neon lights. After cleaning off plates of grilled meats and veggies, groups can head to the dance floor and sway to the sounds of live DJs, singers, and bands that take the stage on weekends.

2 Washington Sq
Worcester,
MA
US

At Blush Yogurt Cafe, patrons can have their cake and eat it too, enjoying more than 30 flavors of kosher frozen yogurt that contains no gluten, fat, cholesterol, or preservatives. Flavors run the gamut from caramel and watermelon to pumpkin and green tea, each of which is sprinkled with up to 20 toppings such as coconut, brownie bites, and honeydew melon. The staff also stuffs pork and tofu into spring rolls, slathers ham with cranberry sauce in a wrap, and handpicks the seaweed salad’s contents during annual trips to Seaweed World.

316 Main Street
Worcester,
MA
US