Coffee & Treats in Sunset

$11 for $20 Worth of Frozen Treats and Drinks at Joe's Italian Ice

Joe's Italian Ice

Tempe

$20 $11

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More than 50 flavors of Philadelphia-style italian ice made with fresh fruit, ranging from lemon to "Smurf Poison"; soft-serve ice cream

$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Fro-Yo at Kicks Frozen Yogurt ($20 Total Value)

Kicks Frozen Yogurt

McClintock

$10 $5

Unique flavors, such as chocolate caramel turtle, as well as a selection of fruity sorbets, await inside self-serve frozen-yogurt shop

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Swirls ($24 Total Value)

Swirls

Multiple Locations

$6 $3

Frozen yogurt business features low-fat, nonfat, and no-sugar-added flavors such as cake batter, apple pie, and peanut butter

$12 for Five Groupons, Each Good for One Flavored Latte at Terra Java Coffee House ($20 Value)

Terra Java Coffee House

Camelback East

$4 $2.40

Flavored hot and cold lattes served alongside gelato, fruit smoothies, and healthy sandwiches in a shop decorated with local art

$18 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Dinner and Dessert at MacAlpine's Soda Fountain ($36 Total Value).

MacAlpine's Soda Fountain

Phoenix

$12 $6

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Resturant established in 1929 exudes nostalgic charm as staff dispense delicious dinners and desserts

Custom Cakes from Ritzy Cakes (Up to 62% Off). Three Options Available.

Ritzy Cakes

Mesa

$100 $49

Custom single-layer, multilayer, and tiered cakes topped with colorful icing and fondant; available in 14 flavors

$14 for $24 Worth of Tapas, Coffee, and Specialty Drinks at Urban Beans

Urban Beans

Camelback East

$12 $7

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This warm cafe invites diners to perch at tables while sipping coffee and working or meeting with friends over drinks and dessert

Dinner Cakes, Pies, and Cheesecakes, or Small Baked Goods at The Bakery Phx ($7 Off)

The Bakery Phx

Phoenix

$20 $13

Bakers whip up toothsome treats—such as cakes, pies, cupcakes, and cookies—from scratch using fresh ingredients

$12.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Ice Cream at Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt ($24 Total Value)

Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt

Multiple Locations

$8 $4.33

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Flash-freeze process yields more than 30 flavors of smooth, tasty ice cream at the customer's desired consistency

5 or 10 Groupons, Each Good for Blizzard or Small Orange Juilius at Dairy Queen/Orange Julius (Up to 59% Off)

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius

Ancala Village Shopping Center

$3.89 $1.70

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Classic ice-cream outpost dishes out soft-serve decorated with candy, cookies, or fruit and signature fruit beverages

$12 for Four Groupons, Each good for $6 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Orange Leaf Yogurt ($24 Total Value)

Orange Leaf Yogurt

Gilbert

$6 $3

Nearly 70 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, ready to be sprinkled with any combination of dozens of toppings

$14 for $24 Worth of Ice Cream at Scooptacular Hand Crafted Ice Cream

Scooptacular Ice Cream

Laveen

$6 $3.50

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Hand-crafted ice cream made in-house from scratch in specialty flavors such as oatmeal cookie and Cookie Monster

$12 for $20 Worth of Frozen Yogurt from Swirl It Self Serve Froyo

Swirl It Self Serve Froyo

Shoppes At Val Vista

$20 $12

Fill your cup with all the frozen yogurt flavors and toppings you'd like, making combos like strawberry with Cap'n Crunch on top

Shaved Ice and Smoothies or Party for 25 People at Bahama Buck's (Up to 46% Off)

Bahama Buck's

Mesa

$10 $6

Jungle berry, cotton candy, and more than 90 other flavors soak into fluffy shaved-ice treats; a party pack supplies up to 25 with a DIY kit

$5 for $10 Worth of Gelato, Italian Desserts, and Coffee at Gelato Dolce Vita in Gilbert and Mesa

Gelato Dolce Vita

Mesa

$10 $5

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Sweets-makers trained in Italy scoop dollops of creamy gelato in flavors such as salted caramel & root-beer float

$6 for $10 Worth of Shave Ice and Treats at Kea Lani Shave Ice

Kea Lani Shave Ice

Gilbert

$10 $6

Fluffy ice mixes with fruit flavors and creative toppings, along with servings of ice cream, hot chocolate, and Kona coffee

$2 for $4 toward purchase at Tropical Sno Hawaiian Shave Ice

Tropical Sno Hawaiian Shave Ice

Mesa

$4 $2

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

$12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Sandwiches and Drinks at Honeycutt Coffee ($24 Total Value)

Honeycutt Coffee

Maricopa

$8 $4

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Pop in for a hot coffee roasted by a local company, Espressions, a muffin, or a bacon turkey bravado sandwich or tuna melt

One or Two Dozen Gourmet or Filled & Premium Cupcakes at Kreative Kupcakes (Up to 46% Off)

Kreative Kupcakes

Avondale

$39 $22

Mix and match creative cupcake flavors such as strawberry shortcake, sweet-potato pie, and coconut cream

$10 for Three Groupons, Each Valid for $6 Toward Purchase of Any Size Bag of Popcorn at 2 Di 4 Gourmet Karmel Korn

2 Di 4 Gourmet Karmel Korn

Avondale

$6 $3.33

Iowa-grown popcorn popped in coconut oil and left plain or blended with nuts, real bacon, or jalapeños

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream at Dream Swirls ($24 Value)

Dream Swirls

Canyon Trails

$6 $3

Smoothies are made and frozen yogurt topped with everything from fruit and nuts to brownies, candy bar chunks, and caramel sauce

Hand-Dipped Ice Cream or Ice-Cream Cakes at Kaleidoscoops Ice Cream (Half Off)

Kaleidoscoops Ice Cream

Anthem Marketplace

$10 $5

Rich ice cream, fruity sorbet, and custom ice-cream cakes molded into whimsical designs

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At more than 2,600 stores in more than 30 countries, Dunkin' Donuts serves coffee and iced beverages, fresh-baked donuts and desserts, and savory breakfast sandwiches. Since Bill Rosenberg opened the first location in Quincy, MA, in 1950, the donut shop has blossomed into a one-stop coffee and breakfast restaurant familiar to millions of morning rushers and afternoon sippers.

Behind the counter of each location, glazed french crullers twist and curve like Parisian city streets, and Bavarian Kreme donuts are filled with a sweet, golden custard. A cavalcade of meats is available for piling onto breakfast sandwiches, such as sausage, cherrywood-smoked bacon, or ham enveloped with fluffy eggs and melty cheese between a choice of crisp crusts. Health-conscious risers can fuel strenuous bouts of lifting cars in the drive-thru line with a Wake-Up wrap, which offers options such as egg whites with turkey sausage or veggies that add up to as few as 150 calories. Both sweet and savory selections pair well with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a creamy, frozen Coolatta drink.

Though commuters can snag a quick pick-me-up within minutes, the wafting aromas of baking confections invite patrons to sit inside and embark on nostalgic reminiscences of syrup-coated playground slides. Beyond the bakery walls, the company aims for social responsibility with its support of community volunteer efforts and use of 100% fair-trade-certified espresso beans.

1335 W University Dr., Ste. 11
Tempe,
AZ
US

Essence Bakery Cafe

Eating dessert first may be a classic faux pas, but no one could blame you at Essence Bakery Café. Chef and owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos studied in France and has earned quite a reputation for her macarons. Unlike the chewy, coconut-based variations commonly found in American bakeries, Eugenia’s macarons are crafted with finely ground almonds and then shaped into tiny sandwiches with decadent fillings like chocolate ganache, salted caramel, or tart raspberry jam. Of course, it's also hard to pass up mini desserts such as white chocolate and raspberry cream petits fours or fresh, buttery croissants, which the chef makes from scratch, and uses as the base for savory breakfast sandwiches topped with fried eggs and melted Dubliner cheese. But while many of her best-loved pastries originated in France, Eugenia makes a point of sourcing her ingredients locally. As such, the cafe’s sandwiches and salads are simple by design—the only proper thing to do with such high-quality meats and produce is to show them off. After all, what's not to love about dishes like a grass-fed steak and mushroom sandwich, served opened faced with cabernet butter and bleu cheese? Or organic greens tossed with caramelized onions, pecans, and warm pears poached in red wine? And, to further demonstrate their commitment to the environment, Eugenia’s team has also taken pains to ensure that all of the menus are printed on recycled paper, all of the to-go cups are biodegradable, and all of the cafe’s furniture is constructed from marzipan.

825 W University Dr
Tempe,
AZ
US

At Café Lalibela, you're expected to eat with your hands. The communal Ethiopian meals typically consist of injera—thin, spongy bread that tastes similar to sourdough—that diners, sans forks, use to scoop up wat, a stew made from veggies, meat, or both. Made from a grain native to Ethiopia, torn-off pieces of injera become utensils for fish stew simmered with red pepper or tikil gomen, a mix of cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. The menu features à la carte wat selections, as well as suggested combinations for individuals, parties of three, and tall figures made by parties of three concealed within a long overcoat. The staff's commitment to an authentic experience extends to its beverage offerings, including imported African wines, freshly roasted and brewed Ethiopian coffee served in a clay pot, and Tossign, an herbal tea from the country’s highlands.

849 W University Dr
Tempe,
AZ
US

With 30 years of baking experience, Cookies From Home ships tins, trays, baskets, and boxes of freshly baked and creatively packed treats that scrumptiously enhance existence. Master bakers handcraft 15 varieties of orbicular bliss each day so they can travel from beaters to bellies without once inhaling the icy breath of the deep freeze. Traditional flavors such as Chewy Chip, Peanut N’ Butter, and Always Oatmeal Raisin, mingle with combos off the beaten palate—including the chocolate, coconut, and oatmeal triumvirate that is Hunka Chunka—to create a conga line of sweet comfort. Five cookie flavors also have gluten-free doppelgangers, with bases of rice flour and tapioca starch, as well as calorie-free versions made of holography lasers and wishful thinking.

1605 W University Dr
Tempe,
AZ
US

To make Thai Basil’s signature dish, chefs sauté the restaurant’s namesake herb with spicy garlic, bamboo shoots, and a variety of vegetables. Thai basil is also found in a bounty of other plates—grilled eggplant brightens beneath its characteristic tang, spicy fried rice takes on a Thai flavor with the herb, and three curry dishes incorporate it in their stews of coconut milk and spices. Tofu, beef, chicken, and a selection of seafood play central roles in the restaurant's selection of rice, noodle, stir-fry, and grill entrees, each conveniently priced by protein rather than individual dish or the number of letters in its name. Dishes find complement in a wide selection of iced and hot teas and traditional desserts, such as sticky purple rice topped with Thai custard.

403 W University Dr
Tempe,
AZ
US

Cartel Coffee Lab has reaped its fair share of local and national applause, including that of BBC Travel and Food & Wine Magazine. With all those accolades, it's surprising just how modest Jason Silberschlag—the man behind the coffee—actually is. "We're all infants in understanding coffee," Silberschlag mused in a video on the shop's website. "It's one of the most complex beverages we consume." But, more than modest, Jason's comments reveal a very real respect and reverence for the drink—a respect that manifests itself in the staff's persistent experimentation, study, and instruction. The spot, after all, is not a coffeehouse; it's a coffee lab. Each of Cartel Coffee's four locations moderately play up the laboratory theme with lots of stainless steel, but offset any hint of coldness with brightly colored walls and original sculptures. Even more essential to the theme? The baristas are known to carefully explain brewing processes and technique to their customers as they create decadent espresso drinks, including the simple desert favorite: cold-brewed coffee. Light on the sugar, the brew allows sippers to really taste and admire the bold, earthy flavor of espresso beans culled from Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Guatemala. And though coffee is the most obvious drink to order at Cartel, you’ll want to pay attention to the rest of the menu, especially at the Tempe location. Since early 2013, this outpost has evolved from a straight coffeehouse into a full-blown microbrewery.

225 W University Dr
Tempe,
AZ
US