Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollercoaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $4, you get $8 worth of coffee and café fare at Coffee Depot, a downtown Riverside landmark since 1904 and a pillar of the caffeinated community. Among other accolades, this decorated abode was named the Best Coffee Shop in 2008 and 2009 by CityVoters.
Begin the day or the midday with a simple cup of coffee or one of the numerous specialty drinks populating the menu. Sip a white-chocolate mocha; an almond ecstasy, topped with shaved almonds; or a depoccino, crafted from espresso and ice cream (hot coffees start at $3.90, add $0.25 to get it cold). Supplement a liquid pick-me-up with some flying cookie saucers ($1.25) or slices of cheesecake ($4). Heartier bites are available, including sandwiches such as the turkey croissant or the veggie delight, piled like an overturned farmers’-market stand with non-animal deliciousness (all sandwiches $5.20–$6.95). The lengthy menu also houses a range of breakfast sandwiches, sweet and savory crêpes, and a handful of salads.
With the space to fit seven separate coffee houses within its historically preserved 7,200 square feet, Coffee Depot stands alone in its claim to be the largest roasted and steeped beanporium in the world. In addition to free live music nightly, it periodically hosts improv comedy-offs, open mics, swing dancing, and more—check out the calendar for a full preview. There's also free WiFi so double-taskers can hunch over and finish researching their manifesto while soaking in the entertainment.
- Coffee Depot has great coffee and a fabulous atmosphere. – prncspatty, CityVoter
- The food is excellent. The entertainment everynight [sic] is fantastic. – gerbear6963, CityVoter
- Its [sic] a big, beautiful, old building and has stuff happening there constantly, and the owners are wonderful folks. – Brickshye, CityVoter
3204 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, California 92507Get Directions