Coffee houses are among the best places to just hang out and chill. Check out these local spots perfect for gathering with coffee-loving buds.
When Larry Brondhaver started designing Avenue Brew in Bellevue, he used a coffee color scheme (a.k.a., lots of browns). His wife and co-owner Christine Brondhaver had something to say about that. “Hell, no,” Larry says, “and I was introduced to a new word: eclectic.” The couple bought furniture at auctions, painted the walls bright colors (no brown!), and hung signs everywhere. The chalkboard area is a favorite detail, where customers leave notes and drawings. It all lends to a homey, fun, and casual atmosphere. 310 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, (859) 261-4381
When Hyde Perk closed during COVID last year, the coffee shop used the time to update the space: new countertop window seating, an updated coat of paint, and a cozy lounge space with chairs, a coffee table, and a leather couch. The combo of cool tones and warm wood give the space a vibe that’s relaxed, intimate, and welcoming. 3664-B Edwards Rd., Hyde Park, (513) 871-5111
Exposed brick, original hardwood floors, and hand-lettered coffee signs all contribute to Sidewinder Coffee’s vibe: It’s urban and hip, clean and cozy—all with a bit of historic charm. When Kimberly Maurer Buzek opened in Northside, she kept it a blank slate. That way, her coffee shop could morph and adapt to the community over the years. 4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside, (513) 542-8321