As a chill begins to haunt the air and the Milwaukee winter looms, warm and welcoming local coffee shops are needed now more than ever. But no matter the season, the coffee joints below offer a cozy atmosphere that is far from the bustle of most Milwaukee coffee chains—like Colectivo—or the ubiquity of Starbucks.
Address: 1208 E. Brady St.
Hours: M – Su 6:30a.m. – 9:00p.m.
Nestled inside a building on Brady that strongly resembles a gingerbread house, Brewed Cafe proffers Anodyne coffee alongside house-made, vegetarian-friendly food options and baked goods. But it’s Brewed’s eclectic art and chill atmosphere that will make you want to settle in all afternoon with a book or good company.
Address: 1317 E. Brady St.
Hours: M – F 7 a.m. – 12 a.m., Sa 8 a.m. – 12 a.m., Su 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Also located in a refurbished house on Brady, Rochambo combines intense hipster vibes with great coffee and creative alcohol-coffee options. For a peaceful Rochambo experience, head upstairs, grab a table, and enjoy some quality alone time.
Address: 306 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Hours: M – F 6 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Su 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Known as “Milwaukee’s Jazziest Coffeehouse,” City Net Café doesn’t scream “cozy,” but, particularly in the mornings, the café’s downtown location is a welcome reprieve from the business crowds. Settle in with a mug of coffee and people-watch or enjoy a live jazz concert on a Friday night.
Address: 624 N. Water St.
Hours: M-F 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Sa 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Housed on the lively corner of Water and Wisconsin, The Coffee Bean offers a relaxing atmosphere served alongside a wide selection of sandwiches, quinoa bowls and an assortment of your favorite caffeinated beverages. Stop by on your lunch hour for a stress-free escape or on a Saturday afternoon to relax with a book or another form of quiet entertainment.
Address: 232 E. Erie St.
Hours: M – Sa 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Don’t let Kickapoo Café’s sleek exterior fool you; their Third Ward location can be as cozy as wrapping up with a blanket on a cold winter’s night. Their award-winning coffee and ever-so-friendly baristas foster an environment free a stress that is perfect for an afternoon of work or reading a book.
Address: 818 E. Center St.
Hours: M – F 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sa – Su 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Located in the heart of Riverwest, the hipster capital of Milwaukee, Fuel Café sure has all of the hipster vibes you would imagine, but also sells the best coffee in the area and has an atmosphere where a quiet afternoon is respected. A gratuitous amount of food options are also sold, so you won’t have to leave for hours if you don’t want to.
Address: 2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Hours: M – F 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sa 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Su 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The comfortable ambiance of Sven’s Café is hard to beat, what with floral paintings gracing the walls and their endless seating. Their food and coffee options only add to this ambiance. Warning—you may never want to leave.
Address: 2640 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Hours: M – Sa 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Su 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Hi-Fi Café might just be the most colorful coffee shop in Milwaukee and also one of the most comfortable. Grab a chair and a mug of your favorite brew, and enjoy a cozy afternoon at this Bayview haven.