4 Best Coffee Shops in the West Loop

The West Loop is known for its incredible dining options. Dubbed Restaurant Row, this neighborhood just west of downtown Chicago has some of the best chefs in the city.

It’s only fitting that there would also be some amazing coffee shops, and we’ve found the best places for a cup o’ Joe in the West Loop.

Sawada Coffee

At Sawada Coffee, a latte is an art form. This is the first U.S. outpost of the world-renowned barista and latte art expert Hiroshi Sawada. It’s a tiny, industrial-themed spot tucked into Green Street Meats. In between sips you can play ping pong, pinball, or take a swing at the punching bag. If you want more of a punch in your cup, get one of their Boozy Steamers.

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Groundswell Coffee Roasters

Groundswell Coffee Roasters is an indie coffee shop that has pretty much anything a true coffee lover could want. They’ve got traditional espresso-based drinks as well as pour-over coffee, batch-brewed coffee, and a special cold-brew machine from Japan that drips one drop of water at a time. Their beans are purchased in small batches from around the globe and tea fans can choose from selections from Rare Tea Cellars.

Meddle Coffee Bar

Just over the river from the Loop, Meddle Coffee Bar is a branch of Dark Matter Coffee. Branding the store a spot of “pschedelegance,” the decor is not your typical earth-tones. Instead, it’s a cacophony of colors that will wake you up as much as the caffeine. The real reason to visit is the coffee itself, with several options including single-origin, barrel-aged, and several types of cold brew.

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La Colombe

Pennsylvania-based roaster La Colombe opened a West Loop location in 2011 and it’s been going strong ever since. You can get all of the standards, including macchiatos and Americanos, and you can also get one of their specialty Draft Lattes. This is an innovative system that serves a latte from a tap.

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These West Loop coffee shops are so good they’re worth a special trip, and they’re all within blocks of each other. For even more places to get a great cup of coffee, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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