7 Coffee Shops Every ISU Student Needs To Visit

7 Coffee Shops Every ISU Student Needs To Visit

Every Redbird needs some quality coffee in their life.
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One of the reasons I continue to function and be productive in my life is because I can get work done at a local coffee shop. Sometimes I need to get out of the house to get any sort of work done. Even if you don't like coffee, you can still find plenty of other drinks and food options at a coffee shop. Visiting a coffee shop is nice for a change of scenery, to get work done, to catch up with friends, and to sample new drinks. There are some coffee shops that every ISU student should visit! All of them are within an hour of campus!!

1. Fusion Brew

ISU students should be familiar with this locally-owned, Normal coffee shop. If you're not familiar with it, you should change that immediately. A personal favorite, you can get anything from milk tea with boba to a latte. Almost any drink can be hot or iced. They also partner with other local coffee shops to provide the best quality coffee that they can. My drink of choice is the green apple black iced tea. This particular coffee shop is always vibrant with activity while students are studying or local families make a stop. It's located by Cherry Berry off of Main Street near campus.

2. Coffee Hound

Coffee Hound has locations in Normal and Bloomington. Check out their minimalist, hipster atmosphere and sample their award-winning coffee. They make their coffee with care and sophistication. The staff provides a welcoming atmosphere for people to just hang out. Coffee Hound is locally owned and located in Uptown Normal and Downtown Bloomington.

3. The Coffee House

Located in Uptown Normal and locally-owned, the Coffee House provides another wonderful option for students to visit in Uptown Normal. This coffee shop is larger and has quite a bit of space. A great aspect of this coffee shop is that they can easily host some small musical acts in-house. They also offer a nice menu variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack options. Their coffee beans are sourced from all over the world, which is pretty spectacular.

4. Mika's Bistro

Mika's Bistro is a quaint and charming coffee shop located in Eureka, Illinois. It's about thirty minutes from campus. It is locally-owned and named after a young Haitian girl who traveled to the United States to receive health care. Mika's stands in her memory. Mika's sources their coffee from Gobena Coffee in Gridley, Illinois. All of the proceeds from Gobena Coffee go toward aiding orphans. You can stop by this delicious coffee shop while also supporting a worthy cause. Delicious salads and sandwiches are also available at Mika's.

5. thirty-thirty Coffee Co.

thirty-thirty is a favorite of Peoria residents. Locally-owned, thirty-thirty offers some quality, delicious lattes and teas. I love the berry iced tea. I love this coffee shop because of their unique taste and the flavors they offer. This is a wonderful, minimalist atmosphere that allows you to be productive. Roughly 45 minutes from campus, this coffee shop is located in Junction City in Peoria and Downtown Peoria.

6. Zion Coffee Bar

This fairly new local coffee shop in downtown Peoria's Warehouse District is worth a visit. If you want a rose latte and avocado toast, this is the place for you to visit. Zion sources coffee from small growers in Central America through a direct relationship. Zion's hipster vibe is a nice change of pace, for sure.

7. Starbucks

Whether on campus in the Rec or on Main and Raab, everyone needs a Starbucks run from time to time, right?


Check out these coffee shops that may be new to you to get some inspiration and productivity in your life. You can never go wrong with de-stressing over a cup of coffee.

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

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If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

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4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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