Five Cute Cafes to Study at in Milwaukee this Semester
By: Aamna Javed
In the heart of Third Ward — one of Milwaukee’s most prized possessions — lies a café on the corner of Erie Street, right across Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. A quiet café in the bustling heart of Downtown Milwaukee, Kickapoo is a great (and nearby) café to go to if you want an aesthetically pleasing place to study. Heads up! They open at 7am Monday — Saturday and 8am Sundays. They close at 6pm all days! Don’t forget to check out a sunset on the Milwaukee River after.
Stone Creek Coffee
A good half-mile away, with the rustle and bustle of passengers attempting to make it on time to their train at the Amtrak, lies a two-story Stone Creek Coffee. One of the best studying cafes yet to be found, with enough coffee to keep you up for days, and enough white noise and silence to keep you focused for hours. Opens early at 5:30am and closes at 7pm on weekdays, with weekends opening at 7am and closing at 6pm. If the library or Starbucks just isn’t cutting it, check out Stone Creek!
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
About a mile and small highway drive away in the heart of Walker’s Point, lies one of the best coffee places: Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., with their coffee being the perfect combination of bitter caffeine and sweet vanilla or honey. Their honey bee coffee is to die for, and if you want something a little more nutty, I would recommend my buddy latte. Highly recommended for good coffee, also highly recommended for a quieter café to do work in. They close at 8pm every day!
We had to put in a classic — Colectivo! Either to enjoy a nice view of the lake, or to enjoy a café that was once a train station, one must check out Colectivo! A phenomenal study spot with brownies that are to die for. Beware — the Colectivo on Lake Dr. tends to get very busy past 5pm. But, all Colectivo Cafes are open past 8pm! However, nothing, and I mean nothing, can beat the beauty of Colectivo on Lake Dr. at night, with the outdoor seating area lit up with orange and yellow chairs. Truly an autumn area.
Valentine Coffee Roasters
If you’re down for a bit of a drive, down in the suburb of Oak Creek lies the small-town version of Downtown Milwaukee — Drexel Town Square. With festivals and wholesome vibes radiating all around, Valentine Coffee sits in a cute corner, standing at two stories tall with delicious hot and iced lattes. Valentine also offers an array of breakfast foods, and if you’re into smoked salmon, their Bagel & Lox is to die for. They’re open daily until 5pm, but food is only served until 4pm!