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Cleveland's Best Coffee Houses

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Cleveland Ohio is known for its many quirky coffee houses, many of which offer free Wifi access and a variety of food as well as coffee. From Tremont to Ohio City to Cleveland Heights, here's a list of the best (or at least the most popular):

Arabica Coffee Houses

Arabica Coffee, University Circle, Cleveland Ohio
(© 2005 Valdis Krebs/used with permission)

The grandfather of Cleveland coffee houses, Arabica started in 1973 with one (now closed) location in Coventry. The company has grown to 20 area locations, each with its own quirky, slightly offbeat flavor. Locations include University Circle, Little Italy, Fairmount Circle (John Carroll), Lakewood, downtown, and 116th and Detroit. A Slavic Village location (on E 65th St.) is scheduled to open in spring of 2007.

All locations serve sandwiches, baked goods, soup, and other edibles and offer free Wifi access. Some locations feature live music on selected nights.

Lucky's Cyber Cafe and Coffeeshop in Tremont

Lucky's Coffee House, Tremont, Cleveland Ohio
(© 2005 Valdis Krebs/used with permission)
Located just off of Lincoln Park in Tremont, Lucky's is a local meeting spot, cyber cafe, and coffee house. The eatery serves tasty soups and wrap sandwiches for lunch and dinner and a hearty brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Lucky's offers free Wifi access and even culivates their own produce and herbs in raised beds adjacent to the building during the growing season.

Lucky's Cafe
777 Starkweather
Cleveland, OH 44113
216 622-7773

Civilization in Tremont

Civilization Coffee House, Cleveland
Kerrie McLean/used with permission)
Located in the heart of Tremont, at the corner of W. 11th St. and Kenilworth, Civilization has been a neighborhood institution since 1990. Housed in an historic late 19th century building, the coffee house serves fine coffees and coffee drinks, teas, chocolates, gift baskets, and soups and sandwiches. Stop in for a drink or grab a sandwich and coffee to go.

Civilization
2366 W. 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
216 621-3838

Gypsy Beans

Gypsy Beans Coffee House
(© Flickr User: Ed Chadwick/cc license)
Located at Gordon Square in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, Gypsy Beans is a one-of-a-kind European style coffee house. The offerings include daily roasted coffees and coffee drinks, pastries and desserts, and a tasty bisto menu.

Gypsy Beans
6425 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
216 939-9000

Talkies Film and Coffee Bar -- Ohio City

(© 2006 S. Mitchell; licensed to About, Inc.)
Located across from the West Side Market, next to the Flying Fig, this one-of-a-kind coffee house is just what a neighborhood hang-out should look like. There's a room to visit with friends, a room to read the newspaper or study, and even a room to watch classic films.

The menu includes a variety of special coffee concoctions, ice cream creations, and luscious desserts. There's also free wireless Internet access.

Talkies Coffee and Film Bar
2521 Market Ave.
Cleveland, OH
216 696-3456

Dewey's Coffee Cafe

Dewey's Coffee Cafe, Cleveland Ohio
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Dewey's Coffee Cafe, located in the NE quadrant of Shaker Square, is a cozy, friendly spot with the predictable variety of coffee offerings plus sandwiches, salads, and pastries. Sit by the fireplace or at one of the comfortable chairs inside or venture out to the curbside patio seating and walk the action on the square.

Dewey's Coffee Cafe
13201 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH
216 991-1101

Phoenix Coffee

Phoenix Coffee, Cleveland Heights Ohio
(© 2005 Valdis Krebs/used with permission)
Phoenix Coffee has four locations around Cleveland: in South Euclid, on Superior Ave. in the Superior Corridor neighborhood, in Lakewood, and on Lee Road in Cleveland Hts.

The local coffee company roasts its own beans in its brewery on St. Clair Ave. and creates its own blends. Try an organic coffee, one of the artisan blends, or a fun flavored coffee. Phoenix also serves salads, sandwiches, ice cream favorites, and freshly baked pastries. Each location is unique and comfortable and all offer free Wifi access.(I like the Lee Road location for its funky mix of people and cozy brick and distressed wood interior.)

Cravings Cafe in Rocky River

Cravings Coffee House, Rocky River Ohio
(© 2005 Valdis Krebs/used with permission)
Cravings, on Detroit Road in Rocky River, offers a comfy place to sit coffee, eat a bagel, or munch on a salad or sandwich. The coffee house also offers free Wifi service.

Cravings Cafe
19825 Detroit Rd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
440 331-1191

Caribou Coffee

Caribou Coffee, Westlake Ohio
(© 2005 Valdis Krebs/used with permission)
Caribou Coffee has ten locations in the Greater Cleveland area -- in Middleburg Hts., Rocky River, at Tower City in downtown Cleveland, in Coventry, inside of Heinen's in University Hts., at LaPlace in Beachwood and in Lakewood, Solon, and Macedonia. Most locations offer free Wifi. Some even offer drive-thru service.

In addition to coffee, the menu includes light meals and sandwiches, kids drinks, and baked goods.

Did I forget your favorite coffee house? Send me an email and I'll add it to the list -- or post it in the About Cleveland forum.

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