Coffee, Tea & Sweets
Whether you’re looking to jump start your day with a jolt of espresso, sip on some sweet macha midday or pick up some goodies to tame your sweet tooth, the Chicago Southland has no shortage of places to kick back and indulge.
COFFEE & TEA
This popular meeting space for locals was founded over 10 years ago and is known for their delectable paninis, cheesecakes, scones, muffins and, of course, their coffee!
GLORIA JEAN’S COFFEE, Chicago Ridge and Homewood
Located inside Chicago Ridge Mall and conveniently along Governors Highway, it’s a nice spot to rest and savor a cup of Joe while shopping. There’s a big selection of iced coffees and summer drinks as well.
GROUNDED COFFEE BAR, Frankfort
Get a mug filled with Intelligentsia Coffee or Kilogram Tea and pair it with the avocado toast of the day or a grab-n-go muffin, hand pie or scone.
LABAS LATTE & VINO, Monee
This place takes coffeehouse to the next level. Not only can you get a great cup of coffee (and with a cute design on top), but you can get a full lunch or dinner meal - from paninis to soups to cheese/meat boards to flatbread. And you can start your meal with coffee and end it with a wine flight, or vice versa.
STARBUCKS, Multiple Locations
If you’re a fan of Starbucks and needing a familiar pick-me-up from your favorite coffee chain, you’ll find 30 locations within the Chicago Southland.
STRANGE BREW CAFE, Palos Hills
This is a cozy, hip spot where you can sink into a comfy chair and get lost in a good book. Serving high-quality coffee and a selection of smoothies and smoothie bowls, it’s the perfect place to power up.
BENTON STREET BAKERY CAFE, Crete
Here you can get both savory and sweet. Have a healthy loaded salad or a club sandwich and then finish off with a slice of cheesecake, tiramisu, a cinnamon roll or a cannoli. It’s all about balance!
CALUMET BAKERY, Lansing
This bakery dates back to 1935 and bakes a number of sweet treats, from doughnuts to nutrolls to breads to custom cakes.
CUNIS CANDIES, South Holland
It feels like Valentine’s Day every day when you step into this old-school candy shop where you can slide into a booth and have an ice cream treat and then purchase a box of their famous chocolate covered strawberries to take home for later.
You’ll find treats of all kinds to tame your sweet tooth here - artisan chocolates, cupcakes, cake pops, gourmet popcorn. Known for using high-quality ingredients, they’re experts in creating customized goodies.
FLECKENSTEIN’S, Mokena and New Lenox
Cakes, cookies, Danishes, pies, kolaches, cheesecake - you’ll find so many sweet treats to tame those cravings.
Originally located in Chicago, this year marks a century of candy and ice cream making for the shop. Stop in for a fruit salad sundae or some of their famous muddle candies, caramels or other chocolate-covered delights.
NOTHING BUNDT CAKE, Mokena and Orland Park
From bite-sized to tiered masterpieces, this national chain offers sweet bundt cakes made from the finest, freshest ingredients.
PEARSON’S BAKERY, Homewood
Coffee cakes and Danishes and doughnuts, oh my! This longtime bakery has everything from bite-size goodies to specialty cakes, so grab a napkin and get there!
SMALLCAKES CUPCAKERY AND CREAMERY, Orland Park
With 18 signature flavors of cupcakes topped with rich icing and 15 flavors of small-batch ice cream made daily, it’s a perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth.
WOLF’S BAKERY, Evergreen Park
Home of the original lemon fluff cake, this place is a sugar lover’s paradise. The lemon fluff cake melts in your mouth and you can get seasonal versions - like lime fluff for St. Patrick’s Day and orange fluff for fall. There’s also a big line of cookies, breads and pastries.