The modern downtown store is awash with coffee and tea smells. Scattered seats around the store are available for sitting and chatting, and a bar by the large windows offers refuge for the solo diners. The Hyde Park location is a diminutive Victorian with a quaint wisteria-covered arbor.
110 E. Central Pkwy., Downtown, 513-651-5483; 3316 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-5943. Open 7 days. $2-$7.
Rohs Street Café
Flavor: Rohs Street Café is a not-for-profit establishment that prides itself on coffee with a conscience, so you can feel good about your latte, pastry and soup. Have a light lunch while you overhear professors, students and other community members discuss the day’s issues.
Flair: Airy, spacious and bright, Rohs Street Café serves as a bookstore, an art gallery, a performance venue and a place for community and conversation. Check out its Web site for the week’s live music lineup.
245 W. McMillan Ave., Clifton Heights, 513-381-7647. Open Monday-Saturday. $1.50-$4.25.
Sidewinder Coffee and Tea
Flavor: The café offers a small collection of yummy items, as well as locally roasted fair-trade and organic coffees, spirits, espresso drinks and a large selection of blended and loose-leaf teas not found anywhere else. If you’re hungry, try some of their tasty treats, including cupcakes from the Sugar Cupcakery (made from all local ingredients) and vegan soups from Myra’s Dionysus.
Flair: When you’re ready to come over to the hip side, start in Sidewinder’s funky inside or courtyard. There’s acoustic music, semi-regular open mics and poetry slams. Check out the latest art exhibit, hook up your WiFi and answer your e-mail, then, fortified on the elixir of life (espresso), go forth and explore Northside.
4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-8321. Open 7 days. $1.35-$7.
Flavor: Sitwell’s is the little coffee shop that could, because it’s much more than just a coffee shop. They serve beer and liquor, excellent milk shakes and full meals. The same menu of homemade soups, sandwiches and baked goods has pleasing college kids and all kinds of liberals for years. The New York Egg Sandwich is the single most popular item on the menu.
Flair: Very Clifton-esque, Sitwell’s sports eclectic décor from all over the place, and it seems that no two chairs in the place are alike. Local artists have their work on the walls and their elbows on the tables.
324 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-7487. Open 7 days. $4-$9.
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