This winter there’s been no shortage of days for warming up with a good cup of coffee. After all, there’s a reason coffee sales go up when the temperatures drop. And while it’s true that coffee drinkers tend to remain loyal to their brew year round, drinking hot coffee on a July afternoon is kind of like indulging in ice cream in the middle of February. Still good--but not as much fun.
So, while we may finally be knocking on spring’s door, there are still plenty of cold mornings ahead. To help you navigate these last days of winter, we highlighted three of Worthington’s finest establishments for a great cup of joe.
La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro
Throughout the morning hours, people head over to La Chatelaine for great coffee and a seat by the fire. Throw in the local newspaper and some friendly conversation, and it’s a great way to start any day. LaChatelaine proudly serves French roast, Colombian roast and a variety of flavored coffees (Cuban Delight, Highlander Grog, French Caramel) from Stauf’s Coffee Roasters. Add to that a tantalizing lineup of lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, Americanos and cafe au lait. Grab a croissant, and you’re ready to go.
Best tip: The Belgian hot chocolate with ganache and heavy cream is amazing. Whipped cream and chocolate shavings? Yes, please.
Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Don’t let the name of this place fool you. While it may be a bicyclist’s dream, there are more than just a few coffee connoisseurs who call this home base. Featuring a rotating selection of coffee from local roasters (currently Crimson Cup and Roaming Goat), the focus here is on the natural flavor of the coffee. Most people in the Columbus area are already familiar with Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, but it’s worth noting that the Roaming Goat Coffee Co. is a small-batch roaster based in Worthington. Just call it a hometown favorite.
Best tip: If you're looking for a place to kick back and relax, the atmosphere here is super comfortable, with free Wi-Fi, pleasant background music and plenty of places to sit.
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Spring and summer: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun. noon to 6 p.m.
The ever-popular Café Brioso (artisan-roasted coffee from Columbus) roasts a special blend of coffee exclusively for Sassafras Bakery. This full-bodied, silky blend features semi-sweet cocoa, caramel and warm hazelnut with a mild tint of citrus--the perfect pairing for just about anything the bakery serves. Although the folks at Sassafras are quick to define themselves as a bakery that serves coffee--and not a coffee shop--this is still is great place for a cup of brew. And why not? From warm soup and pot pie to scones, muffins and cinnamon rolls, there is no end to the list of scrumptious pairings.
Best tip: Milk-and-cookie happy hour runs from 3 to 5 p.m. daily. Buy a cookie and get a free cup of Café Brioso coffee or a glass of Snowville Creamery milk. No designated driver required.
Wed.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturdays (May through Oct.) 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington
Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.