As the air becomes chillier and the clouds hang in the sky, unwinding at a cozy coffee shop sounds like just what we need. Here in Festival Country, you can find warm, historic venues with handcrafted pastries as well as quirky shops with local art. These are the places to enjoy on your next coffee break:
Like its name suggests, Main & Madison Market Café is nestled on the corner of Main Street and Madison Street in Franklin. Their historic building was once the first hospital in Johnson County. You can still feel the rich history inside, but now with modern décor and a cozy atmosphere. The shop offers handcrafted coffees and rustic pastries, along with a selection of gourmet sandwiches and salads.
One of the newest spots for coffee and drinks in Franklin, Local Grind is not your average coffee shop. If you answer a few simple questions, their baristas will create a customized beverage based on your preferences. Not only do they have a wide variety of coffee-based drinks, they also make milkshakes, smoothies, sodas, bubble teas and more. It’s the experience of a 1950s soda shop with a modern twist.
Coffeehouse Five is a cozy shop with three locations – Greenwood, Franklin and Bargersville. Not only is it home to coffee beans they roast themselves, as well as delicious, fair- and direct-trade coffee and drinks, they also serve the community through counseling services for those in need. If you’re feeling a little hungry, Coffeehouse Five also offers gourmet grilled cheese and a selection of breakfast sandwiches and pastries, which they bake on site.
Another great Franklin spot is 1823 Bakehouse. If you’re gluten-free, 1823 Bakehouse is the place for you. All their baked goods are gluten-free, and they serve handcrafted coffee, sandwiches and lunch items as well. You’ll also find the perfect courthouse views out the front windows.
Head to Trafalgar to check out Butter Sugar Flour Coffee and Pastry Bar. They're known for their giant cinnamon rolls, but they also have a variety of fresh baked goods and handmade drinks. Try out a sampler flight of themed drinks and treats.
Strange Brew is unique for their bold flavors, eclectic vibe and specialty coffee blends, like Rage Against the Bean and German Chocolate Cake, to name a few. The walls are filled with funky local art, making it the perfect place to gain some inspiration as you work. They are proudly the oldest coffee shop in Greenwood and their coffee beans are locally roasted.
Grab a fresh cup of coffee at Fresh Pots Coffee Bar, located in the heart of Old Town Greenwood. This new coffee shop offers 1823's gluten free pastries, warm drinks and a cozy vintage environment. Then, while you're in the area, swing by Café Euclid for an artsy vibe, bagel sandwiches and handmade drinks.
Find their freshly roasted Brickhouse Coffee Co. coffee at Root2Rise Coffee Bar & Juicery in Greenwood. This shop serves fresh juices, smoothies and coffee made with locally sourced ingredients. You can also find snacks like protein balls, soups, chia crackers and more.
Great coffee shops are just one more reason why Festival Country Indiana is the place to visit just south of Indy. Cozy up at one of the shops on this list, or discover more of our favorite Festival Country finds with these Top 10 lists.