YOU CAN GET A LOT DONE in the library or holed up in your room, but sometimes you just need to get out and work in the quiet bustle of a coffee shop. Luckily, Eau Claire has you covered with plenty of the glorious java right near campus.
RACY D’LENE’S COFFEE LOUNGE404 Riverside Ave., Eau Claire
7 min. walk from UW-Eau Claire
Racy's is the epitome of the cool, hip, college coffee shop. The dark, moody vibe combines vintage, well-worn furniture, trinkets, antiques and art to give the place a comfortable feel that inspires good work. And that’s saying nothing about the coffee (rated the best in the Chippewa Valley for years). You can also snag a sandwich if you’re in for the long haul, which you can be since Racy’s is open as late as midnight most nights.
Wow....what can I say? Traveling near and far for my job I can’t find a latte to die for like I can at Racy’s. I also buy the espresso beans and take them home and brew them myself and am never disappointed. I’m very spoiled now. love the atmosphere, love the coffee, love the food. It’s like a “best kept secret”...and it’s all mine!
ACOUSTIC CAFÉ505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire
15 min. walk from UW-Eau Claire
Bright sunshine filters through the windows on a Saturday or Sunday at Acoustic Café, which makes it a perfect place to clear your mind and work – or attempt to. The full coffee bar will bring you in, but the baked goods keep you around and let you power through your essay/Powerpoint/diorama fueled by the power of muffins. Add in a full menu of hoagies, soups, and more and you can stick around all day – or all week.
THE COFFEE GROUNDS4212 Southtowne Dr., Eau Claire
11 min. drive from UW-Eau Claire
The Coffee Grounds is a casual, European-style café plopped into the middle of a gourmet food/coffee/beer/wine/cigar giftshop. They offer a variety of baked goods, homemade soups, and fresh unique sandwiches. They roast their own beans, offer outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly foods, and breakfast is served all day. A little out of the way from campus (closer to the mall), Coffee Grounds is still a great place for lunch, studying, or buying beans.
THE GOAT COFFEE HOUSE336 Water St., Eau Claire
7 min. walk from UW-Eau Claire
Sometimes it's good to work with others, but often you get the most done alone. The Goat is the prime place to hunker down with a latte, throw some headphones on, and take care of business. The rows of booths and single tables let you spread your work out all over the place without intruding. The coffee will keep you focused and alert. And, most importantly come finals week, the calming greens and blues will keep you from snapping your pencil in half.
Eau Claire Downtown Coffee (ECDC)333 Gibson St, Eau Claire
5 min. drive from UW-Eau Claire
Tucked inside the Lismore Hotel in downtown Eau Claire you'll find ECDC (Eau Claire Downtown Coffee). Expect high-quality coffee drinks and food in a swanky space, including a fireplace lounge. The menu includes grab-and-go breakfasts and salads, made-to-order paninis, and fresh baked goods. A great late night venue with drinks, desserts, and baked goods.
COFFEE GROUNDS4212 Southtowne Dr., Eau Claire
A little out of the way from campus (closer to the mall), Coffee Grounds is still a great place for lunch, studying, or buying beans.
ECDC205 S Barstow St., Eau Claire
Open late and connected to the Lismore Hotel downtown, ECDC is the newest coffee shop in Eau Claire.