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. There’s lots to love and it’s a really great study spot too.
Lovely carmel pecan rolls and breakfast kolache. Fun atmosphere. Look for local celebrity sightings!
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.
Nestled right on the edge of downtown Eau Claire is one of the coolest and most unique cafés this side of the Chippewa River. SHIFT Cyclery + Coffee Bar is half coffeeshop, half bike shop, and it’s got a warm, welcoming vibe whether you’re getting some work done, tuning up your bike, or hanging out with pals. They’ve got kombucha on tap, tons of coffee options, and delicious waffles to keep you going. Check out their calendar for live music, art shows, social bike rides, and food truck appearances.
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.
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.
RACY’S IS THE EPITOME OF THE 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 among the best in the Chippewa Valley for years). You can also snag blenders, teas, sodas, juices, or even step into The Nucleus next door for some of the best breakfast and brunch options around.