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Cafes on the Great River Road

Need to pause along the Mississippi? Here are riverside cafes for those much-needed caffeine stops.  

  ~Minnesota~

Mandy’s Coffee and Cafe (Red Wing, MN)

Featuring local artists and high-quality coffee and tea, Mandy’s Coffee and Cafe is a stop for those searching for more of an eclectic atmosphere. If Great River Road travelers develop an appetite, their paninis and soups are a good option. 

Blooming Grounds Coffee House (Winona, MN)

The coffee house that has everything! Visitors can expect a selection of food, coffee, alcoholic beverages, and live music.

 ~Wisconsin~

The Twisted Oak Coffee House (Prescott, WI)

Want to play a quick board game and sip some coffee? The Twisted Oak Coffee House provides a cozy, friendly atmosphere for Great River Road travelers. Multiple reviews rave about the staff!

Simply Cafe (Prairie du Chien, WI)

Simply Cafe combines small-town feel with fresh and tasty menu options. The cafe is located in Prairie du Chien’s historic downtown.

~Iowa~

Coffee on the River (Lansing, IA)

Cheesecakes are the must-try item at Coffee on the River! In fact, anyone with a sweet tooth will appreciate the sugary menu. 

Pelo’s Sundries (Le Claire, IA)

Pelo’s Sundries has affordable caffeine for tight budget travelers. The cafe doesn’t rely on wifi to bring customers in, but rather good conversations.

~Illinois~

Muddy River Coffee (Chester, IL)

Find an urban, trendy spot in small-town Chester! Wifi is available if Great River Road travelers need to upload their travel pictures.

Cafe on the Abbey (Columbia, IL)

Good news for keto travelers — Cafe on the Abbey now offers keto options! Breakfast is served all day and coffee beans are sold by the pound.

 ~Missouri~

Villainous Grounds (Perryville, MO)

A comic book store and cafe come together at Villainous Grounds. While visiting, customers should explore the Mad Hatter’s Tea Room.

Baristas Coffee Bar (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Located in the Cape Girardeau’s Marquette Tower, Baristas Coffee Bar incorporates the 1920s European style. Baristas use espresso and French press brewing methods.  

~Kentucky~

Pipers Tea and Coffee (Paducah, KY)

A great stop for tea and coffee lovers! Pipers Tea & Coffee is located in the Historic Coke Plant, with its carefully roasted coffee beans and loose leaf teas.

~Tennessee~

Higher Ground Coffee Company (Union City, TN)

The cafe claims to be “a great place to be” along the riverside. In 2013, Higher Ground Coffee Company started to roast their own beans.

Java Cafe (Dyersburg, TN)

Get your latte aside some southern comfort food.  Reviewers rave about the “Dirty Snowman” (white Guittard chocolate and toffee nut latte). Yum!

~ARKANSAS~

Cypress Coffee House (Manila, AR)

A quick stop for food and caffeine at Cypress Coffee House is great for Arkansas travelers. Take a look at their sandwiches and seasonal coffee choices.

Cafe Michelle  (Harrisburg, Arkansas)

Artisan teas and coffee.  Their fresh baked pastries will have your mouth watering.

~Mississippi~

Mississippi Grounds (Cleveland, MS)

Stop between downtown Cleveland and Delta State University! Mississippi Grounds is a perfect dynamic spot for quick coffee pick-me-ups or an area to write the next great American novel in. 

Steampunk Coffee Roasters (Natchez, MS)

Visit a traditional espresso bar—but with a twist! Steampunk Coffee Roasters joins espresso, cigars, and chocolate onto one venue in a unique atmosphere.

~Louisiana~

Congregation Coffee Roasters (New Orleans, LA)

The name of the cafe is inspired by the collective noun for a group of alligators. They explore old and new coffee palates!

River Brew Coffee House (Destrehan, LA)

The staff is known for their friendliness at River Brew Coffee House! Make a stop to check out their seasonal drink options.