Coffee Culture in the Elgin Area

Coffee Culture in the Elgin Area
May 13, 2021 Elgin Area CVB

It’s easy to see that coffee culture is on the rise in the Elgin area– just take one look at the number of small, independent shops found in neighborhoods throughout our communities. We take a look at the top places to satisfy your caffeine craving.

Coffee isn’t just a part of your daily routine, it’s also something to build great conversation over. However, not everyone loves coffee. No problem! If your taste buds prefer teas, juice, smoothies, and hot cocoas you can find options from some of these local coffee shops:


Alexander’s Cafe
1725 N. State Street
Elgin, IL

This contemporary diner features delicious lattes and an excellent breakfast menu.

Arabica Cafe 
59 Douglas Ave,
Elgin, IL 60120
Arabica Cafe is a local coffee House featuring Bridgetown Coffee and espresso, scratch-made pastries and sandwiches on their own scratch-made bread. We recommend their Honey Vanilla Latte.

Photo taken by staff

Blue Box Cafe
176 E. Chicago Street
Elgin, IL

This brightly colored coffee & sandwich shop serves their fares with a fun Dr. Who theme.

Bumblebee Play Cafe
1015 N Randall Rd
Elgin, IL
Kids and parents can enjoy this venue – Bumblebee Play Café is a family-owned indoor playground, party venue & café all-in-one. It’s an excellent choice when you’re looking for a unique indoor venue to get your kids active.

Country Donuts
3091 US-20 #101
Elgin, IL

Serving fresh and tasty coffee and donuts for 30 years! This venue is a perfect stop in our Route 20 Road Trip Getaway itinerary.

Meraki Market Hub
66 S Grove Ave
Elgin, IL

This unique store has a coffee bar at its entrance – grab a cup, and then sip while you peruse 6,000 square feet of shopping featuring multiple artisan shops. From handmade soaps to clothing, accessories home decor, and more. It also features a back patio near the Fox River and Fox River Bike Trail.

Mozzafiato Gelato and Coffee
3145 W Rte 20 #203
Elgin, IL

Grab a craft coffee, decadent pastry, or a sweet scoop of handmade gelato from this classic and upscale feeling shop. If you love sweets, be sure to check out our Elgin Area bakeries and treats listings.

Roll N Donut Cafe
270 S Grove Ave (Inside the Gail Borden Public Library)
Elgin, IL

This cafe’s signature offering is its fresh-made donuts. They also serve handmade coffees and a rotating selection of bites such as pork buns and sandwiches. Grab a treat, then head onto the Fox River Trail for 40 miles of fun.

Lao Iced coffee photo courtesy of Roll N Donut cafe.

Viator Coffee Co.
51 S. Grove Ave
Elgin, IL

Found inside Lounge 51 where you can find pop-up style lunch options from a variety of vendors.

South Elgin

Coffee Haus
406 Randall Rd
South Elgin, IL

This Korean-style cafe offers a variety of flavored bubble teas, smoothies, and coffee-based drinks such as espressos, lattes, and frappes.

AJ’S Java Joint
586 Randall Rd
South Elgin, IL

This joint boasts healthy coffee options that are sugar-free and low-carb, so you can enjoy your favorite drink guilt-free. Plus, they have a delicious and nutritious menu!

Photo courtesy of Aj’s Java Joint

West Dundee

Elder + Oat
124 W. Main St.
West Dundee, IL

Rooted to the first store in West Dundee, IL established in 1835, Elder + Oat, nods to the now with a continuation of donut creations and a bow to the past with an artisanal approach to coffee and breads. You plan to stop here as part of a weekend getaway to West Dundee.


Dlicious Coffee Bar
211 W. Railroad Avenue
Bartlett, IL

Neighborhood coffee shop serving authentic French coffee, tea, matcha, iced coffee, hot chocolate, and more. This shop is attached to Banbury Fair, a boutique that offers unique gifts and clothing.

Photo courtesy of Dlicious Coffee Bar


Rebecca’s Cakes & Lattes
225 S Main St
Bartlett, IL

Garb a sip or decadent pastry from this woman-owned family-run 100% nut-free bakery that specializes in custom cakes, sweets, and signature coffee drinks.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca’s Cakes & Lattes


Unique Coffee Café
2168N. Randall Road
Carpentersville, IL

Unique Coffee Café is the new evolution in the specialty coffee business, with new technology and advanced equipment. They want you to have very high-quality products and services and they want you to have them fast.

Photo Courtesy of Unique Coffee Cafe

Start Nutrition
1655 Ravine Ln
Carpentersville, IL

Coffee and tea are served here as well as refreshing shakes and smoothies.

East Dundee

The Eastside Cafe
316 N. River St.
East Dundee, IL

This cozy cafe boasts crazy decadent hot cocoa and hearty sandwiches. If you’re looking to sample a variety, they also serve coffee flights and a range of wines!

Be sure to check out their listing in our Fall Bucket List Itinerary.

Mockingbird Bar + Garden
217 Barrington Avenue
East Dundee, IL

Located on the Bike Path and Open all day in European fashion, their combination of Espresso Bar, Cocktail Lounge, and Wood-fired Kitchen offers fresh approachable Cicchetti (small plates) in the style of Venice, prepared in their Wood Burning Oven, as done in the French Countryside.

No matter what you have going on, early morning workout, groceries, heading to work, or just running errands you can get through your day. Grab your favorite at your usual place or switch it up and try something new!

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