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We may have the largest concentration of Caribou Coffees in the state, but Bloomington also takes pride in its independent coffee and tea shops. Nestled among the large chains are several small coffeehouses offering personalized service and locally brewed joe. If you’re on a mission to find some seriously tasty coffee in the Twin Cities, consider this your Bloomington checklist.

Mugshots Coffee Company
Probably because it’s located just south of Normandale Community College, Mugshots Coffee Company has the vibe of a trendy millennial coffee shop. The clean and modern design paired with the nitro cold brew on tap give this place an instant cool factor. A foodie must-try are the stuffed Nordic waffles, which come in varieties like cinnamon sugar, salmon and cream cheese, and cheese/egg/bacon.

Sencha Tea Bar
Sencha’s offering of teas and cold drinks has inspired an extremely dedicated following in the Twin Cities. Stop by Sencha Tea Bar’s outpost in Mall of America for drinks like lavender lemonade, chai shakes, and bubble tea. Great news for out-of-towners: Sencha also sells tins of its famous loose leaf tea at stores and online.

Although it’s technically a chain, many Minnesotans haven’t heard of the Taiwanese-based bubble tea shop Chatime. This hidden gem slings seriously unique beverages out of its small Level 3, South location at Mall of America. Choose a tasty milk tea, smoothie, or latte, then pick your desired amount of sweetness and fun toppings.

West Side Perk
West Side Perk sits in an unassuming strip mall in West Bloomington, flanked by Scoops Ice Cream and sports bar Zeke’s Place. “The Perk” provides a cozy, calming atmosphere to curl up with a cappuccino. An ideal spot for a small group meeting or a catch-up with a friend, this coffeehouse offers a full breakfast and lunch menu with items such as wraps, salads, and pastries.