In college, caffeine is almost a necessity. Finding the perfect coffee shop can be a little daunting though…The list below consists of 6 local Evansville coffee shops that are definitely worth a try. Whether you are going to study or chit chat with friends I am confident you will find the perfect place for whatever you are looking for. And in case you are worried about breaking the bank, most of these cafes offer student discounts!

Joe Brewski

This new shop is also downtown and right around the corner from campus. A priority of Joe Brewski is not only providing delicious drinks, but educating their customers of the various odds and ends of the brewing process. This shop may not be the best for sitting in a chilling out, but it is a great place to ask questions if you are interested in learning about coffee. Cold brew is their specialty as well, so if you’re in the mood for a nice iced drink, this is your place. Just be aware they do have limited hours and are not open on the weekend, so just plan accordingly when you visit.

Parlor Donuts

This list wouldn’t be complete without including Parlor. While they may be best known for their donuts, don’t be fooled, their selection does not stop at donuts, Parlor has many different milkshakes, coffees, matchas, breakfast tacos, and more. Their location downtown is also a great atmosphere to study or meet up with a friend. The decor includes a multitude of local artifacts from Evansville’s past and includes many different seating options. And for those that are gluten free, keto, or if a 4 legged furry friend is tagging along, Parlor offers some unique donut options suitable for just about everyone!

Mission Grounds

Want your purchase to make a difference? Mission Grounds is an adorable coffee shop in partnership with Evansville Rescue Mission. A nonprofit that helps to rehabilitate homeless within Evansville. With affordable prices and a very inviting environment, Mission Grounds is a great choice to get off campus. And when you are in need of a study break, the cafe shares a space with their own thrift store, so you can find a bargain between hitting the books! I can not speak more highly of their customer service as well. The smiling faces you meet here will not only help caffeinate you, but they will surely brighten your day as well. Small bakery items and a multitude of teas are also available for purchase.


I am sure by now you have heard of the cafe that is practically on campus, but in case you haven’t, Honeymoon is great especially if you are looking for a place to study! Honeymoon offers a student discount and has speciality waffles that rotate every new lunar cycle. In addition, the staff consists of multiple UE students or former students that always offer a friendly face after a long day of classes. The Weinbach location is not the only place to go if you are looking to get a little more off campus though, Honeymoon now has 4 locations. If you want a little road trip, the Newburgh location is nestled in a great area surrounded by locally owned shops right next to the river.

Penny Lane Coffeehouse

Looking for a fun, funky, and fresh cafe? Penny Lane Coffeehouse is just the place for you then! Nestled in a little community just outside of downtown, Penny Lane is known for making some great breakfast sandwiches in addition to their coffee and smoothies. They also make sandwiches for lunch and offer a ‘build your own’ option, so you can create whatever you are craving the most! Penny Lane sells art made by local artists and has a plethora of handmade jewelry for purchase around the shop in addition to having live music periodically.

River Kitty Cat Cafe

This unique cafe not only serves up delicious coffee, but also is in partnership with Vanderburgh Humane Society. The shop allows you to play with cats available for adoption for a fee of $6. Want a sneak peak? A quick google search will take you to a live stream of the cats in the cafe! As for the food and drinks, they not only offer a selection of cat-themed coffee, they also have smoothies, sweet treats like macarons, and a selection of alcoholic beverages.

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