Julius Meinl, 3601 N. Southport
This coffeehouse is unique, in that there are only two in the world. One is in Vienna, Austria, and the other is right here in Wrigleyville. Indeed, stepping into this spacious café is like stepping into Vienna itself: many ingredients are directly imported from Austria and ensure a genuinely exotic experience. You will notice blackboards featuring names of Austrian delicacies and other European specialties, all available at the café. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and a fixed price menu, you can choose anything from a full meal to a simple coffee.
There are only 2 Julius Meinl coffeehouses in the world
Be sure to linger at the pastry counter and take in the aesthetically pleasing cupcakes, cakes and cookies. Each one looks like a mini work of art and the experience of tasting one is no less pleasing.
If you are in the mood for a caffeine kick, try the Café Mocha; this is Meinl espresso, Meinl European cocoa and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream. The Hot Chocolate is incredibly delicious; made with European cocoa, it is rich and can almost be a meal unto itself. Both drinks make excellent complements to the wide array of pastries.
There is outdoor seating at the café, but if live music is being featured that day, be sure to find a seat inside. The music is beautiful and can vary from a quartet of violinists to a pair of Spanish guitars. Lean back, listen to the music, take in the artfully decorated walls and revel in the tastes that only Julius Meinl can offer.