Escaping the cold is easier when nearly every neighborhood in the Twin Cities has a terrific third-wave coffeeshop. Wesley Andrews in Whittier is a five-minute walk from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Light Grey Art Lab, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, so properly bundled museumgoers can easily cap off their art crawl with a slow-bar specialty from this inviting brick-walled cafe. The space’s bright, airy layout makes it a fine place to read a book, take a work meeting, write the next chapter in your great American novel, or just watch a bunch of cat videos on mute (whatever, no judgment).
Everything here is roasted in-house, from single-origin rarities like a recent Myanmar collaboration with Torch Coffee Labs to limited-edition blends produced in partnership with Silver Lake’s Folly Coffee. Co-owners Johan Podlweski and Jared Thompson have a background in tea, too, so they always keep left-field leaves on hand from Spirit Tea for anyone who prefers the nutty, floral, and grassy notes of a perfectly steeped pot.
Also worth a mention: WA’s flaky, buttery croissants from Patisserie 46, one of our favorite bakeries in South Minneapolis.
111 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN; 612-460-7739.