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Sheboygan’s Top Coffee Shops

If you are anything like me coffee is a must first thing in the morning. I am a bit spoiled and don’t apologize when I say that most mornings my husband brings me my coffee in bed.  Now there are a few times in which this is unacceptable. Those are the days when he leaves for work before 5 AM… well now to think of it that is the only time this is unacceptable. I know, I know, I’m a lucky lady, and I am, don’t get me wrong, but truth be told he has just known me long enough to know who I am first thing in the morning. He really just doesn’t want to be punched in the throat to start his day. 😉

Based on the introductory paragraph, you may have put together the fact that I am not a morning person, and well if you didn’t, it’s okay I will slow down a bit for you to catch up.




I love the idea of being up with the sunrise. I love watching the day begin in bright colors as the sun comes up for the day.  I am also probably, my most productive self first thing in the morning. I love the feeling of starting the day fresh with it’s endless possibilities ahead… I just need some coffee to get me going.

On the most brutal of mornings, (Monday- Friday), I love the feel and nostalgia a great cup of coffee can provoke, and lets face it coffee shop coffee just tastes better.  Coffee houses have a way to  to inflict rest & relaxation on me. They encourage solitude and time to connect with God without the distractions of home.   They motivate me to play a board game, to read a new book, enhance my creative side, and enjoy the simplicity of the sounds that arise from behind the counter as the baristas work to perfect that cup of steaming hot goodness.

If you are ever in Sheboygan (and trust me you should be, I love our little Midwest town) these area coffee shops are a must see! Not only is the coffee wonderful but the atmospheres are inspiring.

1. The Green House

My all time favorite.  It is technically located in Kohler (Sheboygan county), so I had to think about whether or not I was going to include this one, but then I thought what the heck it’s my blog so dang it I did! This place honestly speaks to my soul. I think that it may have been designed entirely for me. The rich history of Kohler is something to write home about in and of itself.  There is something about but the deep colors, live plants and the feeling of being in Europe that make my heart flutter a bit. All of this, of course, makes sense when you consider the heritage of this quaint beauty.

The Green House was literally dismantled from the north of England and transported back to Kohler. They then rebuilt this solarium piece by piece.

The snow falling outside as you look through the stained glass is mesmerizing and makes for a perfect place to play a board game, read a book or enjoy a conversation with a friend.

The menu does not disappoint. They boast a selection of sweet treats including European pastries, deli sandwiches, warm teas, homemade ice cream and of course espresso drinks to warm you.



2. Paradigm

Paradigm comes in a close 2nd and technically 1st in Sheboygan.

When you enter this locally owned and operated coffee shop you immediately become enveloped in its quirky atmosphere.  The feel of Bohemia is in its mismatched furniture pieces and old world signage.

The bikes hanging as wall décor pays perfect homage to the not-for-profit bicycle recycling program housed in the basement. Gifting those in need a wonderful way to propel themselves through the streets of this beautiful city.

The almost floor to ceiling black framed windows open to the down town, let in the sights and sounds of a wonderful Wisconsin summer.

The food here though!

The Food at paradigm is not comparable to any other coffee shop in town. Hands down some of my favorite vegetarian/vegan food. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but some definite must tries include;

Hello Bello Portabello: roasted peppers and onions, smoked provolone, and horseradish sauce on a ciabatta.

BBQ Jack: barbecued jackfruit, garlic mayo, bbq sauce, and black pepper slaw on a ciabatta.

Oh! and any of those freshly baked treats from the glass case on your right that taunt you as you order.

Entertainment is in no short supply here either. Sprinkled throughout random stops for coffee is a guitarist, a poetry reading or a local singer/songwriter up on stage.

For a more formal listing of who takes the stage next, check out the live music & upcoming events page

I would be completely amiss if I didn’t mention the tattoo shop that overlooks all of this!  Honestly where else can you go to get a cup o’ joe and a tat all in the same place? Maybe Paradigm is #1 after all!

Check out Chicory Root tattoo studio. Kayla, the owner of Chicory Root, has a soft hand as she uses beautiful muted earth tones to create art. She is a beautiful human being on the inside and out, and while you are there ask her about the Chicory Root. 🙂


3. Glas

I’m Irish…need I say more?

“Glas” literally translates to ‘green’ in Gaelic. The green coffee house not only reflects a strong Irish legacy it also speaks to their commitment to protecting our environment. In fact, bike riders receive a 10% discount. The earth appreciates your contribution to clean air and so does Glas!

The loose leaf teas and breakfast burritos on this menu are my favorite!

Enjoy 2-stories of light and airy breathable space overlooking the Sheboygan river.

Not only is there an indoor fireplace to warm up to there is an outdoor fire pit to boot! Perfect for our long, long, long, long, long Wisconsin winters.



4. Z spot

Last but not least!

Z spot gives you a warm-moody, Mexican-industrial feel with eclectic touches and neon lights! I don’t even know if all of that can be in the same sentence?

They house a wide selection of coffee drinks, sandwiches and homemade soups. They even feature bottled beer and wines, with monthly wine tasting, AND they have a drive thru! How great is that?! Now to be fair I don’t think you can get your beer and wine through the drive thru, but if that changes in the near future… come back and give credit where credit is due. Just sayin’.

Z spot offers a forever changing display of art work from local artists as well. A win win! An art gallery topped off with a little espresso or wine depending on the time of day of course. Oh, who am I trying to fool?! Hey-no judgement here.

There you have it folks.  Sheboygan’s Top 4 Coffee Shops.


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Have you been?  Which is your favorite?


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