My Favorite Cafés in Chico, CA
We moved to Chico, CA in August 2018—about seven months ago—and I’m still getting to know the area. The Husband and I went to college at CSU, Chico. However, that was fifteen years ago, so I'm slowly reacquainting myself with the City of Chico and Butte County as a whole.
I'm looking forward to exploring more of the area in the spring and summer. And speaking of exploring, I've been patronizing local coffee shops in Chico. If you've been following my work for a while, you know that I'm obsessed with coffee. For example, I took a daily photo of my coffee mug for over five years, and I wrote a book about the project. I concluded the project last year, but my preoccupation with coffee hasn't ended.
Today, I thought it would be fun to share a list of my favorite coffee shops in Chico. The list below isn't comprehensive because I haven't visited all the cafés in Chico (at least not yet).
With that caveat, here's a list—in no particular order—of my favorite coffee haunts in town.
Shortly after we moved to Chico, we cycled around town to familiarize ourselves with the bike routes near our home. We went on our ride early in the morning because it was cool(ish). By 11 am it was 90 degrees F, and later in the day the temperature climbed to over 100 degrees! Summertime in Chico is hot.
Before cycling home, we stopped for a break at The Naked Lounge. I had a cold coffee on Nitro (the drink was called a Blackout); perfect for a hot summer day. I enjoyed the coffee, the cafe's vibe, and I love the bike stable in front of The Naked Lounge. When I'm in downtown Chico, I use it frequently.
I adore Brave Coffee because the baristas are friendly, the atmosphere is excellent for writing, reading, and hanging out with friends, and they serve the best pour-over coffee in Chico. I love their black and white decor, and the nook of blue chairs by the entrance. Also, they serve Temple Coffee! I discovered Temple when I lived in Sacramento, CA, and it’s delicious.
Great Northern Coffee is in a converted 1947 Pullman train car. The interior of the coffee shop has an old-time vintage vibe, which is unique. Also, they serve Insight Coffee, and it's yummy. Check out my photo essay of the café here.
The Upper Crust is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee, breakfast, lunch, or a sugary treat. These days, I don't eat sugar often. However, when I eat the sweet stuff, I go big. For example, a few weeks ago I purchased a strawberry cheesecake at the restaurant to share with loved ones, and I savored my slice.