Best place for coffee and talk

Chelsea Jennings makes a frozen mocha at Biggby Coffee.

Chelsea Jennings makes a frozen mocha at Biggby Coffee.

1. Biggby Coffee, Lima

Location: 717 N. Cable Road, Lima; 1519 Harding Highway, Lima; 488 Fortman Drive, St. Marys

Phone: Cable Road: 419-999-9262, Harding Highway: 567-289-9434, St. Marys: 419-778-7604

Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Whether you’re looking for a hot coffee on your way to work or a cool frozen treat to start the evening, Biggby Coffee offers both coffee-based and non-coffee beverages to suit all customers. Popular drinks also come with quirky names — like the Teddy Bear, White Lightning or Butter Bear — that might sound a little strange (but delicious) to first-timers. Biggby also offers a selection of muffins, bagels, cookies and more to pair with your hot, frozen or iced beverages.

2. The Meeting Place on Market, Lima

Location: 220 W. Market St., Lima

Phone: 419-222-0985

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

Highlights: This community-oriented gourmet coffee house and cafe not only serves up a full line of premium coffee and espresso products, it’s also a great place to hang out.The coffee itself, KaffeeScape, is the coffee shop’s own brand of gourmet Arabica blend that’s gathered from premium coffee farms around the world. So grab a cup of joe — and maybe sandwich, bowl of soup, salad or a bakery item, while you’re at it — and meet up with friends to catch up on life.

3. Panera Bread, Lima

Location: 2330 Elida Road, Lima; 1830 Harding Highway, Lima

Phone: Elida Road: 419-222-3700; Harding Highway: 419-229-9797

Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 7a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: When you think of Panera Bread, you might instantly envision fresh salads, soups and sandwiches, but don’t underestimate this restaurant’s coffee scene. Panera’s got an impressive selection, including: Iced lattes, iced coffee, iced chai lattes, smoothies, frozen coffee, as well as hot drinks like mochas, lattes, hot chocolate, espresso, cappuccino and more. (Or, keep it classy with a freshly brewed hot coffee.) Grab a friend, a cup and a pastry and settle into a comfy chair to visit, enjoy the wifi and great drink.

Chelsea Jennings makes a frozen mocha at Biggby Coffee. Jennings makes a frozen mocha at Biggby Coffee.

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