Missoula’s Coffee (and beer!) Culture Has Few Rivals
I am still smitten with Missoula three weeks after my trip. The coffee shops, bike paths, architecture and ghost signs, as well as the University of Montana campus and events, all make the western Montana town a worthwhile place to stay for a night or two. Start your day with a great breakfast at a local cafe and end it with the town’s music scene and you will be hard pressed to leave during your travel across the Rocky Mountain states. Did I mention coffee? One of Missoula’s best features is its vibrant coffee scene. And downtown Missoula is full of great cafes. Liquid Planet not only serves a mean brew, a huge selection of teas and smoothies that are full of more healthy ingredients than the sugary options elsewhere. The comfy cafe also boasts a great selection of wines and beers, many of them local or near-local. The beers are excellent, but be aware: you cannot imbibe in the store, unfortunately. A few blocks up Higgins Street is The Break Espresso. Large and cavernous, you can make your pit stop at The Break more than worthwhile with a meal of one of its quiches or even better, fresh fruit pies. Both cafes offer steady reliable wifi, friendly workers and a great place to rest whether you are fueling for a bike ride, crave a dose of caffeine before a night of live music or stuck doing some work that cannot wait. Either way, the mix of locals and students add to Missoula’s convivial atmosphere that sadly, is really difficult to leave. The Missoula coffee scene, quite simply, rocks.