BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery

Cafés, Sweets

112 E. Kirkwood
812-334-8460

bluboychocolatestore.com

Beautiful chocolates and cakes are handcrafted with local ingredients at BLU Boy. Don’t forget luscious seasonal tarts and pies, the daily cupcake menu, or house-made gourmet ice cream. All make great gifts. • Prices: Cookies and macarons $2–$3, cake and pie slices $3–$5, chocolates $2–$12 • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Th.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
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Chocolate Moose, The

American, Fair Labor, Ice Cream, Sweets

401 S. Walnut St.
812-333-0475

chocolatemoosebloomington.com

Come summer, lines form well into the night at The Chocolate Moose. Grasshopper and Moose Chocolate ice creams are classics and well worth the wait. Soft serve is big, too, from tiny torch cones to chocolate-and-nut-dipped swirls. • Prices: Ice cream $1.50–$5, slushies and sno cones $.50–$2, sundaes and parfaits $2–$5, sandwiches $1–$4 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. noon–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Darn Good Soup

Gluten-Free, Ice Cream, Soup, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian

107 N. College
812-335-3533

darngoodsoup.com

Nels Boerner, a former chef at The Uptown Café, opened this soup and salad restaurant on the downtown Square to serve quick, healthful meals. They’ve made more than 50 varieties, including “The Best Cream of Mushroom Ever” — a thick, rich soup laden with shiitake and button mushrooms. Soups change daily but always include vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re looking for something with a kick, try bakso, an Indonesian meatball soup. • Prices: $4–$8 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No

Hartzell’s Ice Cream

Ice Cream, Sweets

107 N. Dunn St.
812-332-3502

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Just steps from East Kirkwood, Hartzell’s has stepped up to fill ice cream cravings near campus. Freshly made waffle cones and bowls are the way to go — fill yours with a scoop or two of creamy homemade ice cream. Carbolite and frozen yogurt are lighter options. • Prices: Ice cream $2–$5, sundaes $4–$5, yogurt and carbolite $1–$5 • Hours: Mon.3:30–11 p.m. Tu.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun. noon–11 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pourhouse Café, The

Bakery, Breakfast, Cafés, Fair Labor, Juice Bar, Sweets

314 E. Kirkwood
812-339-7000

thepourhousecafe.com

This nonprofit coffee house’s motto is “pouring global goodness.” Launched by Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 100 percent of profits and tips are donated to charity. Check the website to see where the money is donated each month. The deceptively large space has plenty of room for a coffee date or an extended study session, there’s even a small stage for live music. All manner of coffee and espresso drinks are sold, along with smoothies and teas. Sandwiches, cookies, muffins, and gelato are also available. • Prices: Coffee $2.50–$3.45, espresso drinks, tea, and smoothies $1.79–$4.95, gelato $2.85–$4.25, sandwiches $4–$6.95 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun. 1–7 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Rainbow Bakery

Bakery, Gluten-Free, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian

201 S. Rogers St.
812-822-3741

rainbowbakery.net

This funky café is Bloomington’s first all-vegan bakery. They whip up dozens of fun cupcake flavors, such as Sweet Coconut Curry and Chai Latte. The types of cupcakes available change daily. They also offer a varying assortment of baked goodies, such as doughnuts, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Many of their treats are gluten-free, or can be specially ordered that way for an extra charge. • Prices: Cakes $20–$45, dozen cupcakes $25–$36, doughnuts $2 • Hours: Tu.–Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar

Cafés, Fair Labor, Juice Bar, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian

322 E. Kirkwood • 812-331-2770
1400 E. 3rd St. Suite C • 812-333-7334

iheartsoma.com

Serving up the best latte in town, Soma works magic with coffee beans and an espresso machine. A prime downtown location and another in Jordan Square means more to love. Constant traffic means the coffee is always fresh. • Prices: Coffee $1–$3, espresso drinks $1.50–$4.50, juice and smoothies $3–$4.50, baked goods $1.50–$4 • Hours: East Kirkwood Mon.–Fri. 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. East 3rd Street Mon.–Fri. 6 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Square Donuts

Donuts, Sweets

531 N. Walnut • 812-337-0100
3866 W. 3rd St. • 812-333-2799

squaredonuts.com

Drive to the North Walnut location of Square Donuts to get your morning doughnut fix straight through your car window. Yeast doughnuts are light, airy confections that make it far too easy to go back for seconds. Night owls can score freshly fried doughnuts through the pickup window starting at 1 a.m. • Prices: Individual doughnuts $.25–$1, a dozen doughnuts $7–$9 • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 6 a.m.–2 p.m. and midnight–4 a.m. at North Walnut location.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Stefano’s Ice Café

Cafés, Sandwiches, Sweets

Fountain Square Mall, Mezzanine Level
812-331-0575

Located in the heart of Fountain Square Mall, Stefano’s offers a variety of made-to-order sandwiches and salads. Panini sandwiches are grilled with crisp cucumber slices inside, held together with melted provolone and tomato on basil focaccia. For a sweet afternoon pick-me-up, try the glazed almonds, toasted and spiced with cinnamon. Breakfast offerings include custom omelets and eggs, along with a selection of pastries. • Prices: Sandwiches $4–$9, desserts and pastries $2–$5, breakfast $3–$7 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun. noon–7 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal

Trigos Bakery

Bakery, Sweets

310 Muller Parkway
812-339-6797

trigosbakery.com

Introduce yourself to the wide world of Mexican baked goods at Trigos Bakery on Bloomington’s west side. The compact and sweet-smelling storefront displays traditional Mexican pastries baked each morning by owner Ivan Heredia. Daily selections vary, but you’re likely to find cookies, croissants, muffins, and especially conchas, slightly sweet pastry buns decorated like shells. • Prices: Individual pastries $1–$4 • Hours: Mon.–Tu. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wed.–Th. 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Underground Cupcakes and Cafe

Bakery, Sandwiches, Soup, Sweets

3631 W. State Rd. 46
812-935-5253

undergroundcupcakes.com

Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Strawberry Champagne. These are just three of the 80+ cupcakes on the menu at Underground Cupcakes & Café, owned by sisters Marena Regalado and Melissa Emlinger. Daily selections vary, but custom orders (including gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan cupcakes) take just a few days. Gluten-free and sugar-free cupcakes are also available every Wednesday. If it’s something savory you’re craving, the café has you covered. At least two made-from-scratch soups, plus made-to-order salads and sandwiches, are available every day. • Prices: Cupcakes $2.75–$3.25; sandwiches and salads $5.50–$8.50; soup $3.95–$5.95 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

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