By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Oct 01, 2021 at 8:01 AM

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Local coffee shops serve more of a purpose than places to catch a caffeine buzz. They are spots to socialize, intellectualize, organize, and, sometimes, grab a helluva sandwich at the same time.

Milwaukee lost a few iconic coffee shops recently, including The Original Fuel Cafe, Comet Cafe and, after this weekend, Brewed.

And Covid, for now, might have curbed long-term hangs, but there are still plenty of comfy, caffeine-ready coffee shops ready to overfloweth cups with liquid ambition. Some offer carry-out and delivery, too.

Here are five new to you – or not so new to you – Brew City coffee shops.

Dream Lab
327 W. National Ave., (414) 210-4104

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Located in the heart of Walker’s Point and home to some of the city’s best sports-themed murals, Dream Cafe serves up coffee and craft beer in a casual, creative environment. Read Dream Lab's origin story here.

Canary Coffee Bar
720 N. Old World Third St.


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Located inside the historic Hotel Wisconsin, family-owned Canary Coffee Bar has a hip, airy vibe and serves up coffee from a variety of different roasters. Read Canary's full story here.

Fuel on 5th
630 S. 5th

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Fuel on 5th is a locally-owned, moto-themed cafe, bar and restaurant that’s ironically touted “killer coffee, lousy service” since 1993. Learn more about Fuel 5th Street here.

Hi-Fi Cafe
2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

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This iconic coffee shop has a timeless look, feel and menu that’s organically positioned it as one of Milwaukee’s most beloved cafes since the mid-1990s.

Sprocket Cafe
3385 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

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Woman-owned, bicycle-themed Sprocket Cafe is a small, welcoming shop with fresh coffee, sandwiches and bakery. Read the Sprocket's backstory here.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.