Jayhawk Corner Cafe & Jayhawk Java

700 S.W. Jackson, Topeka

Scott Nickel, who has operated the Brickyard Barn Inn on N.W. 25th with his wife, Truanna, for the past 11 years, has extended his cooking reach to the Jayhawk Tower office complex at 7th and Jackson.

The Jayhawk Corner Cafe, located in the lobby of the former Jayhawk Hotel, offers an all-inclusive lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and eventually will have breakfast, too. The food includes American, Italian, Mexican and Southwestern favorites on a rotating basis. Coffee is served from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week.

Juli's Coffee and Bistro

110 S.E. 8th, Topeka

Juli's Coffee and Bistro, located in Gage Village shopping center at Huntoon and Gage, opened in May 2011. Featuring a long list of drip, espresso and gourmet coffee drinks, Juli's also has a menu loaded with tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads. In the morning, look for biscuits & gravy, breakfast burritos and tacos as well as assorted Danish.

With coffee beans from Kansas City's Roasterie and Topeka's Blue Jazz, owner Juli Cuthbertson has owned coffee shops in Rossville, Junction City and Wamego before opening up her new cafe in Topeka.

In April 2014, Juli's moved from the Huntoon and Gage location to downtown.

Lazio's Coffee Bar & Roasterie

2111 S.W. Belle, Topeka

Lazio's is a friendly, laid-back spot where customers can come in for a good cup of coffee, a bagel for breakfast or a sandwich for lunch. Lazio's roasts its own coffee, so break away from your normal brew and try one of its specialty drinks! (Updated 1.29.14)

Nib's House of Coffee

2525 N. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Since 2003, Nib's has offered gourmet coffees and good service in a bright family-owned atmosphere in North Topeka. Owners Nichole and Brady Yingling are north-city natives and opened the spot when they were barely out of high school. (12/12)

Panera Bread

1421 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

This bakery and bistro offers a comfortable spot to meet with friends or enjoy free Wi-Fi Internet access. Coffee and espresso drinks are available along with soups, salads, paninis and sandwiches that feature Panera's fresh-baked breads. The long menu is filled with a wide array of options.

The Topeka location in this national chain opened in 2000 and has been a repeat "Best of Topeka" winner.

Call and fax-in orders are accepted with no minimum purchase required. Orders can usually be ready within 20 to 30 minutes, but the staff can't guarantee it will be done at a specific time.

Pepe & Chela's

1001 S.W. Tyler, Topeka

The Aliva family has been feeding Topekans since 1986. Everything is made fresh daily, from the chips to the chile rellenos -- with food made from both Avila family recipes and other dishes created to entice customers.

In May 2009, the restaurant completed a new outdoor patio, adding 26 seats where diners can enjoy the weather on nice days and evenings. The patio features outdoor music and lights.


2830 S.W. Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Customers can choose from a variety of crispy thin or traditional crust pizzas, with a variety of toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and tomato sauce to more cutting edge finishes like fish, chicken and alfredo sauce.

Pizza is sold by the slice or by the pie, and is available to eat in or carry-out. The restaurant's popular bakery is open all day, so customers can purchase a bagel or espresso drink any time. Beer and wine are served at the bar, and delivery service will be added within a few months of the restaurant's opening.

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Cafe

1635 S.W. Washburn Ave., Topeka

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. opened Flying Monkey Handcrafted Brews on Dec. 2, 2011. A cafe specializing in serving Direct Trade Coffee and Espresso, Flying Monkey is located in the College Hill District at 17th & Washburn next to Washburn University, Flying Monkey is a PT's Coffee Roasting Co. cafe that serves PT's signature coffee, fresh, local food and a selection of local and regional microbrews including beer from Topeka's Blind Tiger.

On July 19, 2012, Flying Monkey was rebranded as PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

Soho Espresso

3129 SW Huntoon, Topeka

Located inside Soho Interiors in the historic Westboro Shopping Center, Soho Espresso features authentic affogato — a gelato and espresso concoction — as well as espresso drinks, delicious breads, cakes and cookies from a collection of family recipes all baked in the store from scratch. Soho Espresso opened on Nov. 2, 2011.

Soho Espresso is also open during special, late night events such as the monthly Art Walk and trunk shows.


1235 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Since 2005, Starbucks has offered a friendly, relaxed place to escape from the stress of school or work and enjoy a dependably great cup of coffee. There is space to relax in a cushy chair or chat with a friend over a game of checkers.

Starbucks purchases and roasts high-quality whole bean coffees and sells them along with fresh, rich-brewed, Italian style espresso beverages, a variety of pastries and confections, and coffee-related accessories and equipment.

This location has a drive through. (Updated 3/19/09)