Marika’s ~ Colorado Springs Coffee Shops
Recently I had a less-than-pleasant experience at Panera Bread, which set me on a quest to find wonderfully inviting Colorado Springs Coffee Shops in which to read, write, work, or meet friends. I found near-perfection in nearby Manitou Springs, and when my quest is done, it may just be my ‘place of choice.’
Manitou Springs is a unique and eclectic town less than fifteen minutes from Downtown Colorado Springs. My wonderfully patient husband walked thru the entrance to Marika’s and turned and smiled at me and said, “Just your kind of place.” Indeed, it was a little slice of Nirvana, and exactly what I have been looking for. Located at 739 Manitou Avenue in the heart of town, Marika’s is located in an historic building and is inviting and cozy.
While the front room is engaging, what was even more alluring for me was the fact that Marika’s has separate rooms. Depending on your mood, depending on your desire for quiet, or whether or not you are there just for the coffee, the ambiance, to meet old friends or new friends, or a place to which to escape, Marika’s offers several alternatives.
My personal favorite was the back room that is home to couches and over-sized chairs with tables, and fulfills my personal quest for what I affectionately call The Menstral Hut ~ that place to which I can escape when everyone and everything has gotten on my last nerve. There are also chess sets that are available to while away some time with your more intellectual counterparts.
Open at 7:00 am daily, until 10:00 pm Monday thru Thursday, 11:00 pm on Friday, and 9:00 pm on Sunday, Marika’s offers a large selection of beverages and many enticing treats. Often seasonal but always delicious, some of the indulgences include Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Cupcakes, Lemon Bars, Red Velvet Cupcakes, delicious Shortbreads, and many other delights. Their gourmet coffee is South American and Indonesian. Teas are also available, and everything is available hot or iced.
WiFi is free and unlimited, but please be polite and purchase something if you are going to come and use their facilities. I definitely recommend Marika’s for either a quick or prolonged encounter. You won’t be disappointed.