Fall in Madison has a certain charm to it — you know, the short window between the extreme hot + extreme cold — that makes us want to curl up with a pumpkin spice latte and a good book. Whether you’re already feeling those fall vibes or want to ease into the season, check out some of our favorite spots that are sure to please bookworms + coffee fanatics alike.
☕ Start with some java
Indie Coffee | 1225 Regent St. | For students and young professionals, Indie is a great place to bring your laptop and get some work done. Pro tip: Don’t leave without trying the waffles — served all day long.
Wonderstate | 27 W. Main St. | Explore a classic menu accompanied by a sleek and modern interior. Use this as a quick pick-me-up if you’re walking the square and need to retreat from the chilly fall air.
📚 Pick up new reads for the season
Paul’s Book Store | 670 State St. | Do you want to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of State Street? This quaint, cozy retailer with a mix of used + out-of-print books is the perfect place for you.
Mystery to Me |1863 Monroe St. | With a whimsical aesthetic + an expansive kid’s selection, it’s no mystery to us why this shop is a family favorite in the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood.
🎭 Best of both worlds
Leopold’s Books Bar Caffè |1301 Regent St. | Worldly novels, cocktails, and coffee — Leopold’s has a little something for everybody. Feeling fancy? Try something pulled from their imported vintage Elektra espresso machine.
Moka at UW Bookstore | 711 State St. | A walk-up window facing Library Mall makes this the perfect pit stop to grab some Badger gear and a latte to fuel you before the walk (climb) up Bascom Hill. (Think: Where State Street meets campus.)