The Indiana Dunes region is a treasure trove of natural beauty, and there’s no better way to start your day before hitting the trails or exploring the region than to indulge in our vibrant café scene. Here are a few unmissable coffee shops, artisan pastry nooks, and cozy brunch spots.


Blackbird Café

Situated in Valparaiso, Blackbird Café offers more than just a caffeine fix; it provides the full café experience. Whether you're working remotely or just enjoying a day out, the café's food options are perfect companions to their extensive drink menu. As the longest-standing café in Valpo, Blackbird Café is a testament to the owner's family legacy, who have served customers in town since 1974.



Third Coast Spice Café

Just outside the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Third Coast Spice Café keeps its café fare mindful and intentional. Owners David and Lisa Wodrich have created an inviting space adorned with local art, where the menu caters to a wide range of dietary preferences, from vegan to gluten-free, keto, and beyond. Their coffee and drinks menu is as thoughtful and delectable as their food, featuring creative drinks such as the S’more Latte, alongside classic coffee and various teas. With an emphasis on local, organic, and minimally processed ingredients, Third Coast Spice Café is the perfect spot for health-conscious foodies who don't want to compromise on flavor.

Three plates with cafe food sit on a table including blueberry pancakes, eggs and bacon, and a club sandwich with french fries.


Fluid Coffee Roasters

Fluid Coffee Roasters takes the coffee experience to a new level with its family-owned and operated roasteries and cafés scattered throughout the Indiana Dunes region. Known for its specialty coffee and light eats, its two Valparaiso locations offer a unique ambiance—from its modern punk vibes downtown to its plant-filled, art-drenched coffee lounge. With a commitment to craftsmanship and a passion for coffee, Fluid invites visitors to connect, create, and feel invigorated.

A square white bowl with fruit and cream sits in front of a black coffee mug


Dagger Mountain Roastery

Also in Valparaiso, Dagger Mountain Roastery is a gem within the Indiana Dunes coffee scene, renowned for its meticulous approach to specialty coffee. This artisanal roastery emphasizes a farm-to-cup philosophy, sourcing beans from ethical and sustainable farms. With a rustic yet modern ambiance, Dagger Mountain provides a tranquil retreat for coffee aficionados. It offers pourover, espresso drinks, cold brew, and more.

A latte in a dark mug on a saucer sits near a bag of coffee and a plate of cookies.

While we’ve highlighted a few favorites, we would be remiss not to mention other notable spots, such as Bao's Pastry, Desserts by Juliette, Evolution Artisan Confections, First Brew Coffee Co., Joe's Bread, Red Cup Cafe & Deli, Teatery, The Press, and the Trailyard Kitchen + Bar

While enjoying the options above, don’t miss out on signing up for the Indiana Dunes Coffee & Sweets Trail. This self-guided tour offers a journey through the best of the region's café culture and a chance to score deals and prizes. It's a delightful way to experience the local flavors and support small businesses.



Coffee & Sweets Trail

Tour the county on our Coffee & Sweets Trail. You'll experience Indiana Dunes-themed drinks like the Cowles Bog matcha latte and the lavender-flavored Diana of the Dunes drink. Sign up and…