Move over, PSL. If your fall outfit isn’t complete without a caffeinated accessory, check out our list of locally owned coffee shops to discover in Southern Indiana. And with National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, there’s no better time to find a new local haunt. 

As an added bonus, these spots are all part of Discover Southern Indiana’s Sweets and Treats Trail, which rewards guests for exploring the region to try the best local coffee, ice cream, and sweets shops Southern Indiana has to offer. Just sign up for the free mobile passport, hit the road, and ask for the check-in PIN at each location, and you’ll start earning cool swag from Discover Southern Indiana.

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Photo by Yelper Maria C. at Cherry Ghost Coffee House


Cherry Ghost Coffee House

424 E. Main St., Washington, IN

Cherry Ghost Coffee House is an eclectic spot in Washington that gets rave reviews from locals and visitors alike for its organic, Brown County-sourced coffee and espresso served in mismatched coffee mugs. Customize your cup from a long list of autumn-inspired flavor syrups, including maple, amaretto, and brown sugar, grab a fresh baked scone, and take a seat for live music on Wednesday and Friday nights at 7 p.m.

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Photo by Yelper Anthony T. at French Lick's


French Lick's

469 S. Maple Street, French Lick, IN

Despite the name French Lick's, there’s more to this sweet stop than ice cream. In addition to small batch sweet treats and a robust menu featuring specialty pizzas, burgers, and apps, guests can also enjoy coffee and espresso from beans sourced from around the world and roasted right here in our backyard.


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Photo by Silver Fox Cafe


Silver Fox Cafe

248 S. 1st St., Pekin, IN

A trip to the homey Silver Fox Cafe feels a lot like a visit to grandma’s house. Which makes sense, since it was named after the proprietor’s beloved grandmother, who also had a passion for good coffee. The menu includes a full list of hot and iced coffees, including a rotating list of seasonal specials, plus breakfast and lunch options. 

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Photo by Zax Creamery


Zax Creamery

2603 N Newton St., Jasper, IN
120 Main St. Montgomery, IN

With two locations, a drive-thru, and convenient online ordering, Zax Creamery is the perfect place for a quick pick-me-up. Grab the signature Hoosier Mocha–a blend of white chocolate and caramel flavors, served hot, iced, or as a frappe–or a cozy Chai Tea Latte. Pair with a homemade Blueberry Streusel muffin, and you’re on your way. 


For more local coffee and sweets businesses, sign up for the Discover Southern Indiana Sweets and Treats Trail.

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