Cafe SouthSide: Coffee and Community
As a perfect place to caffeinate and relax, Café SouthSide offers a safe and inclusive place for all people to commune over a cup of joe. Co-owned by Roxanne Anderson and Anna Meyer, the new Café SouthSide opened its doors in December of 2011. Conveniently located in The Exchange building on the corner of 34th St and Chicago, and right next to the TYSN office (Trans Youth Support Network), the café has become a perfect spot for all GLBT people can mingle without judgment or assumptions.
Featuring organic, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options as well as fare for carnivores alike, Café SouthSide serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day. Anderson and Meyer serve Equal Exchange coffee, a company that provides organic and fair trade coffee and espresso. Café SouthSide also incorporates products from local businesses like A Baker’s Wife and Saint Agnes Baking Company.
What makes Café SouthSide so delightful is the atmosphere. Whether you want to lounge around in overstuffed chairs or spread out at a table, the café has the space for you to do so. Photography and art from local artists grace the walls. An eye-catching mural by Katrina Knutson covers one wall with a bright cityscape. On mild and temperate days, relax outside in the community garden. The outdoor sitting area allows you to get some fresh air while enjoying the mosaic on the side of the building created by Jimmy Longoria’s Mentoring for Peace through Art project.
Café SouthSide exudes a feeling of community from the moment you walk through the café’s doors. No matter who you are or where you’ve been, you’ll always be welcomed at Café SouthSide with a smile.