Here are some spots in Fort Wayne you can go to get great warm drinks!

By Mia Splendore, Staff Writer and Artist

Fall is finally upon us with winter quickly approaching, so we need to get ready to face these cool months head-on. Sweaters, thick socks and cozy fires are seasonal staples for a lot of us, but nothing really warms you up like a nice hot drink. 

There are three main staples in the warm beverage game: hot chocolate, coffee and tea, plus exciting variations within. For the traditionalists with a sweet tooth looking to feel a little more festive than normal, a good cup of hot cocoa is the choice for you. Of course, you can make this on your own; there are plenty of good recipes online and mixes at Walmart. The same goes for tea and coffee, and if you’re looking for something that doesn’t come out of a Keurig, then I’ll remind you all of the lovely mini-Starbucks we have in the DC. However, if you’re really committed to the cause, there are some places in Fort Wayne that take it to another level. 

DeBrand Fine Chocolates in Jefferson Pointe is a good example. They make hot chocolate about as fancy as it could possibly be. They’re only thirty minutes away, and you can get 32oz for $12. For your own well-being, I don’t recommend it. Maybe share with a friend. 

Fort Wayne also has some amazing tea and coffee places. Some places a little closer to us are Mocha Lounge (which is a lot like Cafe of Hope here in town) and United Coffee (which is small but has some of the best waffles I’ve ever had). If you’re willing to go a little farther out and want to make a day of it, Firefly Coffee House is a really cute spot, but it only has outdoor seating, so plan accordingly. 

Now, the Fort Wayne coffee spot that will forever have my heart is the Friendly Fox. It’s a little over thirty minutes from here and has some of the best food, coffee, and tea in Fort Wayne. Because of COVID, they aren’t open for dine-in, which is sad because they’ll often have local talent performing live music. However, the food and drinks are good enough to trek out there anyway. 

No matter what you do during these cold seasons, remember to stay warm!