January 10, 2018
We’re in the middle of a major cold snap (outside of this week’s freaky upper-fifties temps, that is). When it’s cold outside, it can be tempting to lock yourself in your house with a cup of tea and a Netflix marathon. However, there are plenty of ways to warm up that don’t involve a hermit-like existence. Check out these five ways to beat cabin fever in downtown Springfield.
There’s nothing like a steaming cup of joe to warm your weary bones. Downtown Springfield is home to some of the area’s most iconic java joints. Cozy up on a couch at Mudhouse, grab a house blend at The Coffee Ethic, treat yourself to something sweet at European Cafe or take in the natural light at Kingdom Coffee.
We’ll clue you into a little downtown Springfield secret: When the weather gets tough, the tough eat spicy foods. Lucky for us, downtown is home to an impressive array of exotic foods for every level of spice tolerance. Chow down on curry at Zayka, nosh on a burrito at Maria’s, tear into some tacos at Yoselin’s or sample a spicy tuna roll at Kai.
Winter may be a bummer, but it’s a great excuse to curl up inside with a good book. Bookmarx, downtown’s indie bookstore, is home to titles ranging from Goodnight Moon to Naked Lunch. Stop in to warm up with one of the shop’s three literary kitties. We also recommend checking out the Park Central Branch Library which features an abundance of fun tech resources and a solid selection of modern literature.
Ditch that doughy winter bod and work up a sweat at downtown’s fitness destinations. The downtown YMCA has a variety of classes in addition to full workout facilities and a pool. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out Physique Fitness. The boutique fitness studio hosts a variety of classes—some of which are held in a hot basement studio to help guests unwind while they work it out.
Temperatures down? Bottoms up! Downtown is rich in tasty local beers that are sure to warm you up. Head to Mother’s Brewing Company, Lost Signal Brewing Company or Springfield Brewing Company for a little sudsy somethin’.