Soma Coffeehouse and Juice Bar Downtown
Since 1997, anarchists and poets, carpenters and chemists, hipsters and granolas – really, all walks of life – have walked into what is handily Bloomington’s most Bohemian bistro, Soma Coffeehouse and Juice Bar. Potent coffees like the Black Beard’s Blend, sundry teas, just-squeezed juices and smoothies, fresh-baked vegan treats, and free wireless Internet access are all part of the draw, but Soma’s ambiance counts for a lot, too. Its multi-tattooed baristas are no-nonsense but nice, and lively mosaics, the retro TV-cum-aquarium, a jumble of comfy chairs and tables, and the coffee counter’s resident Magic Eight Ball push Soma’s kitsch factor off the charts. Just want to chill? Rumpled but serviceable, there’s a semi-quiet study room in back. Soma is located just downstairs from the Laughing Planet.