5th & Jefferson Coffeehouse Review (Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin)

Updated on January 23, 2020
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As an online project manager, Jeanine enjoys sharing the adventure and travel that come with finding her next coffee shop office.

5th & Jefferson Coffeehouse
5th & Jefferson Coffeehouse | Source

Coffeehouse but No Coffee Please

One of my favorite benefits of working online is the ability to work anywhere. With my trusty MacBook Air and MiFi I am literally able to work wherever my adventures may take me. Whether a new location, or a weekend away at a previous haunt that has provided peace and relaxation before I am always up for a get-a-way experience.

Coffee shops are often a favorite virtual office of mine. With national chains such as Starbucks and Caribou Coffee being reliable options, I have to admit I have learned to enjoy seeking out and experiencing small local coffeehouses when traveling to new places.

5th & Jefferson drink selection chalkboard
5th & Jefferson drink selection chalkboard | Source

However, I do have a few unique qualifications for shops I visit. First, they must serve something other than coffee, as I have never learned to enjoy the smell much less the taste of this morning pick-me-up. Chai lattes, matcha green tea and smoothies have become favorites of ours and items we are always on the lookout for. Second, due to my daughter recently being diagnosed as lactose intolerant they must have dairy-free options. Finally, something about them, their name, online photos, word of mouth referral must pique our interest enough to make them a part of our annual Door County Coffeehouse Tour.

Street signs at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Jefferson Street
Street signs at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Jefferson Street | Source

Since a Walmart run was needed to grab some groceries for the week and the inevitable "forgotten items" of the trip we decided we would venture into Sturgeon Bay and find a coffeehouse there to start our 2018 Coffee Shop Tour.

Directionally challenged since birth, I always get excited when my GPS announces I have arrived at my destination and the location I am looking for is actually there. This time I couldn't help but smile as I looked over to see our coffee shop for the morning, 5th & Jefferson Coffeehouse, appropriately located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Jefferson Street.

The front porch. The cafe's personality shines through from start to finish.
The front porch. The cafe's personality shines through from start to finish. | Source

From the moment we parked the car and started walking across the street we were absolutely captivated by this coffeehouse. With it's rustic front porch surrounded by beautiful gardens with metal sculpture animals grazing we couldn't stop looking around to take it all in.

The cafe's lovely garden seating area
The cafe's lovely garden seating area | Source

We entered though the side door that allowed us to walk through the small garden seating area before entering what use to be a family home with unique shabby chic decor in each room you entered.

Charming interior decor
Charming interior decor | Source

If you are looking for a quick order, a refill on a drink or decide on lunch after sitting for awhile they also provide a walk-up window as well.

They even have a walk-up window
They even have a walk-up window | Source

Thankfully we were blessed with a beautiful July morning, partly cloudy with a slight breeze and minimal humidity making it the perfect time to enjoy our drinks outside Located on the other side of the house, next to the garden seating area, with patio lights strung along the top, their backyard area had several seating options including lounge chairs, wooden picnic tables with chandelier lighting, hammocks, metal cafe style chairs & table, and vintage tulip chairs.

Enjoying the outdoor seating area
Enjoying the outdoor seating area | Source

Breakfast, Lunch and Lots of Drinks

5th & Jefferson Coffeehouse provides a nice menu of breakfast, lunch and drink options. Keeping with their shabby chic decor they have many of their options written out on various chalkboards hung throughout the front ordering area.

Cute menu chalkboards
Cute menu chalkboards | Source

Matcha Green Tea Latte and Smoothie, Please

My usual go-to is a chai latte, however I was introduced to a new drink this last spring of matcha green tea lattes with a few pumps of peppermint syrup. I was excited when I saw this option on their board and so decided to try one of those. My daughter is more of a blended drink girl and decided to try their blueberry pomegranate smoothie.

As I mentioned before, we are cautious of cross-contamination and are always appreciative when servers are knowledgeable of and willing to accommodate for food allergies, which was definitely the case here. We were both very happy with our selections, and with the total including tip just over $12, we felt the prices were in line with area coffeeshops.

Green tea matcha and blueberry pomegranate smoothie
Green tea matcha and blueberry pomegranate smoothie | Source

A Fabulous Door County Coffee Shop

If you find yourself visiting Door County you will definitely want to swing by and visit 5th & Jefferson Coffeehouse. Located at 232 N. 5th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, they are open Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm. In a hurry, take a peak at their menu and call to place your order at 920-746-1719 so they can get started and have it ready when, or shortly after, you arrive. In the meantime pop over and like their Facebook page for current updates and events.

© 2018 Jeanine Elizabeth


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    • Jeani Nugent profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeanine Elizabeth 

      23 months ago from Cumberland, Wisconsin

      I have to admit this has turned into a favorite thing to do while vacationing. I find there are very few places that don't have at least one that you can find to try out. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      24 months ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I wish we had welcoming, relaxing coffee houses like this one to patronize n Central Ohio! Many of ours closed, except Starbucks and many of those are small and uncomfortable. I'll keep looking, but one day may venture toward Wisconsin.

      Great article!

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      Peggy Woods 

      24 months ago from Houston, Texas

      What a cute looking place! Those gardens are gorgeous. Thanks for introducing people to this cute coffeehouse. It has been years since we visited that part of Wisconsin. The entire area is charming.

    • Chuck profile image

      Chuck Nugent 

      24 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

      It has been years since I visited Door County Wisconsin but I have fond memories of its quaint allure. This coffee shop looks and sounds exactly like the type of place one would find in Door County.

      Great Hub and enjoy the rest of your visit to Door County.


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