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Just The Basics

Springfield, Illinois

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Just The Basics

Springfield, Illinois

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A
14 November 2019

Cozy coffee house. I got this cute latte, around Easter last year.

L
14 November 2019

Classic atmosphere, friendly staff, lots of home in a coffee shop to enjoy relaxing and trying a properly made brew. We both got quality stuff from the miel and (I forget what I had) but both very tasty. Would definitely come back for more (if I didn't live hours away). There cocktail options were beyond tempting and about got me distracted from my roadtrip enough to sit down for a good while and contemplate the benefits of trading the low taxes of Indiana for the caffeine and alcohol mixes here. More...

N
28 October 2019

Great customer service. The food and coffee are fabulous.

S
28 October 2019

Trop cool. Cafés super bons et des vrais, yess

P
28 October 2019

Unlimited cup of coffee for $4.25. Nice selection of baked goods!

H
28 October 2019

Great local coffee shop with its own unique flavor that overlooks downtown Springfield!

K
22 September 2019

Second time there. Love the atmosphere. So laid back. Very nice staff.

S
15 September 2019

Nice place to go and chill out (figuratively--it's HOT!). Now serving Redbud Coffee, which is a big plus. Free wi-do with lots of places to plug in.

M
15 September 2019

Stopped by here most mornings on my way to work. Great coffee, friendly staff

J
8 September 2019

Good steamers. Quiet place to hang out and linger.

M
8 September 2019

Delicious breakfast sandwich and coffee

B
2 August 2019

Phenomenal, AMAZING COFFEE and service! the staff has so much knowledge and always suggest a good drink!

B
2 August 2019

Great tasting coffee for a decent price. The building is next door to the Lincoln Home and in a restored building. Wonderful atmosphere !

C
30 July 2019

Great place for coffee and food. You can sit inside or relax outside. Employees are amazing and so friendly.

J
30 July 2019

Best coffee & best baristas sisters Cara & Sarah!!!

P
30 July 2019

Great service great price customer service was outstanding. good morning and a smile goes a long way

C
30 July 2019

this one of my favorite places in the universe.I love sharing the places I love with people the people I love so I bring them here often. I love the atmosphere since it has so many good vibes- whether it’s for catching up with an old friend, meeting up with someone new, or sitting there for hours drawing and still not getting kicked out for it ever -it’s a great place. the coffee is actually really good and won’t make you feel like you’ve blown a hole in your bank account. I highly recommend to all ages, young, old, and maybe even somewhere in between. much love to you all More...

C
30 July 2019

This is the best coffee shop in all of downtown Springfield. I highly recommend this location for anyone traveling through who doesn't want Starbucks quality coffee. This is much better than that! The breakfast menu is out in full force and is a great healthy choice before you go out and visit some of the nearby historical places. I ate here 3 out of 5 of my mornings in Springfield and was not disappointed in anything I got! More...

P
30 June 2019

Love this place.. good variety of tea and coffee. One is the best in Springfield.

C
30 June 2019

Forget Starbucks. Any time I head up to Springfield for a meeting, I am stopping here. The coffee is smoother, the food is better, and you have more room to relax for a good morning. The staff is friendly and polite and very expedient with your orders. It’s a place to meet up with friends or to sit and enjoy the morning by yourself. This is worth a visit. More...

K
30 June 2019

A gem of a coffee shop across from Lincoln's home. friendly staff and Vegan cookies!

K
30 June 2019

Great coffee

C
30 May 2019

Best coffee shop in Springfield when it comes to aesthetic. Love this place. I haven’t ventured to try many on their drinks however my go-to is the frozen caramel. Comfortable place to work during the day if you are looking to break the norm of the office. More...

A
30 May 2019

Great coffee, food, atmosphere, and service!

P
30 April 2019

Very nice employees, good menu and the chai tea was phenomenal.

S
30 April 2019

Great find!

D
30 April 2019

Excellent coffee, large tea selection, and cool music that is better than the average coffee house.

R
30 April 2019

Cute and cozy in downtown Springfield. Love their lavender latte. Great 0lace to go alone or with a small group although it can get busy. Attached to the beer garden of Obed and Issacs with is equally wonderful! More...

P
30 April 2019

Very good, got food quick, very nice people, and had amazing food

K
30 April 2019

Real coffee house, excellent sandwich too

M
30 March 2019

A great place to meet for a coffee or pasty!

N
30 March 2019

Really great little place!

B
30 March 2019

Nice authentic coffee house feel. Good menu options for food and coffee. Good location as well.

B
30 March 2019

Good place to relax with coffee.

C
28 February 2019

Always kind and professional and knowledgeable and suggesting drinks I want to try. The lady behind the counter recognized me and was kind enough to give me a hole punch card and punch it back when she saw me there the other day as well. Because of this and the fact that she didn't Have to do that will make me always choose this as my local coffee spot. Forget overpriced Starbucks, support local but more than that support fantastic drinks at quality/reasonable price! More...

M
30 January 2019

Great coffee and cozy atmosphere! Was looking for a good coffee place during my visit to Lincoln home and found this. Love that it was a house turned cafe. Even on the weekend this was one of the few places in town that buzzed with positive energy and crowd. More...

B
30 January 2019

My weekly date with my daughter always includes a stop here. My favourite dish is the Veggie Naan. The atmosphere is calm, and soothing, the staff are great, and I love how proud they are of this gorgeous building! ! We either come to just visit, bring a board game, or catch up on school as the environment serves all our purposes. I look forward to many more visits and if you are visiting, make this a stop on your itinerary!! More...

B
30 January 2019

Easy going, relaxed place for a good cup.

B
30 December 2018

Awesome! Sat and did some work since my internet was out at home. Then had a peppermint Mochata. Yum!

A
30 December 2018

I love the vibe at Wm. Van's its perfect to sit and chat with a friend, buf if you need peace and quiet it may be hard to find here. My favorite item off the menu is the Turkhammy! More...

R
30 December 2018

First visit and found it cozy, eclectic, and a fun place to grab a good coffee. Service was fast without rushing, very knowledgeable, and prices were very reasonable. Good selection of coffees, and made to order so expect about 5 minutes wait as your cup brews.Only drawback is all the parking in the area is metered so make sure you carry a quarter to feed the meter.Highly enjoyable. More...

K
30 December 2018

Nice, cozy place with beautiful decorations and good coffee. Wish they were open later.

K
30 November 2018

Best baristas and servers, hands down. Thank you guys.

J
30 November 2018

Veggie naan was absolutely to die for! Orange hazelnut tea at the barista's suggestion was equally delicious. Must visit if you come to the area, something for everyone!

C
30 November 2018

Love the Breakfast BLT!!

C
30 November 2018

Great ambiance with great coffee, bakery, breakfast sandwiches! Try it, you'll like it!!

T
30 November 2018

comfy, cozy, good coffee and service

S
30 November 2018

I loved this place so much! Very welcoming staff and atmosphere! Cools design, very unique! Great coffee of course

M
30 October 2018

Best coffee I've had in a long time!

R
30 October 2018

Great coffee and meals

M
30 October 2018

Always great service. Love the free tea refills!

C
30 September 2018

This is what I think of when I image a coffee house. Cozy atmosphere and great coffee. Great for meeting friends or enjoying some time alone. Beautiful outside seating, too.

B
30 September 2018

I love everything about this place. The staff are the best in town. They all know me by name. I highly recommend it .I have never had anything bad,delicious soup, salads and scrumptious deserts.

S
30 September 2018

Some of the best coffee I've ever tasted!!

M
30 September 2018

I've visited multiple times to get a coffee and work, and have always had a good experience. Nice, cozy place to study if it isn't too busy, coffee is excellent and consistent, friendly staff, good vibes. The only food I've had was the avocado BLT, and it was delicious. More...

A
30 September 2018

Friendly staff. Cappuccino was strong and hot, better than Starbucks. Donut and pastries were good.

K
30 September 2018

Second time here, great coffee!!

P
30 September 2018

The food was delicious! So were the drinks! This place has friendly people. This cappuccino beats any Starbucks cappuccino I've had so far. My daughter had a donut and strawberry soda and she thinks they were YUMMY! More...

W
30 September 2018

A great place to hang out! Coffee, food and atmosphere are all really, really good. All this and free wifi, too. Maybe the best place in town to gather with friends, or to "hideout" and work on your novel!

C
30 September 2018

william vans is my favorite in-house coffee shop in springfield by a mile. the staff is all friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is cozy and intimate, which makes it great for meeting a friend or two and sitting in the comfy chairs or joining the community table for a working session. they have plenty of plugs for your devices and i never feel like i am rushed out of here for working in their space. the temperature is nice (not freezing like some other coffee shops in town) and they have a nice selection of food and drink. their coffee drinks are always spot on, and i love their tea collection. they have good alternative milk options for those of us who don't consume dairy. they also offer beer from obed and isaac's brewery next door. they have several sandwiches to choose from, and i love that they carry three different vegan baked goods. to be balanced, i'll mention the two cons about this place: (1) parking right out in front is pay-only, but it's easy to go a couple blocks south and find free parking, and (2) the bathrooms could use more frequent cleaning. it's a busy place, so i get it, but this could definitely be improved. enjoy this springfield gem!! More...

M
30 September 2018

This place had great fast workers who were experts on what they made and had great desserys with free wifi, will come again next year when im back

M
30 August 2018

Try the Kringle!

S
30 August 2018

Great cup of coffee.

A
30 August 2018

Niice And Quiet, Peaceful Music Nice Calm Vibes.

S
30 August 2018

Great coffee shop with outside seating in historic area

D
30 August 2018

Very good selection of coffee and eats, nice place

L
30 August 2018

Very friendly staff, pleasant interior design, and delicious coffee.

N
30 August 2018

Fantastic!!!

A
30 August 2018

Try the nitro cold brew. The best treat of the summer!

A
30 August 2018

love this place and good for study

D
30 August 2018

Great sandwiches

D
30 August 2018

My favorite Springfield coffee shop! Can't make a trip to Springfield without stopping here.

S
30 August 2018

Ordered two servings of smoked salmons on wheat bagels in the morning although this is lunch menu. We were so glad that having these as it was very delicious. Waited it for awhile maybe it is served during the lunch time not in the morning, well worth the wait. Cozy environment and friendly staffs.Highly recommend it. More...

D
30 August 2018

Enjoyed a Turkhammy and a caramel latte. Both were excellent and fairly priced.

S
30 August 2018

The Place To Receive Your Snack And Drink Stop

E
30 August 2018

Great coffee shop! Very friendly staff and great service.

M
30 August 2018

Great coffee, chill atmosphere, and beautiful space.

W
30 August 2018

Nice, high end coffee shop for pretty good prices. Hipster in a good way, I recommend the Americano, bring your own cup for a discount!

K
30 August 2018

Best coffee house in Springfield!

S
30 August 2018

Great place to meet up or get some work done. Definitely have to try the Hammer breakfast sandwich.

P
30 August 2018

Never a disappointing experience

E
30 August 2018

Pricey but good coffee and neat atmosphere.

A
30 August 2018

Beautiful place with amazing service. Coffee tastes great, and an awesome music to relax to.

0
30 August 2018

It was great!

S
30 August 2018

Great for sitting outside!

Z
30 August 2018

Good atmosphere. Delicious tea. Would return.

B
30 August 2018

Fantastic coffee, service and atmosphere

C
30 August 2018

Nice place, great staff, delicious coffee!

S
30 August 2018

Great staff. Extreamly friendly. Best mocha I've ever had

M
30 August 2018

Nice Coffee and atmosphere..

J
30 August 2018

Nice coffee shop. Not my favorite cold brew, but still a great place.

T
30 August 2018

Great coffee, a wonderful ambiance for catching up with friends.

A
30 August 2018

Great atmosphere with delicious breakfast & lunch options, although slightly overpriced.

L
30 August 2018

Yummy fruit parfait and chai tea latte, Jim sure likes their cinnamon rolls. We always enjoy reading the papers and people watching.

A
30 August 2018

Wonderful service and atmosphere.

A
30 August 2018

Good service, nice ambience, great coffee

T
6 July 2018

Great coffee and breakfast sandwiches. The area is kind of small so it always feels crowded when it's busy but it's still a cute place to get a cup of coffee.

V
5 June 2018

Pretty good coffee house located right by Mr. Lincoln's home. Funky, comfortable furniture, decent music in background. They've got sandwiches (haven't tried) and snacks (kind of limited selection). I wish they had more electric outlets, though. More...

R
1 June 2018

Great service. Awesome staff!! Great food!

S
23 May 2018

I visited Springfield last weekend and was happy to stumble upon this lovely little coffee shop just across the way from Abe Lincoln’s old house. The first day I found them I tried their veggie naan. The naan itself doesn’t taste like traditional naan, but it’s a tasty option for vegans nonetheless! The following day I returned to sit on my Mac and drink coffee. Their dark roast of the day was quite delicious! I brought my own non-dairy milk simply because when I travel I can’t expect Oatly to be on the menu everywhere, and I basically can’t enjoy coffee or espresso without it. The barista was happy to steam my oat milk though which was a pleasant surprise. Each time I stopped by I thoroughly enjoyed the customer service experience and the atmosphere overall. I already have three punches on my card and intend to receive more in the future. [A note to the owners: I’d seriously consider adding Oatly’s Barista Edition to your menu. In the Chicagoland area people are lining up at cafes that sell this stuff. It is unrivaled among the vegan milks. Almond/soy milk is *so* Starbucks. Make your non-dairy options unique like the craft beers you offer next door!) More...

C
9 May 2018

Customer service is always friendly. My son says the consistency of his frappe is the best he's had. They sell huge, AMAZING eclairs. Coffee is very good. Breakfast sandwiches are very tasty. More...

M
5 April 2018

Love the atmosphere! Coffee is great too!

S
19 March 2018

Quality coffee in a historic building downtown adjacent to Lincoln's Home with excellent coffee and friendly staff. What more can you ask for?

S
15 January 2018

Ordered two servings of smoked salmons on wheat bagels in the morning although this is lunch menu. We were so glad that having these as it was very delicious. Waited it for awhile maybe it is served during the lunch time not in the morning, well worth the wait. Cozy environment and friendly staffs.Highly recommend it. More...

A
19 December 2017

Very kind and respectful staff, Relaxing environment and you get more for your money than Starbucks down the street. Their cinnamon rolls are really big too.

J
27 November 2017

Love the atmosphere, including the music and rustic furnishings. Great place to relax with coffee and a snack.

S
6 November 2017

Wonderful, warm, friendly coffee shop with great food to boot! I spent a few days in Springfield and came here in every morning. Cappuccinos were very well made. Much better breakfast options than the big chain coffee joint; the Breakfast BLT and Avocado Tomato Toast were both excellent. Warm, cozy atmosphere in an old historical house. Highly recommended! More...

R
30 August 2017

A really fun and friendly place with good coffee, food and craft beer. Bocce Ball!!!

C
30 August 2017

Excellent coffee, good prices, friendly staff. Great location in an old house and next to the courtyard of Obed and Isaac's.

R
30 August 2017

What a charming gem! The architectural blend of open modern rooms and minimalist industrial furnishings was steam punk meets European cafe. Great service and drinks.

A
30 August 2017

Im a out of towner was looking for a coffee shop other than ur typical Starbucks..and this place completely shocked me.. amazing I went BK to get some to go and a the frappe are one best I've ever had ..will come BK when I do More...

M
30 August 2017

Delicious and Quiet Environment!

B
30 August 2017

Step out of the modern world and into a rustic townhouse with enough choices to eat and drink that the hours will pass by before you are halfway through them. Kind and knowledgeable service, conversations with locals can be had for the more social type, and coffee that feels like home. Enjoyable and calm coffee house. Pleased I was. More...

J
30 August 2017

Great clean atmosphere. Good staff, fast and service is great. Shop local!!!! ;)

E
30 August 2017

Decent atmosphere with amazing drink selection, especially if you enjoy freshly brewed loose-leaf tea.

A
30 August 2017

All around best local coffee house in Springfield

W
30 August 2017

Great coffee. Food is well done.

J
30 August 2017

WM Vans offers a very chill atmosphere with amazing food and pretty good music. Not much not to like, except once my friend got a cinnamon roll too big for his plate.

M
30 August 2017

I absolutely LOVE this place, for many reasons:GREAT location (downtown with a beautiful view of Lincoln's Home area)Good selection of coffees, teas, etcHistoric style building (former house)Outdoor seating option

J
30 August 2017

Best coffee shop in Springfield

P
30 August 2017

For me, this place beats the starbucks in terms of everything whether it be Coffee, ambience, food, service, seating. It even has outdoor wooden bench seating with lots of place to sit and enjoy, games to play, bonfire, live music and it hqs free Wi-Fi too. This is the best coffee house i've ever. I love this place More...

A
30 August 2017

Good coffee with a great environment in the shop. Parking is hard to come by during the week days - mostly all metered parking along the roadside.

M
30 August 2017

Lovely atmosphere. It was so nice to sit in the front window, sipping coffee and watching the snow fall. Friendly and fun staff.

S
30 August 2017

Great place for getting a coffee and doing some work. Usually a mix of students and professionals. Outdoor area is nice when the weather permits. Espresso drinks are all great, brewed coffee is hit or miss. Now serves beer from the microbrewery next door as well as cocktails such as old fashioneds and Irish coffee. More...

D
30 August 2017

Amazing refreshing get stop after the Lincoln presidential library

J
30 August 2017

Best coffee house in a moved building in Springfield. Friendly staff. Tasty coffee.

M
30 August 2017

Great Drinks and food for a fair price

E
30 August 2017

Cool coffee shop with place to sit, relax and eat!

L
30 August 2017

Relaxing, friendly, civilized. Claire made the best iced mocha I've ever had.

G
30 August 2017

Amazing coffee, friendly staff, tasty food options. Expertly prepared espresso drinks and large selection of teas really set this place apart from the other cafes I have been to in the area. Baristas are knowledgeable and accommodating (and offer several non-dairy options!). Definitely worth checking out! More...

J
30 August 2017

Great cup of java!

S
30 August 2017

A fancy caffeine spot with Lincoln inspiring interiors and good outdoor spots. Quite few good options to fill you up.

S
30 August 2017

Cool coffee shop in the backyard of Obed and Isaac's Brewery. Support local writers and have drawing books for patrons to draw or write whatever they want

W
30 August 2017

My favorite place to get a pick me up

A
30 August 2017

I frequent here quite often. Always a great place to study, meet friends, and get a great cup of coffee. Their Wm. vans reward punch card is great too.

C
30 August 2017

If you can catch their poetry Sunday it's more than just fun. Great atmosphere. Nice place to sit n read or meet people.

C
30 August 2017

It was such a treat to get really good decaf coffee. The service was good and friendly. Refills were supremely reasonably priced.

R
30 August 2017

Pretty cool place.

D
30 August 2017

Unique local coffee shop. Great staff.

P
30 August 2017

Good food, good coffee, they serve beer from next door, my food was cold but I told the staff and they remade it right away.

N
30 August 2017

Bit pricey but great stuff

S
30 August 2017

Great coffee and I love how it's paired with Obeds split by the bocce ball court yard. A must visit area if your new to Springfield

H
30 August 2016

Great coffee, and I love their smoked salmon sandwich!

L
30 August 2016

The best!

M
30 August 2016

I had to go here twice while I was in town. Love the staff and food.

C
30 August 2016

Love this place! Their coffee is very good, and the baristas are very knowledgeable and polite. Food is very good as well, but a little bit pricy. All in all I love this place and come as often as I can. More...

P
30 August 2016

Great coffee at great prices and such an amazing friendly staff!

A
30 August 2016

Nice atmosphere cozy but pricey.

A
30 August 2016

The place is beautiful. Nice staff. Good coffee and pastries. Reasonable price.

T
30 August 2016

Good coffee and environment, I go there all the time to study or read.

C
30 August 2016

Excellent coffee! Delicious breakfast sandwich, but are they always served on only half an English muffin?! Lincoln fans will love the location since it's across the street from the Lincoln home visitors center.

R
30 August 2016

They serve great coffee and breakfast choices of hot sandwiches or sweets. Quaint seating area and serving area.Give it a try.

M
30 August 2016

Great coffee and great vibes

L
30 August 2016

Funky little place for conversation, tea and coffee!

A
30 August 2016

A great place to visit with friends or to have that casual business meeting. Close to everything. Great food and drinks. What every good coffee shops should aspire to More...

C
30 August 2016

This is the perfect venue for coffee. The indoor seating is cozy, and there are games and magazines to occupy your time. There is also outdoor seating attached to Obed and Isaac's beer garden just next door. The coffee and espresso drinks are fantastic, and there are pastries, breakfast items, and lunch items. More...

R
30 August 2016

The coffee here is in my opinion the best in town. The Baristas are professional and courteous. William Vans has the best selection of artisan tees that I found anywhere in the city. Good place for a light lunch as well because they serve wraps, sandwiches, and salad. Also a good place for a small assortment of confections. They have comfortable indoor seating and outdoor seating to. More...

R
30 August 2016

OMG I've been a Starbucks and Edgar's customer but this place blows away that coffee. I look forward to going back and will try to make it downtown as much as I can

A
30 August 2016

Best coffee in Springfield, period.

K
30 August 2015

Vans has the best atmosphere of any coffee shop in central Illinois but I went in today and it was full of the whitest people ever.

P
30 August 2015

Top notch. Very cool building. Megan gets a A+ on service, and a wide selection of things to eat & drink.

M
30 August 2015

Nice interior, friendly staff, but has some flaws. Definitely do not order a pour over on a busy weekend. Twice I've gotten one and they were warm (not hot) by the time I had it in my hands. In that vein, it seems like they dont have a very good system for expediting orders. Other than that the coffee is generally dark and toasty, which can be good or bad depending on your preferences. Can't say much about their espresso drinks but my Americano was tasty. Definitely try their Nitro cold brew- it's put into a keg and carbonized, which you'd have trouble finding even in chicago. More...

N
30 August 2015

Vintage, très agréable

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