This morning I held my office hours at Vicinity Coffee in South Minneapolis, at 43rd and Nicollet. This coffee shop was formerly called Bull Run Coffee. This particular location shares a building with the corporate distributors of Sebastian Joe's ice cream. Therefore, there is always ice cream available.
Vicinity Coffee roasts their own coffee. I sampled their delicious vanilla latte (they make their own infused simple syrup). They also have a number of specialty lattes with colorful names like Boone's Beard, Shot in the Nuts, and Fist in the Face. The Nicollet location also has an expansive lunch menu (the Lyndale location does not have this same option). This coffee shop serves gluten free baked goods (always a plus for me!) as well as other pastries.
The espresso is smooth, the vanilla is real, and the latte goes down easily. I am not generally one for flavored lattes, but this one is a winner.
The coffee shop itself maximizes the use of a small space. There is an large table with plenty of outlets and work space in the middle of the shop. There are smaller tables, as well as a bar, for other seating options. There is free wifi.
There is plenty of street parking available off Nicollet on either side, but no dedicated parking lot. The working environment is pretty average. Not too loud, but not too quiet. A good place for routine tasks, but not necessarily for tasks requiring more focus.