You're now entering the cozy zones in Eau Claire, WI! When the temperatures drop this winter and you need a place to warm your soul, you're in the right spot. Experience some of the comfiest places this season, and visit these cozy spots to hang out this winter in Eau Claire!

Slices of award-winning pie served at Norske Nook in Osseo

Norske Nook

Once you walk into this Norwegian-style cafe, you'll want to stay forever in the cozy comfort surrounded by tasty food and sweet hospitality. Norske Nook Restaurant & Bakery serves unbeatable comfort foods that "taste like Grandma's" including breakfast platters, roasts, lefse wraps, and, of course, award-winning seasonal pie flavors. Click here to learn more about Norske Nook in Osseo, WI, and click here to see more ways to spend a day in Osseo!

Shift Cyclery & Coffee Bar

Swing into Shift in downtown Eau Claire on your morning bike ride for a warm cup of coffee! Shift Cyclery & Coffee Bar is a vintage, industrial-style coffee shop that doubles as a bike repair shop. Warm up with seasonal coffee drinks & fresh-baked pastries, and enjoy the relaxing environment at Shift while studying, working, or meeting up with a friend!

The French Press Cafe

The French Press Cafe reigns as one of the locals' favorite cafes for coffee flights, breakfast & brunch, and gathering spots for family & friends! Check out this bakery for a farmhouse-style dining environment, and fill up with high-quality pancakes, scramblers, fruit parfaits, pastries, coffee drinks, and more. 

Grand Avenue Cafe

The coziest little spot on West Grand Avenue is Grand Avenue Cafe. For another lovely breakfast cafe, check out Grand Avenue Cafe for incredible comfort foods like soups made daily, quiche, biscuits & gravy, lasagna, and even better desserts like fresh-baked, seasonal pie, cakes and cheesecakes, bread pudding, coffee & espresso drinks, and more.

A jazz duo playing keyboard and trumpet on stage at the Lakely at the Oxbow Hotel in Eau Claire, WI

The Lakely

Grab a table at The Lakely this winter, and enjoy craft cocktails, live music, and great company! The Lakely is home to many events throughout the week like live jazz bands, bingo, trivia, and more entertainment. We'd recommend trying a drink off of The Lakely's signature cocktail list or their winter-themed drinks and pairing it with their famous Koldtbord. If you're staying at the Oxbow Hotel, this restaurant is located right off of the hotel lobby. Click here to see more reasons to check out The Lakely in Eau Claire this winter!

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery

Any winery with a fireplace is calling our names in the wintertime! Check out Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery for in-house wine, vodka, whiskey, brandy, and taste cocktails on their seasonal menu. This winter, they are serving a whole list of wintery cocktails that will taste perfect while playing games next to the fireplace!

River Bend Winery & Distillery

On a snowy day in Eau Claire, visit River Bend Winery & Distillery to sip on wine while watching the snow fall! This wine tasting room is located in Wheaton, WI, just a short drive outside of Eau Claire, and they offer a wide variety of wine flavors and cocktails made in their distillery. Whichever sounds tasty to you, River Bend has something that will warm you up this winter! Click here to see more ways to spend a winter day in Wheaton.

two women sitting on a couch in front of a fireplace at Helix


Helix has everything you need for a cozy day in River Prairie: coffee, breakfast, wine, cocktails, couches, and a fireplace. What more could you need?! This winter, plan a night out with friends, and hit up Helix for incredible drinks and small plates to share like charcuterie boards, Cowboy Caviar, and dips, or go bigger with daily soups, sandwiches, and desserts!

The Nostalgic Bean

One of the most charming little bakeries and coffee shops, and certainly a long-time favorite, The Nostalgic Bean will bring you immense amounts of comfort this season. The delicious coffee, the impressive pastries, and the crowd-loved quiches... It's truly one of the most comforting places in the Eau Claire area! You can't go wrong with any of their coffee drinks, croissants, macaroons, cookies, tarts, muffins, and other fabulous desserts.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

One hobby that never gets old is curling up with a good book on a chilly day! Spend an afternoon at the new L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in downtown Eau Claire with your book of choice. Explore 3 floors of relaxing spaces throughout the library, and find a quiet nook to open up a new book this winter! While you're here, check out free gear rentals available through Gear Share to take your Eau Claire adventures outdoors.

The interior of the Nickel Barn in Osseo, WI

The Osseo Nickel Barn

The big red barn in Osseo, WI is truly magical, especially in the cooler months! When you walk into the Osseo Nickel Barn, you're hit with rustic charm, antiques, and the sweet smell of coffee! Shop around for gifts, home decor, local cheese & meats, and other handmade goods, and order a coffee to keep you extra cozy! If you can't decide on which coffee to order, get a coffee latte flight that is perfect for the holiday season.

Racy's + The Nucleus Cafe

If there's one place you'll always feel cozy and comfortable in Eau Claire, it's The Nucleus Cafe & Racy D'Lenes Coffee Lounge. This cafe on Water Street is voted as the locals' favorite spot for breakfast and is the perfect place to get coffee, crepes, and more delicious brunch platters! Click here to see all the reasons you need to visit Racy's + The Nucleus Cafe./

Lazy Monk Brewing

One of the coziest breweries in Eau Claire is located right in the heart of downtown serving a wide range of stouts, porters, radlers, dark lagers, IPAs, and many more beers. Visit Lazy Monk Brewing this winter to experience a European craft brewery right here in Eau Claire, and check out events and Christmas markets this season!

Eau Claire Downtown Coffee (ECDC)

Grab a coffee and fresh breakfast or lunch in downtown Eau Claire at ECDC, located at The Lismore Hotel. This little cafe is the perfect place to meet a friend for coffee, study with classmates, or just enjoy a drink and breakfast by the fireplace! Click here to see all the possibilities of visiting ECDC and The Lismore Hotel.

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