Today I am going to tell you about a new coffee joint I found and am obsessed with!  It’s called Merchant and they serve illy coffee!  Illy coffee is produced in Italy and sold in tin cans and has a nice smooth flavor.  I love a coffee shop that serves healthy lunches too and was so happy to see that Merchant has salads, sandwiches and crepes!

The day I visited Merchant was actually my birthday, I met a friend before going shopping and relaxing at the spa.  It was fairly easy to get there and parking wasn’t too bad, but you do have to pay the meter.

The café is located in a really chic building with clean lines and red stools that give the space a cool pop of color.  Located in the bustling Central Business District, the area has a liveliness to it that I love.  Merchant also serves wine and champagne and even has nightly live music.

I had an iced mocha, light on the chocolate.  It was really good although a little too chocolaty.  I find that there has to be the perfect blend of coffee, milk and chocolate with this drink and theirs was a little too much on the chocolaty side.  Next time I might say extra-light on the chocolate and it would probably be perfect.

To snack on, I had the parfait with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and granola with honey on top. The honey gave the tart Greek yogurt the little sweetness it needed. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their lunch items, they all sounded so good!

Overall I love Merchant, I would totally go back if I were in the area.
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