Happy Buddha Cafe Brings Peace to the Depot District

Happy Buddha Cafe is a place to unwind and a place to work

Happy Buddha Cafe, located at 6836 W Windsor Ave, is the Depot District’s newest coffee house. In partnership with the City of Berwyn and Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC), Happy Buddha Cafe held their grand opening celebration on July 9.

With a full menu of coffee drinks as well as breakfast and lunch items, Happy Buddha Café caters to those on the go or those who are more inclined to grab a seat for lounging, working or meeting up with friends. The shop’s laid back vibe and colorful art swirling around a namesake Happy Buddha is a beacon for those looking for a comfortable neighborhood café with a welcoming atmosphere. The washroom even has a message board where patrons are encouraged to share positive messages.

Owner Vero Castro had dreamed of opening her own coffee shop for over five years not only because she loves to drink coffee but also because she enjoys social interaction and the energy generated by different people meeting for different purposes. A licensed contractor, Castro was accustomed to having client meetings in coffee shops and visited competitors from Bridgeport to the North Side before selecting the final touches to the storefront, which she also designed, built-out and decorated. Of course, the shop offers free Wi-Fi access to customers. Castro noted, “I grew up in this area and wanted to create a place in the community where we can gather, connect and share stories while experiencing a great cup of coffee. I want my customers to feel at home.”

Happy Buddha Cafe features espresso and coffee drinks and made-to-order smoothies crafted by well-trained baristas. The shop features smooth Colombian Supremo roast coffee as well as full-bodied Sumatra. For those looking for a departure from classics like pour over, cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolate, the menu has a few special items like the café de olla, a sweet and savory Mexican coffee infused with cinnamon, anise and piloncillo, and Vietnamese coffee, a cold drink sweetened with condensed milk. For those who prefer their caffeine bubbly, the menu also includes a tonespresso, which mixes espresso with tonic water to create a citrusy but sweet fizz.

Castro’s longtime friend, Nancy Duran, manages the shop and is the creative mind behind its fresh menu. Customers can choose from a variety of light breakfast fare including fruit, yogurt parfaits, bagels, muffins and coconut oatmeal. The lunch menu includes a solid assortment of fruit and vegetable smoothies, wraps, panini and salads.

Mayor Robert J. Lovero remarked, “I think you did a tremendous job of finishing Happy Buddha Café. We welcome you to Berwyn and wish you the best.” Mal Montoya, BDC Board President, continued, “You have a remarkable business and make a great contribution to our downtown Depot District. We welcome you to the neighborhood.”

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