There’s nothing cozier than curling up with a book and a warm bowl of soup, and at Wichita’s Watermark Books and Cafe, you can do just that. Founded in 1977, this independent bookstore goes beyond the binding. Aside from selling books, Watermark hosts classes, book clubs, and author events. If you’re looking for a rare or unusual book, you can also check out the sister store, Watermark West, which is located in the shop’s original building.
Watermark Books added the cafe in 1996, when it moved to its current location. On any given day, the pastry selection may include pistachio muffins, French toast scones, and Chai tea muffins. The made-from-scratch soups change daily, as well, with such flavors as tomato bisque and roasted vegetable chili. There are also dessert options like lime white chocolate cupcakes and whiskey peach upside down cake. The cafe opens at 7 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, one hour before the book store opens for the day.