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174 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402
(419) 354-3266
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8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night

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  • 26
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Quaint little coffee shop

Over the past half-year, I have visited this location twice, and was pleasantly surprised by its charm. I myself am not a big fan of coffee, but my friend is, so after looking it up we decided it was a good place to go. I was a little skeptical at first, as I really didn't know what to expect... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Shaun S
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Toledo, Ohio
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English first
Toledo, Ohio
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Over the past half-year, I have visited this location twice, and was pleasantly surprised by its charm. I myself am not a big fan of coffee, but my friend is, so after looking it up we decided it was a good place to go. I was a little skeptical at first, as I really didn't know what to expect of... More 

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Local coffee shop with a large book collection for browsing. Food options are limited but good quality. I tend to get a pastry and soft drink so can't speak of the coffee but very popular with the locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Great coffee with a nice array of desserts and ice cream. Used books, nice music, the perfect antidote to our 21st century madness.

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Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

A combination coffee-shop & used book store. it's a great hang-out place, very laid back. I go there whenever in BG.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

There is something unique about GFT...it attracts both the young and old alike. You feel the community when you walk in and you leave smelling of coffee grounds, which is a good thing in my opinion. I used to study late into the night as a student and then I brought my babies there to play while siping coffee with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I spent a lot of time studying here as a student. A great locally owned coffee shop and used bookstore. They feature special flavored beans and other specialty drinks. Plenty of table space to spread out work or school material. Perfect spot for a meeting or there is also a quiet area in the back for reading or studying if... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

a used bookstore/coffee shop combo that is a super comfortable place to relax and browse. there are ceiling leaks and a slight odor, but it's still a great space to support.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

There's a reason GFT is a long-time local favorite - excellent coffee, tasty food (try the spinach pies), and absolutely comfortable atmosphere. It might as well be Bowling Green's communal living room, complete with groups of chatting friends, kids curled up in corners reading to parents and students immersed in homework.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Grounds for Thought is really the heart and soul of Bowling Green, OH. Kelly and Laura Wicks own and run this great coffee shop/used bookstore. Famous for their own hand roasted coffees from around the world, GFT also offers a wide range of teas, Italian sodas, locally made pastries (the carrot cake is to die for), locally made and wrapped... More 

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Bowling Green, Ohio USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Grounds for Thought is a charming place with a great atmosphere. It has a massive selection of used books and vinyl. Great place to hang out, drink good coffee (roasted by the owners and available for purchase), and interact with the locals. Pick up a quirky t-shirt as a souvenir.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 174 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Bowling Green
  • Phone Number: (419) 354-3266
Open Hours
Monday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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