Places to gill out: Jimmie’s Chocolates and Cafe 47

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NSU is a unique and lively campus, but that doesn’t mean that Sharks can’t band together and take an afternoon to explore the South Florida area — even if that just means finding a quaint place to study.

Fifteen minutes from campus, students can find a relaxing place to sip some coffee, chat with friends and complete assignments.

Heading into Dania Beach, you’ll notice a small café, a hidden gem, surrounded by luscious trees and lined with tiny lights. A parking lot big enough for three cars will welcome you, as you enter Jimmie’s Chocolates and Café 47.

Just around back, you’ll find more parking, and the entrance to Jimmie’s yummy chocolate shop, full of assorted chocolate delights. Treats like chocolate covered strawberries, truffles and chocolate turtles will satisfy any chocolate cravings.

However, the real star of the show, is its spacious patio. Partially enclosed by large trees and full plants, several tables and a small furnace make up the patio, giving patrons an off-street view and surprisingly quiet atmosphere. The comfortable, calming setting makes it perfect for hanging with friends or studying, while sipping on coffee and nibbling on a sweet treat.

The chocolate shop and café serve various coffee options, with specialty coffees having a hint of Jimmie’s chocolate in them, like the chocolate caramel or chocolate coconut cappuccinos. Each comes with a few chocolate-covered espresso beans. Desserts offered change regularly, but you can’t go wrong with the chocolate, strawberry and banana-filled crepe.

The café also serves an assortment of Caribbean-inspired lunch and dinner items. Appetizers like the Petite Blue Corn Nachos will hold you over until sandwiches and salads like the PoBoy Tropicale and Latino Salad fill you up. Café 47 offers a variety of house specialties and entrees as well, such as Braised and Shredded Pork Shoulder.

Jimmie’s Chocolates and Café 47 is great no matter the occasion, whether it be taking a break with friends or studying for a huge exam. Serving lunch and dinner, plus all-day sweet tooth’s, this spot is sure to be a new favorite.

Jimmie’s Chocolates and Café 47

148 N Federal Hwy (US-1) Dania Beach, FL 33004, $2-$22

Chocolate Shop

Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Café

Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.. Dinner is offered from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Jimmie’s Chocolates and Café 47 offers a tranquil spot for students.

Permission from J. Lytle

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