Tucked away in the heart of the Loop, Goddess and the Baker is sandwiched between the shops on Jewelers' Row. It almost looks like it wouldn't belong, except that it's so homey it could fit in anywhere. G&B somehow pulls off both a gourmet, upscale bakery and a college hangout vibe.
A couple of things you should know if you're going to work here: If you come in and the seats are full, just wait a couple of minutes; many of the patrons are folks who snuck away from work for coffee and a donut and don't stay very long. You'll probably have a seat before your coffee's ready.
The seating can be a little chaotic, with only a couple of window seats and three small tables. The rest is community seating - three long tables together, plus another row of single-seats - so if you're looking for quiet solitude, this probably isn't the place. The energy is great, though, so if you feed off that while you work, then you've found a home.
It can be a little loud, but it's a tall space, and having a conversation isn't terribly difficult. Good for meeting a friend, not good for a business meeting.
Also: Very few outlets, all near those small single tables. Again, though, if you wait a little bit, one will open up before too long. Coffee: Good, good stuff. Multiple roasters, both local and international. A healthy variety of different coffee drinks, changing frequently. For pour-over coffee, G&B also recently installed two Curtis automatic machines, the first two in Chicago.
Food options are endless. Besides the amazing baked goods, which are ridiculous, they have a good breakfast menu, hot and cold sandwiches (we're talking pulled pork, not panini), and salads, as well as soup and appetizers. Beer and wine is available, too.
Staff is super-cool and very conscious of their regulars. There's a lot to be said for that, considering that they've been hot since they opened six months ago, so hot they've already opened a second location at Navy Pier, of all places. But they'll still remember your name.
Goddess and the Baker may not be an everyday choice, which is good, because you'd probably get very fat. It is a real treat, though, to have in the middle of downtown.