The Hyppo Cafe is a comfortable haven



The 90-seat cafe offers a relaxing atmosphere where you can lounge on one of their couches, set up your laptop on a big table or have a meeting while enjoying lunch from their inventive menu.

You can also quell the summer heat with their gourmet ice pops such as an avocado-coconut, or an Elvis popsicle with peanut butter, bananas and honey.

The menu offers homemade soups, salads and sandwiches served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Specialty coffees are also served.

The cafe opened in 2012, two years after the first popsicle store opened downtown. Owner Steven DiMare started the first store in 2010 on Hypolita Street. Today, he owns a total of eight regional stores, along with the cafe.

How would you describe the restaurant’s atmosphere?

We are a comfortable, hangout, no rush place. We want you to come in and have a satisfying, healthy lunch. Moms love this place. The kids love popsicles, and Moms can get on their laptop. Students come in to munch while they study. We have magazines and books to look at while you have a macchiato or our local drip coffee.

What is your food philosophy?

I’ve always considered myself a Mom cook. I want people to feel comforted and happy when they eat here. I bake at least 10 types of cookies, and who doesn’t like cookies? We have no additives in our food and all the ingredients are fresh. We buy locally when we can. Most everything is homemade and that makes all the difference. Our menu is fun and flavorful.

What type of cuisine do you specialize in?

We like to offer unusual combinations like the goat sandwich. It has roast beef, goat cheese, cucumber mint and smoked cheese. Thirty to 40 popsicles are on tap on any given day. The Hyppo has a total of 400 flavors that rotate seasonally. The posicles are all natural and are made with five ingredients or less.

What is your signature dish?

When the cafe opened, we branched out to offer a lunch spot that serves a variety of sandwiches and homemade soups. We offer a T.B.A sandwich with turkey, bacon and avocado on sourdough. Add mixed greens with our balsamic dressing and you have our T.B.A salad. We have an eclectic menu that people come in to enjoy and everything is made to order.

What would you recommend for a first timer?

We have two sandwiches that customers love. La Revolution and the Grown Up. La Revolution is made with ham, pork, gruyere, pickled cucumbers and spicy mustard pressed on a ciabatta. The Grown Up is arugula and pecan pesto, gruyere, mozzarella and tomato pressed on a ciabatta. And of course, try one of our pops.