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Colombian pastries and coffee await at Take It Easy

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Empanadas, pastries and coffee at Take It Easy
Photo: Christopher DeVargas

There’s a history of really cool stuff hiding just off the main drag of Spring Mountain Road known as Chinatown. The latest arrival is a true oasis, a Colombian bakery and coffee house from the makers of Makers & Finders, where chill vibes and cozy flavors await.

A sign featuring an upside-down sloth, just hanging out, greets you before you discover Take It Easy, setting the tone for a morning or afternoon of delicious relaxation. You can pick up a cool hat or T-shirt with that lazy mascot, but you’ll be even more tempted to snag a bag of Mexico Chiapas coffee beans ($15).

The shop is sleek and modern in neutral tones, the far end decorated with a mural of a sun setting over mountains. This is one of those Vegas places that might make you feel like you’re on vacation somewhere else. Behind the counter, fancy brewing gear feels a bit scientific as a cook works on your order in the open kitchen.

There are sweet treats like matcha cake ($7.50), a carrot cake doughnut with toasted cashews ($4) and a colorful fruit tart with vanilla bean custard ($8), but don’t leave without sampling some of the more traditional Colombian offerings. Made-to-order buñuelos ($4.50) are delicate and airy with a dash of salty cotija cheese inside, while the slightly sweeter pandebono ($4) adds queso fresco to the formula. Take home a half-dozen of these for $15, or fill up on savory or sweet empanadas, baked or fried, that you may have eaten at Makers & Finders. Try the different but delicious guava and queso variety ($4).

Take It Easy also offers a full range of coffee, espresso, tea and fun specialty drinks like the Shake n’ Bake ($7), house-made coconut-cashew milk shaken with espresso and lavender. There are plenty of flavors to explore when you come back, since you’ve already decided to become a regular.

TAKE IT EASY COFFEE ROASTERS 3540 Wynn Road, 702-586-8255. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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