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Kafein - 16 Reviews - 1621 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504, Evanston, IL - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (847) 491-1621


1621 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 491-1621
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Kafein - Evanston, IL
Kafein - Evanston, IL
Kafein - Evanston, IL
Kafein - Evanston, IL
Kafein - Evanston, IL
Kafein - Evanston, IL
Kafein - Evanston, IL
Kafein - Evanston, IL
Kafein - Evanston, IL


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This is a great place. It's a low key coffeeshop where the music doesn't repeat and the drinks are fantastic. It's unique, independent, and female-owned, as an added plus. Pr...


The waitresses at this place act like they've just come out of a coma. When asking about a specific drink on the menu I was told to look at the menu instead of asking questions. H...

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Cream and Sugar 4/29/2006

I'm glad to see the judysbook reviewers being honest about this place. I have heard raves about this place before I checked it out. I think most reviews were very kind. I guess it is a hangout for Northwestern students. It looks like it used to be a Jazz club years ago based on the design. I don't care for the current decor too much. I think what makes it special is it's location and that is a good meeting spot for locals or tourists. I will kind also and give 3 stars. more

Funky Coffee Bar 11/15/2005

The place is bit disheveled and reminiscent of some of my college apartments. This is most likely due to the close proximity of Northwestern University If you can get past the college co-eds, past the mix-matched chairs and peeling velour couches, you'll end-up with a delicious latte, espresso or cappuccino . Another really addition to your cup o' joe is one of their many decadent deserts. Not a coffee lover? They make a mean chocolate, peanut butter shake. more

great in the daytime 9/29/2005

I don't really like the evenings at Kafein. I made the mistake of going there on a weekend night and it was packed with youngsters. It's fairly empty in the afternoons and now that they've got wi-fi, it's a great place to camp out with my laptop. Their milkshakes are delicious and they'll make them with non fat frozen yogurt. Oh and the mango smoothie is also fantastic. And they've got millions of coffee drinks, too. I've had food there a couple of times and it was nothing special. But my friend loves the apple pie. more

Swanky coffee place 8/30/2005

Sort-of a piano/jazz bar atmosphere but serving cool coffee drinks. A great "night life" alternative if you want to skip the bar scene or just need a night off from alcohol, although I think they might have some alcoholic coffee drinks. Remember to pay the parking meters, though if you come in the evening when they're still enforced! more

Coffee Served 8/16/2005

Kafein has a pretty nice atmosphere compared to most of the coffee houses in Evanston because it's unique in decor, dark, and somewhere to go if you want to chat. It's also a nice place to hang out and maybe study... if you're a student. This is probably my first experience getting served at a coffee shop. I'm used to paying at the register and getting my goods right then and there so I can sit down wherever I please. I don't think I like having someone wait on me when I just want black coffee (i guess that might not be too common here considering they have really yummy desserts and specialty drinks). The service isn't that great either...meaning you'll have to wait a bit, so don't come here unless you're bumming around or have the time. more

Popular Cafe among NU Students 8/5/2005

This is a popular place to hangout among Northwestern students, especially undergrads. They are open until late and have tiny garden for summer days. They offer a variety of creative drinks and deserts. They also serve sandwiches. Decor is rather interesting, it is a special place especially to go with friends, you should try the deserts, especially the apple pie. more
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  • In Short
    Grad students tap away at keyboards amidst lush burgundy and gold vintage decor, velvet curtains and crackled walls, while laid-back couples settle in for hushed conversation at...

  • 9/8/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thurs 11am-1am; Fri-Sat 11am-2am
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
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