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Kafein Coffee

1621 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
+1 847-491-1621
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
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“sandwiches” (3 reviews)
“coffee house” (3 reviews)
“trivia cards” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, Fast food
1621 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Went to the Patisserie (Coralie) on the corner and couldn’t pass the door because of the smell inside!! So walking down the street found this little quaint coffee store. The coffee was amazing and had a great vibe ambiance. Books, Trivia cards ln the table,...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

I love independent shops, and this is no exception. From the moment you walk in the door, you sense the old school coffee house vibe -- welcoming and cozy. They have wonderful coffees, teas, and ice cream treats as well as baked goods from the...More

Thank Kate L
Reviewed 19 March 2017

When I was in college, there were a number of coffee houses that had evolved from the Beatnik days into places that were comfortable, a little funky, served good coffee and sandwiches with a lot of bean sprouts. Kafein is one of those places (although...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Why go to a boring chain like Starbucks when there are so many great alternatives around? My partner and I got iced coffee and iced tea (from a dozen choices), also a yummy grilled cheese sandwich and lentil soup/sandwich combo. Reasonably priced. And fast table...More

Thank jaz79h
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Kafein offers a relaxed coffeehouse in the somewhat plush Evanston area. Its decoration is ecletic, funky and with personality, including the decorated tables. It's a pleasant change from the cookie-cutter Starbucks scene or even the Peets across the street. The tables and booths provide a...More

Thank Pucela08
Reviewed 25 November 2015

Perfect place for a quiet cup of coffee and a good book, afternoon cake or a pit stop on a shopping spree.

Thank diner574
Reviewed 16 October 2015

I like the secondhand, arthouse-ish vibe of the place. It's a nice break from the sterile sameness of your average "Starbucks." The coffee? Not the best in the world - I don't think you'll be having deep conversations with a barista about what side of...More

Thank Jubi H
Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

Went here after visiting Found. Cakes were fantastic (carrot cake in particular). Friendly staff and fun tables. Fun after dinner place to watch people go by.....

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 16 August 2015

We went to Kafein early on a Sat. evening. The place was empty. My husband ordered a sandwich. They were out of roast beef. He ordered a different sandwich. The "double meat" sandwich consisted of one slice of turkey and one slice of ham all...More

Thank lovetravel174
Reviewed 1 August 2015

Dessert and coffee. We always come here after for meeting friends or after a casual dinner. The desserts are delicious and the ambiance is like Toulouse-Lautrec is about to walk in the door. Wine only, no absinthe, but it's a favorite of ours.

Thank BAB0821
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US$ 20
Breakfast, Dinner
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Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1621 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: +1 847-491-1621
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