Cafe Descartes

Cafe
680 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611 680 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago Directions
Today 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM Open All Hours
+13122558003
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63% of 8 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Coffee, Tea
  • Hours
    Sun
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Mon
    6:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Tue
    5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Wed
    4:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Thu
    6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Fri
    6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    Closed
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Coffee, Tea
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  • Parking
    Street
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Tips

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6 Tips
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Report | 4 years ago
Overpriced. The personal pizza wasn't very good.
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Report | 4 years ago
Excellent quality coffee.
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Report | 4 years ago
Good coffee; good service.
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Report | 4 years ago
Nice little cafe in the heart of downtown Chicago, across the street where we happened to be staying. Delicious baked goods, nice ambiance - great place to take a breather from the busyness of the downtown area.
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Report | 5 years ago
The espresso drinks have been watered down the last few times I was there. The espresso is being overbrewed (too much water per shot of espresso) leading to weak and only bitter taste. I suggest either changing the process or adjusting the brewer. Customers pay a lot for espresso drinks, only to find that it tastes like water (or milk) then have to pay extra for an additional espresso shot which helps only marginally.
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Report | 5 years ago
Service very slow. COffer too sweet
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From Our Editors

After roasting coffee beans with his family in Pakistan, Arshad "Sony" Javid—founder of Café Descartes—indulged his love for the caffeinated drink by making pilgrimages to coffee houses in Asia, Europe, and South and Central America. In 1991, after a stint as a Starbucks barista, Sony opened his first shop, an espresso cart on the UIC campus, where he poured his decadent drinks to quench the thirst of students, professors, and dry textbooks. Today, the aficionado’s dream has expanded across six Chicago cafés, where warm, earth-toned walls, cushy armchairs, and the smell of fresh-roasted beans beckon customers to stick around for a latte, mexican mocha, or sweet pastry.

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Cafe Descartes

Sun
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mon
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tue
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed
4:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thu
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat
Closed
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