Cafe Descartes

680 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611 680 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago Directions
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Report | 3 years ago
Excellent quality coffee.
Report | 3 years ago
Good coffee; good service.
Report | 3 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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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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Many people described the Pastries as Good.
+ 67%
- 33%

Many people described the Coffee as Decent. Others thought:
+ 54%

  • Decent
  • Good
- 46%

  • Not Great
  • Not Good
  • Mediocre
Many people described the Service as Slow. Others thought:
+ 40%

  • Fine
  • Decent
- 60%

  • Slow