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Ranking the best cafes in Pilsen, Chicago


Coffee shops are the perfect spot for any occasion. Whether you’re trying to get some work done or just recharging for a day of exploring Chicago, choose these top cafes in one of our favorite neighborhoods — Pilsen, Chicago.

They’ve all got good coffee, good food, and good vibes all-around, so you can’t make the wrong decision at any of these cafes.

Cafe Jumping Bean

Every neighborhood needs a Cafe Jumping Bean. With its colorful interior and various coffee concoctions, this cafe is a friendly hotspot for the entire Pilsen community. Expect great coffee and service. If you’re looking for food to chow down, they’ve got delicious gourmet sandwiches and soups too.

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La Catrina Cafe

Want to enjoy an inspiring setting with a delicious cup of coffee? Just head to La Catrina Cafe. Covered with beautiful murals, this cafe is not only alluring, but it also has an impressive breakfast and coffee menu to catch your eye. Their dirty abuelita, a Mexican hot chocolate with a shot of espresso, is to die for.

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Step Down Cafe

Step Down Cafe has got everything you need to relax: exposed brick, comfortable seating, delicious brunch foods, and solid coffee choices. Their menu consists of sandwiches, bagels, wraps, and empanadas as well as specialty coffees and teas to choose from. It’s a homey spot, so don’t be surprised if you spend a couple of hours there.

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Brew Brew Coffee & Tea Pilsen

Coffee and tea lovers are welcome at Brew Brew Coffee & Tea. Their coffee is roasted by award-winning Counter Culture Coffee Roasters, and they boast a full espresso bar, seasonal drinks, and various organic loose leaf teas. With large windows, this cafe is a popular spot to work from. They’ve also got vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options, including an ube donut.

Kristoffer’s Cafe & Bakery

If you ever need a pick-me-up, grab a sweet treat and a cup of coffee at Kristoffer’s Cafe & Bakery. You won’t regret getting a slice of their tres leches cake, rumored to be the best in the city. While you’re at it, treat yourself to a cup of Mayan hot chocolate special or a horchata latte. They’ve got savory options too!

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