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Cafe Bassam

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Art Gallery$$$$
Park West, San Diego
  • Eduardo R.
    "Chai latte, and Mexican mocha are great"(3 Tips)
    Jake A.
    "Coffee and Chai is some of best in San Diego!"(10 Tips)
    Ben D.
    "Cafe Vanilla"(5 Tips)
    Bee K.
    "Several folks indicated that Bassam doesn't offer wifi, incorrect."(5 Tips)
58 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • chai
  • casual
  • wine
  • good for a quick meal
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  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GomezJanuary 1, 2015
    As a coffee guy I have to say that the espresso is over roasted. Not horrible but the vibe/ambiance in here makes up for it. Amazing interior, pastries, friendly staff, good wine & tea selection.
  • Bee K.
    Bee KMarch 12, 2013
    Yes wifi! Several folks indicated that Bassam doesn't offer wifi, incorrect. Great tea recommendations, chill service and atmosphere. Perfect place to plug in and escape.
  • Perriann H.
    Perriann HodgesMarch 13, 2015
    Love the vibe. Get a blended drink and they serve it in a special glass! So cute! So many teas to choose from!!
  • Stefanie S.
    Stefanie SundbyMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere. I come to work, chill, hang out with friends.. Their hot chocolate and biscotti (if available) are awesome
  • robert h.
    robert higginsonApril 13, 2015
    Great terrace to sit and enjoy a morning coffee - indoors full of amazing stuff.
  • Benjamin L.
    Benjamin LotanMay 28, 2012
    No Internet here, but it's a great spot. Cheese plate is pretty great for 3 people and some wine perhaps. Great music.
  • Kate
    KateMarch 4, 2014
    Iced chai is amazing. Probably the best I've ever had.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 6, 2013
    This coffee and tea house has quirky decor and drinks crafted with care.
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa MorenoJune 23, 2012
    The ambiance is amazing, the decoration, the music, it's all perfect for studying or relaxing with friends.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BlajFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Rad atmosphere, perfect for sipping on the BEST hot apple cider in all of Sandiegotown! Heavenly!
  • Jake A.
    Jake AdamsJune 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There is Internet here! Coffee and Chai is some of best in San Diego!
  • Denette
    DenetteApril 14, 2014
    Cool quirky place. Decent coffee, huge cup to go! Open late!
  • Naima F.
    Naima FinnieOctober 25, 2011
    Nevermind the chai, it's from a mix...BUT! The cheese and olive plates are both nice. Read more
  • Timz T.
    Timz TravelerOctober 10, 2014
    An unusual find along 5th ave. atmosphere transports you to Europe.
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DeanJune 18, 2013
    The house coffee is great. No sugar or milk needed, very smooth
  • Mark T.
    Mark TurnerMarch 7, 2013
    Here for planning an event of jazz, art and poetry. Atmosphere very conducive.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FanadyMarch 29, 2013
    Count your change. Girl behind the counter isn't that sharp when it comes to the math department. Kinda had the deer in the headlights look lol.
  • Daria Z.
    Daria ZolotkoJanuary 4, 2015
    Great place to have really strong coffee like in Europe
  • Doug M.
    Doug MuellerNovember 25, 2011
    When the Zombie Hordes attack, remember the rifles hanging on the wall! Stock up on your Ammo while there's still time!
  • Ray E.
    Ray ElkinsDecember 27, 2011
    Yeah...there chai is good but fuck all the bullshit...they don't have free wi-fi. That's really whack.
  • Kerry W.
    Phenomenal atmosphere and the coffee is great.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleDecember 27, 2014
    A great spot for a quick bite or a long study session.
  • Maria D.
    Maria D.July 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's not just great coffee, tea and wine. Amazing atmosphere! You have to come here to feel it, to get inspired.
  • Diego on a Dime
    Diego on a DimeFebruary 11, 2011
    Slow service, even when there is not a lot of people in the coffeehouse. No internet, so this is not the place to study, but to chat and interact with others. Love their selection of teas.
  • Amir B.
    Amir BaharlouMarch 8, 2015
    The espresso float is really good.
  • Luisa G.
    Luisa Goldoni NagyApril 4, 2014
    He also has some old/antique pieces not to be overlooked.
  • Merel B.
    Merel BackersFebruary 23, 2015
    Loved the yoghurt, granola and fresh fruit!
  • Eduardo R.
    Eduardo RamirezMay 21, 2016
    Chai latte, and Mexican mocha are great
  • Ben D.
    Ben DuffMay 19, 2010
    Can't go wrong with flavored espresso!! Cafe Vanilla is my new favorite!
  • Levaker
    LevakerAugust 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Wait. Hold on. DID I JUST TRANSPORT TO EUROPE? No? Oh. Cool. Can I get some tea then?
  • Mohammed
    MohammedSeptember 25, 2014
    Good place , but Service is very bad .. I waited 10 min .. just to ask about a napkin .. 😊!
  • stacy k.
    stacy keckNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ladies, wear your spandex workout gear or a low-cut top and get free biscotti with your chai. :/
  • Raymond M.
    Raymond MustangSeptember 28, 2012
    The Mexican mocha is great!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GNovember 16, 2014
    Favorite place to get things done!
  • Steve M.
    Steve MuellerJuly 17, 2011
    Try the iced Vietnamese coffee.... Sweet and cold.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJuly 30, 2015
    White chai!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LinderAugust 7, 2014
    Loved the Mexican mocha!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SolkovitsJuly 26, 2013
    Service was so extremely slow, if you are on any kind of timeline avoid this cafe. Over a 30 minute wait for a cheese plate and glass of water.
  • Marishella C.
    Marishella C.August 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Very nice Pris bday wine party!
  • Diane
    DianeJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The chai is beyond delicious!
  • DavidPatrone P.
    DavidPatrone PatroneOctober 7, 2010
    Great big lattes and really good soup!
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelMarch 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    So many varieties of tea! 😊
  • Ted C.
    Ted CaplanerisJanuary 3, 2013
    Wi Fi available.
  • Heather M.
    Heather McIntoshJuly 27, 2009
    The most amazing Chai in town, and coming in a close second the Mocha Latte.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GNovember 16, 2014
    If u love Corbin follow on snap
  • Breanna B.
    Breanna BrentonMay 27, 2012
    Try the panini! It's pretty good!
  • San Diego Reader
    San Diego ReaderJanuary 18, 2012
    Two words: Serious Coffee. Read more
  • Gabrielle A.
    wifi pass: royalhat019
  • Aldo B.
    Aldo BustosDecember 28, 2014
    Try the cafe.
  • Mel M.
    Mel MarkarianMay 15, 2016
    Great Ambience
  • Mayer S.
    Mayer SeidmanSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wifi is often not working
  • Charles C.
    Charles CochraneOctober 31, 2009
    you can also have a lovely glass of vino aswell!!!
  • Jim
    JimJune 2, 2011
    No more bedouin. No longer with coming
  • marc t.
    marc tamskyJanuary 26, 2010
    Great selection of teas.
  • Jay B.
    Jay BeltzDecember 16, 2009
    Best decaf in town
  • Christina R.
    Christina RainMarch 7, 2010
    Beat chai tea in town.
  • Tracy R.
    Tracy RenfrowDecember 20, 2011
    Too many chairs!! Would really be
  • Diogo C.
    Diogo CyprianoNovember 10, 2014
    Armazém ou café? Esqueça o cappuccino e aproveite o lugar. Messi but cool! Le café expresso ça vas...
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