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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)
    Marishella C.
    "Very nice Pris bday wine party!"(4 Tips)
57 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.
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa MorenoJune 23, 2012
    The ambiance is amazing, the decoration, the music, it's all perfect for studying or relaxing with friends.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 6, 2013
    This coffee and tea house has quirky decor and drinks crafted with care.
  • 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
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DeanJune 18, 2013
    The house coffee is great. No sugar or milk needed, very smooth
  • Kate
    KateMarch 4, 2014
    Iced chai is amazing. Probably the best I've ever had.
  • Timz T.
    Timz TravelerOctober 10, 2014
    An unusual find along 5th ave. atmosphere transports you to Europe.
  • 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.
  • Mark T.
    Mark TurnerMarch 7, 2013
    Here for planning an event of jazz, art and poetry. Atmosphere very conducive.
  • Daria Z.
    Daria ZolotkoJanuary 4, 2015
    Great place to have really strong coffee like in Europe
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleDecember 27, 2014
    A great spot for a quick bite or a long study session.
  • 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.
  • Ben D.
    Ben DuffMay 19, 2010
    Can't go wrong with flavored espresso!! Cafe Vanilla is my new favorite!
  • Eduardo R.
    Chai latte, and Mexican mocha are great
  • Merel B.
    Merel BackersFebruary 23, 2015
    Loved the yoghurt, granola and fresh fruit!
  • 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?
  • 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. :/
  • Mohammed
    MohammedSeptember 25, 2014
    Good place , but Service is very bad .. I waited 10 min .. just to ask about a napkin .. 😊!
  • Adam B.
    Adam BohannonMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    service is lukewarm. has anyone had a lively, pleasant interaction with the staff here? what's the secret?
  • Raymond M.
    Raymond MustangSeptember 28, 2012
    The Mexican mocha is great!
  • Steve M.
    Steve MuellerJuly 17, 2011
    Try the iced Vietnamese coffee.... Sweet and cold.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GNovember 16, 2014
    Favorite place to get things done!
  • 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.
  • Diane
    DianeJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The chai is beyond delicious!
  • Marishella C.
    Marishella C.August 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Very nice Pris bday wine party!
  • DavidPatrone P.
    DavidPatrone PatroneOctober 7, 2010
    Great big lattes and really good soup!
  • Heather M.
    Heather McIntoshJuly 27, 2009
    The most amazing Chai in town, and coming in a close second the Mocha Latte.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CaplanerisJanuary 3, 2013
    Wi Fi available.
  • Pelin G.
    So many varieties of tea! 😊
  • 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
  • Aldo B.
    Aldo BustosDecember 28, 2014
    Try the cafe.
  • Mel M.
    Great Ambience
  • Mayer S.
    Mayer SeidmanSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wifi is often not working
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