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Coupa Café

Coupa Café

Café, Latin American Restaurant, and Coffee Shop$$$$
University South, Palo Alto
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8.6/10
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  • Ranked #2 for cafés in Palo Alto
  • Omer Z.
    "Try the Tiger Spice Chai or one of the spicy hot chocolates."(13 Tips)
    Kyle E.
    "They accept Bitcoins."(9 Tips)
    Yen C.
    "Spicy mocha & pastries were a delight."(9 Tips)
    tnt
    "The spicy hot chocolate is a very nice experience!"(6 Tips)
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  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BowenFebruary 20, 2015
    Good place to work in Palo Alto. Good coffee and food, fast Wi-Fi, some outlets, and outdoor seating for when the weather's nice. Added plus, you can order from your table with the Downtown app.
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniJuly 16, 2013
    I love the tiger-spiced chai made with almond milk. If you're into decadent, try the firecracker truffle. Be sure to keep your ears open for some hot startup gossip. Lots of startups start up here.
    Upvoted Jul 6
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharJanuary 29, 2013
    Hands down my new favorite cafe. Love listening in to the high-powered conversations around me as I sip a tiger spice latte (a must try!) and work. Highly recommend (if you can manage a seat)
  • Philip C.
    Philip CortesJuly 1, 2011
    Meeteor Networking Tip: the side tables inside have plugs, and the tables near the back have the least amount of noise if you're meeting with somebody. There's also free water at the end of the bar!
  • Zach H.
    Zach HamedAugust 18, 2013
    Get the Tiger Spice chai. Make it a large. No, make it an XXXXX-large. One of the best chai teas in the Bay Area, period.
  • The Taste Sheriff
    Great South American cafe in which you can enjoy some down time while working/reading. Great beverages and desserts. Try the oatmeal cookie.
  • Liberty
    LibertyJuly 29, 2012
    Wonderful absolutely South American coffee & enough to eat that it really is a café. Not always the vibe for an office/coffee shop & electrical outlets aren't plentiful. But do go! For the coffee.
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YueAugust 28, 2014
    Elephant chai latte (vanilla flavoured) is a personal favourite. It's packed and noisy but if you're okay with that it's a great cafe to get some work done!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱June 6
    Get the Breakfast Bowl (yogurt, granola, fruit) if you are looking for something healthy.
    Upvoted Jun 30
  • Patrycja T.
    Patrycja TempskaFebruary 5, 2013
    Amazing atmosphere, food and coffee! Julio is preparing the best chai I've ever tried:))))) highly reccommended!
  • Josie X.
    Josie XiaoJune 30, 2014
    Decent coffee and pastry. The yogurt cup with granola and fruits have way too much granola and too little yogurt. Do grab a window seat or outdoor table, it's overall a good coffee experience
  • Gauri M.
    Gauri ManglikJune 13, 2012
    The staff here is so nice. Free wifi and delicious pasta. Good environment to get some work done. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Michael C.
    Michael ClarkeJuly 4, 2012
    Their tiger spiced chai is delicious. One of the best chai lattes I've had.
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WuMarch 5, 2012
    their green tea is fragrant, comes in a nice tea pot, and can always refill hot water. reminder that they only provide wifi on weekdays
  • Regan H.
    Regan HendersonJanuary 13, 2015
    Tiger spice latte was fantastic! Ordered the breakfast BLT on croissant and that's was great as well.
  • Liza P.
    Liza POctober 18, 2015
    Coupa is an institution in Palo Alto! The coffee is ok at best, but a very good space to work or meet for a chat.
  • Renee T.
    Renee TeefiveApril 18, 2015
    Fun and crowded food/coffee place to work and have meetings or just relax and enjoy some coffee.
  • Mariianne C.
    Mariianne CraryFebruary 28, 2015
    Outside seating in any weather, pitches everywhere, good place to follow the trends in Silicon Valley. Very crowded.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 8, 2012
    What's with the baristas talking suggestively to their coworkers and making them obviously uneasy about it especially in Spanish. The employees should remember that customers actually speak it
  • Scott A.
    Scott AllisonMarch 19, 2012
    Great coffee, great atmosphere, excellent wifi (M-F) but don't forget the food, it's great too!
  • mistermedici
    mistermediciAugust 26, 2011
    Try the Beverly Hills chopped salad, with dressing on the side or on top. You can't go wrong, man.
  • Merry
    MerrySeptember 13, 2013
    The Flamingo decaf sugar free chai is AMAZING. Probably the best chai I've ever had.
  • Masha A.
    Masha AdamianApril 6, 2015
    Cold brew here is divine. And Downtown app is fun, use it to skip the line.
  • Monique Z.
    Delicious coffee, along with unusual and intriguing chocolates. Good arepas and other nice baked goods. Read more
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan CalabreseAugust 16, 2010
    Follow @coupacafe on Twitter and watch for their whisper word specials! Also try the Empanadas ...they are delicious!
  • Yosun C.
    Yosun ChangOctober 1, 2012
    They are excellent in making specialty foods like shrimp quesadilla and nutella crepe... But fail at making scramble eggs...
  • Jiang Yan X.
    Jiang Yan XuOctober 9, 2014
    The beef arepas are so delicious! Lots of students hanging out and studying here
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachMay 21, 2012
    Try the Tiger Spice Chai or one of the spicy hot chocolates. Arepas are delicious.
  • Jon P.
    Jon PierceNovember 28, 2012
    The tiger spiced chai is tasty but super sweet. Probably more accurately classified as a dessert!
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongNovember 29, 2015
    pumpkin spice latte is solid here but not too sweet. I like the tiger chai more.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SalazarNovember 29, 2015
    Good cappuccino, but their Chai is the real deal. Just great!
  • Pavel S.
    Pavel SirotinSeptember 5, 2014
    Finally someone also thought that ordering from an app is convenient. Good luck, Downtown guys!
  • Maarten d.
    Maarten den BraberOctober 16, 2013
    Get the burger - it's delicious! And you can pay in Bitcoin too :-)
  • David C.
    David CalhounApril 1, 2014
    Cool atmosphere, but has been way too crowded the last few times I was there. Students and Silicon Valley sycophants flock here.
  • Frances
    FrancesAugust 10, 2014
    Hype is clearly for coffee. This based on food, not amazing here and small portions. Blt panini was ok. Rosemary pesto chicken was very dry and no frills. Mostly crepe wrapper. Ill pass next time.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestNovember 3, 2011
    You know what's even better than their delicious hot chocolate? Enjoying it while listening to new music and reading reviews
  • Sam C.
    Sam CecilOctober 2, 2011
    No wifi on the weekends - perfect time to curl up with your laptop and a latte and actually get some work done!
  • Kirk M.
    Kirk McMurrayFebruary 14, 2013
    Try the Hoppy Ending Beer - Pale Ale from the Palo Alto brewing company... with such a clever (triple entendre) name! ;)
  • Josh W.
    Josh WilliamsMarch 27, 2009
    Try the Blue Cheese Salad (but only if you like Blue Cheese). It is truly wonderful!
  • Abi J.
    Abi JonesJanuary 22, 2010
    Grab a spicy hot chocolate OR a plate of arepas. Trying to do both will put you into food fatigue.
  • AJ A.
    AJ AroraAugust 27, 2009
    Grab 2 arepas! (a combo carne mechada+queso amarillo and a reina pepiada)..wash down with a spicy-mayan iced-mocha :)
  • Angela R.
    Angela RodriguezJanuary 11, 2012
    If you come here a lot you get a free coffee or tea if you have a FiveStars card. FTW.
  • Eric R.
    Eric RisleyAugust 7, 2014
    Extraordinary espresso and great location.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HerzogNovember 9, 2011
    The spicy, soy hot chocolate is worth every penny. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate on the foam and stir to accent the peppery flavor.
  • Nora N.
    Nora NMay 15, 2012
    Lovely spot with nice tea options, but they need a few more biscuit options
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Listen closely. You may overhear patrons talking about preferred shares, term sheets, or user retention rates at this tech hotspot. Read more
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellJanuary 11, 2015
    Great cold-brewed coffee. Not too bitter, not too weak. 
  • jan h.
    jan hubertJuly 20, 2013
    This place is so popular they can't keep up with the traffic. We waited 15 minutes or more for our food and my eggs were cold. Coffee was good and strong, but that was it. They were overwhelmed.
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizAugust 22, 2009
    The spicy chocolate (in bar or hot chocolate form) is amazing
  • Tanay J.
    Tanay JaipuriaNovember 29, 2014
    The lattes are great, as are the empanadas.
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