Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company

Kayak's Café

Café and Coffee Shop$$$$
Skinker DeBaliviere, St Louis
  • Chris W.
    "Try the new Rwandan espresso - October's World Tour Coffee!"(2 Tips)
    Adam H.
    "place is usually crowded with Wash U students"(2 Tips)
    Chris W.
    "November espresso of the month."(14 Tips)
    Benjamin S.
    "Alterra served at kayak"(2 Tips)
61 Tips and reviews
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  • world tour
  • breakfast food
  • omelettes
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  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesAugust 14, 2014
    Order your basic turkey-cheese-greens panini or wrap via a moniker like the Telluride, the Yukon or the Durango. Try the organic chocolates or, in winter, treat yourself to the Mexican hot chocolate. Read more
  • Chris D.
    Chris DavisAugust 25
    My favorite place for coffee in stl hands down. Awesome Colorado-like atmosphere/interior. Amazing coffee with 👌🏼 seasonals and a full breakfast menu. And right on the corner to people watch.
  • Dianne M.
    In most recent few months, the service has improved and I've been able to order a banana chocolate peanut butter milkshake and it tasted amazing! I will keep coming back just for that!
  • Don K.
    Don KasakNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    My old tip can be partially discounted, as I was a mocha drinker at that time. Since then, I've grown to enjoy coffee, and have found that I like the Kaldi's at Kayak's more than the old Alterra.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is usually crowded with Wash U students but if you find a spot, the ambience is great. Great Kaldi's coffee too.
  • Arch City Homes
    Arch City HomesOctober 23, 2011
    Bring plenty of quarters for the metered parking lot behind the building even on the weekends...they require feeding 24/7. Food - try the Cortina sandwich or Durango wrap. Both are great!
  • Phil M.
    Phil MillerDecember 23, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Great place for Kaldi's coffee and an interesting breakfast and lunch menu adjacent to the Washington University campus and Skinker Metrolink station
  • Chris W.
    Chris WAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Contrary to what's on here, I think Kayak's has definitely had an upswing now that it's under Kaldi's. Try the Chemex for a smoother coffee and some great sandwiches like the Aspen - light and healthy
  • Emily P.
    Emily PaulNovember 27, 2012
    Food is good, nice selection. Coffee is Kaldis which I enjoy. There is not much room to sit. A few 2-3 person tables which are occupied by college students who sit for hours.
  • Renée H.
    Renée HirshfieldJuly 23, 2014
    This place would be more accessible to non-Wash U students if the parking situation were better. The meters in the lot are enforced 24/7, so prepare for a possible ticket.
  • Jim 🍀 G.
    Jim 🍀 GauFebruary 21, 2016
    The breakfast sandwich on an everything bagel was fantastic. Also good Kaldi coffee.
  • Arch City Homes
    Arch City HomesDecember 9, 2011
    They don't do free refills, so ask for coffee in a paper cup so you can keep it warm with a lid. Refills are available for about a buck.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StearnsMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the table by the fire place in the back! It has comfy chairs. Also get some coffee!!
  • Dianne M.
    Dianne Mogilevsky CartySeptember 10, 2012
    Not sure what all the hype is about... Staff are annoyed, customers are loud, weird set up to order/pick-up. I felt very tense in the super sunny interior without shades. Get all to go and get out!
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BensonJune 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Honey wheat bagel is sooo good. Get with butter not cream cheese ( coming from a cream cheese fanatic)
  • Sarah B.
    Always full of Wash U students. I would recommend Blueprint down the street or Comet in Brentwood if you're looking to stay somewhere a while.
  • Ashlan W.
    Ashlan WilkinsApril 21, 2013
    Try the "dirty" chai by adding a shot of espresso. Delicious!
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LemenJuly 5, 2012
    It's overpriced and there are often condescending workers, like many cafes in St. Louis. Unlike other cafes, however, the men's bathroom in Kayak's has a black toilet, so enjoy that.
  • Eden A.
    The breakfast options are amazing. Especially the egg bagel
  • Chris W.
    Chris WNovember 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Ethiopian dama yirgocheffe - the November espresso of the month. Great in a traditional latte, capp, or macchiato!
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PaulJanuary 6, 2013
    The mochas are addicting. Prepare yourself for at least two.
  • Abby W.
    Abby WoodyJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The traditional cappuccino might be the absolute best way to sample the coffee of the month.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsSeptember 16, 2016
    Toasted wraps with side of fruit are always great
  • Hugo N.
    Hugo NeuprolerMarch 31, 2011
    Try their "World Tour" rotating single origin. It can be a delightful treat, especially brewed as espresso.
  • Sally Y.
    Sally YeDecember 5, 2011
    French toast & Northwoods salad are both great. So is the coffee
  • Abby W.
    Abby WoodyJuly 29, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Vegetarian seal of approval! Cortina sandwich (marinated portabellas)
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin SawyerApril 18, 2010
    Per Don K., the Alterra served at kayak gave them a very different flavor than any other coffee shop in St. Louis. I like kaldi's coffee, but for my girlfriend they changed for the worse.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackMarch 15, 2015
    This place is a staple for me. Try the chai, it's delicious.
  • ABdul W.
    ABdul WailJuly 4, 2016
    Great atmosphere, okay Coffee. I tried the Gibraltar. It wasn't impressive but drinkable.
  • Paige T.
    Paige TobinOctober 11, 2015
    Vanilla latte was just right, not too sweet.
  • Alyssa M.
    Alyssa MendozaSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The pumpkin pie latte is glorious! Try it while it's still in season
  • Draig H.
    Draig HodgeNovember 16, 2014
    Every omelet is delicious every time.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HundleyMay 3, 2013
    Love their PB&J with a big cup of Joe.
  • Jarhod V.
    Jarhod ValentiJune 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the cowboy omelet its amazinly good
  • Derek K.
    Derek KnightAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee and toasted sandwiches
  • Debbie Y.
    Debbie YeeFebruary 19, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    great coffee, teas, and paninis.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WoerheideMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The new Zurich sandwich is really good.
  • Joe M.
    Joe McGillAugust 7, 2014
    Order the Mayan Mocha. Always.
  • Julie.T. G.
    Julie.T. GoldmanNovember 26, 2011
    Not big enough to fit anything if you want to meet a group of friends here :(
  • Mel S.
    Mel SJune 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Each time I get carry out (cold wrap) my order seems to get longer. Shouldn't have to put 30 min on the meter.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BensonNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Their Gooey butter and vanilla latte = pure bliss.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeemanAugust 7, 2014
    Great coffee and pastries.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SpencerJuly 12, 2011
    Pick up a sarah speaks easy fanpack from the front window for 4 free pageant tickets and a bumper sticker!
  • Shah
    ShahOctober 13, 2014
    Location is the best thing about this place, parking is the worst. Everything else is in be tween.
  • Алена В.
    Алена ВинникDecember 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice place, but too crowded on the Saturday.
  • Scott A.
    Scott AllenderSeptember 29, 2010
    Chicken curry sandwich is awesome. Gotta try it!
  • Phil M.
    Phil MillerDecember 17, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Kaldi's Coffee and great folks
  • Robert W.
    Robert WoerheideJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    For a coffee house, the pizza ain't bad!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the new Rwandan espresso - October's World Tour Coffee! Tangy and bright!
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittFebruary 28, 2016
    Metered parking in back.
  • Denise P.
    Denise PhelanNovember 9, 2014
    Coffee is amazing
  • Michael F.
    Michael FranzoniSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Hours til 9 on weekdays and 10 on weekends again!
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerDecember 9, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The best sandwiches.
  • Sara H.
    Sara H.November 14, 2010
    The vanilla mint tea is amazing!
  • Sam H.
    Sam HMay 1, 2011
    Get the sicilian omlet muthafuckas
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan MattieFebruary 23, 2010
    They close at 7 pm, contrary to popular belief that they close at 11. Found this out the hard way. Twice.
  • Marcy B.
    Marcy BursacDecember 6, 2011
    A coffee shop without wireless internet is like Burt without Ernie. Please get a new router. :(
  • Michael F.
    Michael FranzoniJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Now open til 10 every night!!!
  • Doovy H.
    Doovy HanMay 7, 2010
    Definitely overrated. Their pastries are alright, but the rest--coffee, sandwich, breakfast menu and etc--are subpar.
  • Liz S.
    Liz Sharpe-TaylorJanuary 28, 2012
    Internet connection questionable ....
  • Danyell
    DanyellAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This isn't the right location to check into.
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