Nina's Coffee Cafe

165 Western Ave N (at Selby Ave), Saint Paul, MN 55102, United States
Open until 10:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 6:30 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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  • "... to the politics. Bookstore downstairs" (2 tips)
  • "best coffee shop in st. paul. great employees, atmosphere,..." (2 tips)
  • "Love the pulled pork sandwich!" (4 tips)
  • Ellery L.

    Best cafe in St. Paul. Amazing location right off of the historic brownstones of Selby Ave. The service is great. Choose your time wisely, it can be hard to find a table. Read more

    Ellery Luse · February 17, 2010
  • studioL

    I like this place & have for years but it's time for a face-lift: the interior is drab & uninspired.

    studioL · September 6, 2011
  • Greg S.

    Bring your own coffee mug. They'll fill it for you. Save a cup, just like they make a point to use washable spoons instead of stirring straws or sticks.

    Greg Sax · October 22, 2009
  • Erik H.

    I'm a writer. I have to hang out here. Good thing it's a great place.

    Erik Hare · September 30, 2009
  • Nathan M.

    The fact that I see the same people here every day signals nina's neighborhood importance. Also friendliest staff in town.

    Nathan Matson · July 2, 2011
  • Nobu H.

    I liked my chai!

    Nobu Hata · March 15, 2010
  • Matt P.

    Go to Nina's Cafe for an Iced Latte and breakfast burrito on weekends. Stop downstairs at Garrison Keillor's bookstore: Common Good Books.

    Matt Prestegaard · March 17, 2009
  • Mark N.

    Try the pulled pork sandwich, it's amazing!

    Mark Nutter · January 12, 2010
  • Neil B.

    Very good coffee, lots of seating, but is often busy. They have a good menu of food, but it's a bit static. Overall, recommend one of the home baked cookies and a cappuccino.

    Neil Bakker · July 4, 2010
  • Lori K.

    The oatmeal here makes getting up on Monday worth it.

    Lori Klongtruatroke · February 22, 2010
  • Javen S.

    It's super busy every time I visit and can be hard to find seating. Also, $5 minimum is requested for credit card purchases--difficult of you just want coffee and don't have cash. Great place though!

    Javen Swanson · October 26, 2011
  • Erik B.

    The donuts are superb, the ginger beer (ginger remonade) is not so good.

    Erik Berger · June 22, 2011
  • Jeff J.

    Lemonade is great. Ginger lemonade is greater.

    Jeff Jones · March 18, 2010
  • John F.

    best coffee shop in st. paul. great employees, atmosphere, community. try the iced vermont on a hot day

    John Fournelle · November 2, 2012
  • Rachel K.

    Get a cafe vienna with vanilla soy and try it iced on a hot day!

    Rachel Kolias · August 23, 2011
  • Arthur C.

    One of my absolute favorites. Lots of space to hangout and work, great lighting, fantastic food. They have a locally grown mint mocha that's fantastic. Service is great too. Fun neighborhood.

    Arthur Chang · August 15, 2011
  • Stefanie W.

    The chicken salad croissant is wayyyyyy delicious! I don't know what they do, but I'm in love with it

    Stefanie Welter · August 5, 2011
  • Mark D.

    Double-check your breakfast order. Their Post-It Note system is pretty fallible.

    Mark Danielson · April 23, 2011
  • Dennis J.

    Disturbing lack of power outlets.

    Dennis Jansen · January 4
  • Stephanie P.

    The cardamom cookies are SO GOOD. Sugar and spice and everything nice!

    Stephanie Polus · November 25, 2013
  • Martha M.

    I highly recommend the hot lava panini! YUM.

    Martha McCarthy · March 22, 2013
  • Jill G.

    The chairs at the top of the stairs are the bests seats in the house! Great for people watching, reading, knitting, chatting...

    Jill Gallagher · February 24, 2013
  • McLean D.

    If the coffee shop seating is full, there's seating in the book store downstairs. Wi Fi works down there too!

    McLean Donnelly · February 24, 2013
  • Joseph A.

    Get the Tuna Salad on wheat.

    Joseph Alton · October 27, 2012
  • Lea P.

    Good coldpress!

    Lea Plonty Schweitzer · July 2, 2012
  • Kristy H.

    Their sandwiches are incredible.

    Kristy Heller · May 4, 2012
  • Danami

    So many beautiful people walk through these doors. Find a spot and spark a conversation. You get a new friend or date for this Wednesday.

    Danami · 5 days ago
  • Grace B.

    Best chai in the Twin Cities.

    Grace Bailey · May 9
  • David A.

    SLOW service. Be prepared to wait a while.

    David Ancelet · April 26
  • Jenna K.

    Iced Thai coffee. Heaven in a glass.

    Jenna Kornberg · April 9
  • Erica D.

    The oatmeal. Seriously. Still thinking about it a month later. So good. Get it.

    Erica Dao · March 12
  • Jerod P.

    Really great atmosphere! Space can be limited, so be considerate and share with others :) Start a punch'll by back!

    Jerod Petersen · March 5
  • Elizabeth E.

    Short walk from state Capitol. Nice antidote to the politics. Bookstore downstairs

    Elizabeth Evans · October 21, 2013
  • Sara P.

    Best coffee shop in St Paul. With the $5 credit card minimum, if i know I'll be spending time I just start a tab and can get a few cups of tea or coffee. Also, Evening in Missoula tea is the best!

    Sara Peterson · October 13, 2013
  • Caroline K.

    Check out the bookstore downstairs

    Caroline Karanja · May 2, 2013
  • Terry H.

    Coffee and salad after meeting in Sen. Franken's office.

    Terry Houle · April 5, 2013
  • rhys p.

    Decent breakfast sandwich. Not $7 decent but decent

    rhys parry · April 5, 2013
  • Kristy H.

    Pulled pork sandwich with a side of sour cream.. And a medium breve with almond. Yum!

    Kristy Heller · March 10, 2013
  • Jill G.

    Wonderful cookies!

    Jill Gallagher · February 24, 2013
  • Erica D.

    Best chai in town.

    Erica Dao · December 28, 2012
  • Megan S.

    Cinnamon chai latte.. perfect.

    Megan Schloss · October 3, 2012
  • Kit B.

    Such friendly service!

    Kit Breshears · September 4, 2012
  • Erin B.

    Best chai in town. Nutmeg and cinnamon, always.

    Erin Busby · August 20, 2012
  • Kayla D.

    Freaking expensive.

    Kayla Dean · August 6, 2012
  • Macey M.

    Aztec Panini will hit the spot if you're needing a scrumptious pick me up

    Macey Meyer · July 17, 2012
  • Jacqueline L.

    Love the pulled pork sandwich!

    Jacqueline Lombard · July 3, 2012
  • Naomi O.

    Mmm. Such a neat and delicious - of course! - coffee shop. Even better, it's local. Get a coffee punch card! Friendly staff as well.

    Naomi Orre · June 16, 2012
  • Angie E.

    You can pick up to 4 things on the breakfast sammie-they prefer just not two meats.

    Angie Elliott · June 16, 2012
  • Leiha B.

    Best iced vanilla lattes around. Absolutely love the atmosphere as well. However , Wish there were more plug ins.

    Leiha Bakey · May 8, 2012
  • Katlyn H.

    Try the armaretto flavoring in your latte, delicious!!

    Katlyn Hovland · April 14, 2012

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