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Nina's Coffee Cafe

Coffee Shop$$$$
Summit - University, Saint Paul
  • Don't forget it is Day after Thanksgiving today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • The coffee at Nina's Coffee Cafe is a can't miss
  • Sara P.
    "Best coffee shop in St Paul."(2 Tips)
    Erica D.
    "Best chai in town."(2 Tips)
    Mark N.
    "Try the pulled pork sandwich, it's amazing!"(4 Tips)
    Elizabeth E.
    "... to the politics. Bookstore downstairs"(2 Tips)
72 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • chai
  • sandwiches
  • cookies
  • breakfast food
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  • Katty
    KattyAugust 16
    Been here 10+ times
    Not what it used to be. Fresh food is gone, replaced with pre-made, overpriced stuff. Prices are outrageous - $10.50 for a small drip coffee and a yogurt parfait. Wi-fi doesn't work. Shabby interior.
  • Lexa
    LexaMarch 10
    Atmosphere very cool, great service, good chai!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LanariFebruary 12
    Chai is so good.
  • Mae M.
    Mae McKinleyJanuary 29, 2016
    Awful place to work and overpriced. I paid $3 for a mug of tea. Also, the internet is so very slow and there is a severe lack of outlets. Will not be returning.
  • Zoë F.
    Zoë FribergNovember 10, 2015
    Best chai I've ever had - good breakfast sandwiches too
  • Josh G.
    Josh GrutzaSeptember 8, 2015
    The breakfast sandwiches are pretty good.
  • SchaOn B.
    SchaOn BlodgettSeptember 6, 2015
    Wrong prices on menu board (they said the owner doesn't want to spend the money to the correct prices on menu) & over charging customers for add-ons that are part of what you order! Won't go back now.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KJune 1, 2015
    Excellent Mocha!!
  • Jered W.
    Jered WeberMarch 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The slow cooked oatmeal is amazing.
  • Samantha H.
    Samantha HeynDecember 8, 2014
    Oatmeal is good. Bad service. Limited seating.
  • Angie S.
    Angie SpleissJuly 25, 2014
    Friendly and inviting. Great beverages but terrible food. Every time I've tried food there it never fails to disappoint. I suggest grabbing a bite down the street at the Happy Gnome.
  • Danami
    DanamiJuly 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Grace B.
    Grace BaileyMay 9, 2014
    Best chai in the Twin Cities.
  • David A.
    David AnceletApril 26, 2014
    SLOW service. Be prepared to wait a while.
  • Jenna K.
    Jenna KornbergApril 9, 2014
    Iced Thai coffee. Heaven in a glass.
  • Erica D.
    Erica DaoMarch 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The oatmeal. Seriously. Still thinking about it a month later. So good. Get it.
  • Jerod P.
    Jerod PetersenMarch 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Really great atmosphere! Space can be limited, so be considerate and share with others :) Start a punch'll by back!
  • Dennis J.
    Dennis JansenJanuary 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Disturbing lack of power outlets.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PolusNovember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The cardamom cookies are SO GOOD. Sugar and spice and everything nice!
  • Elizabeth E.
    Elizabeth EvansOctober 21, 2013
    Short walk from state Capitol. Nice antidote to the politics. Bookstore downstairs
  • Sara P.
    Sara PetersonOctober 13, 2013
    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!
  • Caroline K.
    Caroline KaranjaMay 2, 2013
    Check out the bookstore downstairs
  • Terry H.
    Terry HouleApril 5, 2013
    Coffee and salad after meeting in Sen. Franken's office.
  • rhys p.
    rhys parryApril 5, 2013
    Decent breakfast sandwich. Not $7 decent but decent
  • Martha M.
    Martha McCarthyMarch 22, 2013
    I highly recommend the hot lava panini! YUM.
  • Kristy H.
    Kristy HellerMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Pulled pork sandwich with a side of sour cream.. And a medium breve with almond. Yum!
  • Jill G.
    Jill GallagherFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The chairs at the top of the stairs are the bests seats in the house! Great for people watching, reading, knitting, chatting...
  • McLean D.
    McLean DonnellyFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If the coffee shop seating is full, there's seating in the book store downstairs. Wi Fi works down there too!
  • Jill G.
    Jill GallagherFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Wonderful cookies!
  • Erica D.
    Erica DaoDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best chai in town.
  • John F.
    John FournelleNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    best coffee shop in st. paul. great employees, atmosphere, community. try the iced vermont on a hot day
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AltonOctober 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Tuna Salad on wheat.
  • Megan S.
    Megan SchlossOctober 3, 2012
    Cinnamon chai latte.. perfect.
  • Kit B.
    Kit BreshearsSeptember 4, 2012
    Such friendly service!
  • Erin B.
    Erin BusbyAugust 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best chai in town. Nutmeg and cinnamon, always.
  • Kayla D.
    Kayla DeanAugust 6, 2012
    Freaking expensive.
  • Macey M.
    Macey MeyerJuly 17, 2012
    Aztec Panini will hit the spot if you're needing a scrumptious pick me up
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline LombardJuly 3, 2012
    Love the pulled pork sandwich!
  • Lea P.
    Good coldpress!
  • Naomi O.
    Naomi OrreJune 16, 2012
    Mmm. Such a neat and delicious - of course! - coffee shop. Even better, it's local. Get a coffee punch card! Friendly staff as well.
  • Angie E.
    Angie ElliottJune 16, 2012
    You can pick up to 4 things on the breakfast sammie-they prefer just not two meats.
  • Kristy H.
    Kristy HellerMay 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Their sandwiches are incredible.
  • Katlyn H.
    Katlyn HovlandApril 14, 2012
    Try the armaretto flavoring in your latte, delicious!!
  • Tracie W.
    Tracie WebbApril 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee and tea refills on the cheap!
  • Carolyn
    CarolynFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Order a vanilla soy chai. It's like Christmas in a cup.
  • Cj A.
    Cj AndersonFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a chocolate chip cookie and a white chocolate mocha..heaven in your mouth
  • Jason N.
    Jason NickolayJanuary 14, 2012
    Try a Caramel Mocha!
  • Don B.
    Don BallJanuary 12, 2012
    Fresh biscotti! Try the apricot and cherry if you like cardamom.
  • Janani L.
    Janani LogendranDecember 9, 2011
    Best place for a coffee rendezvous.
  • Javen S.
    Javen SwansonOctober 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Naomi H.
    Naomi HeuermannOctober 23, 2011
    They have great chai!
  • Eric C.
    Eric CannedySeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Their sandwiches are so delicious, and the staff is awesome. Love this place so much.
  • studioL
    studioLSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I like this place & have for years but it's time for a face-lift: the interior is drab & uninspired.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KoliasAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a cafe vienna with vanilla soy and try it iced on a hot day!
  • Arthur C.
    Arthur ChangAugust 15, 2011
    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.
  • Darshy N.
    Darshy NAugust 11, 2011
    you're enjoying a piece of historic Saint Paul.Fitzgerald is rumored to have lived a few blocks near Nina's.
  • Stefanie W.
    Stefanie WelterAugust 5, 2011
    The chicken salad croissant is wayyyyyy delicious! I don't know what they do, but I'm in love with it
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan MatsonJuly 2, 2011
    The fact that I see the same people here every day signals nina's neighborhood importance. Also friendliest staff in town.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BergerJune 22, 2011
    The donuts are superb, the ginger beer (ginger remonade) is not so good.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DApril 23, 2011
    Double-check your breakfast order. Their Post-It Note system is pretty fallible.
  • Seth D.
    Seth DeGrootApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pulled pork sandwich + Large soy latte w/ extra shot = perfect hangover cure
  • Mark K.
    Mark KimitchDecember 11, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Try a French Soda with vanilla... it is delicious!
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JonesMarch 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Lemonade is great. Ginger lemonade is greater.
  • Nobu H.
    Nobu HataMarch 15, 2010
    I liked my chai!
  • Lori K.
    Lori KlongtruatrokeFebruary 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The oatmeal here makes getting up on Monday worth it.
  • Ellery L.
    Ellery LuseFebruary 17, 2010
    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
  • Lucas R.
    Lucas RayalaFebruary 5, 2010
    try the scone with pineapple in it--i know, i didn't think so either, but trust me.
  • Mark N.
    Mark NutterJanuary 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the pulled pork sandwich, it's amazing!
  • Colin W.
    Colin WalkerJanuary 10, 2010
    If you don't like really sweet drinks, ask for half the syrup, they're quite liberal with it here.
  • G. Sax
    G. SaxOctober 22, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Erik H.
    Erik HareSeptember 30, 2009
    I'm a writer. I have to hang out here. Good thing it's a great place.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PrestegaardMarch 17, 2009
    Go to Nina's Cafe for an Iced Latte and breakfast burrito on weekends. Stop downstairs at Garrison Keillor's bookstore: Common Good Books.
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