I have to admit that when I first came across La Colombe, I didn’t realize it was a chain cafe. In my defense, the Andersonville location was a little too pretty to feel like a chain. then again, Intelligentsia is also a chain, so I guess I should have known better.
I also have to admit that it took over a year after I was first introduced to La Colombe for me to discover the world of draft lattes. Thankfully, they opened a location in Silver Lake (RIP Casbah), just a 10 minute walk from my apartment (and a 1 minute walk from Intelligentsia lol), for me to become happily addicted to this wonderful form of caffeine.
Fast forward another year and I’m moving into an apartment in Chicago, only to find that I am now literally across the street from a La Colombe. Like 3 minutes flat, from my bed to their draft latte tap, if I jaywalk. And of course this was the summer they introduced oat milk draft lattes. So there you go. I was done. I would swing by on my way to the bus in the mornings. I was sucked into the local routine of starting every Saturday in line and walking my coffee over to the farmers market down the street. I consumed about as much black and tans as I sweat in the unforgiving summer humidity. I should probably also mention that they have a kickass pastry case that also did me no favors.
|Address||several locations around Chicago, New York, LA, DC, Boston, Philadelphia|
|Yelp||Chicago | New York | Los Angeles | DC | Boston | Philadelphia|
|Hours||Varies depending on location, but generally 6:30am-7pm on weekdays, 7am-7pm weekends|
|Price||$ – your typical café prices, with draft lattes coming in at $5|
|Aesthetic||well curated 3rd wave aesthetic, heavy on the wood accents|
Go here for: your daily coffee fix
Order this: draft latte, black & tan, nitro cold brew really, however you take it as long as it’s coming out of a tap. go ahead and treat yourself to a beautifully flakey pastry while you’re at it too
Amount of time to spend: better to get things to go, La Colombe is well loved and tends to get pretty packed no matter where you are, though their service (esp for draft drinks) is fast. Although they do have wifi, I wouldn’t recommend working here. Go to one of the many empty cafes around the city to plug in.
When to come: avoid pre-work rush hour and weekends if you’re looking to sit down for a while, but again, their service is quite efficient, so any time is a good time
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