Best local coffee house

276 N. Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130

Located just northeast of Brookings, Kayak’s offers something for everyone. It opens at 6:30 a.m. and serves Belgian waffles for the early risers. And even though it closes at 10 p.m., it’s a convenient place for art students to stock up on caffeine for a late night at the studio.

Order whatever suits your fancy: For the sweet-toothed among us, there are waffles and French toast, as well as the typical bakery fare. There’s soup and salad, not to mention a wide variety of sandwiches and wraps for lunch and dinner. The hearth-baked pizzas are also a favorite. The coffee, which is now Kaldi’s brand since Kayak’s was bought out, is also good fare.

The rustic log cabin décor makes it feel like a ski lodge—and let’s face it, there’s nothing better than hot cocoa on a winter night. It’s the warm and cozy atmosphere that sets Kayak’s apart from the typical corporate Starbucks—and, obviously, your typical night in Whispers.

Kayak's Coffee

Kayak’s is a popular coffee destination near the Wash. U. campus.

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