Istria Café (CLOSED)

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Istria Café (CLOSED)
Photograph: Jeremy Bolen

The guys behind Hyde Park’s Istria are all about keeping things small-scale and local. But that may be hard for them to continue, as people are bound to respond to roasted-to-order coffee, fresh panini and the dozen varieties of housemade gelato. It’s creamy stuff, put out in a constant rotation of flavors as delicious as cherry mascarpone and fresh peach, plus oddball options like Nerds that only a kid could love. They’re the antithesis to Starbucks now, but with a second location at the Hyde Park Art Center, better get it while it’s still indie.


Venue name: Istria Café (CLOSED)
Address: 1520 E 57th St

Cross street: at Lake Park Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6:30am–8pm; Sat 7am–8pm; Sun 7:30am–8pm
Transport: Bus: 6, 15, 28, 55. Train: Metra.
Price: Average cup: $5
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