Kristoffer's Cafe & Bakery

Restaurants, Bakeries Lower West Side
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
 (Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas)
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
 (Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas)
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
 (Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas)
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
 (Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas)
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
 (Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas)
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

We could tell you the tres leches cake is moist, rich and milky. But it’s enough to say that Rick Bayless name-checked it as his favorite, and it’s the best (if not the only) reason to visit this dim, quiet Pilsen café. Pair a slice of the caramel version with a cup of Intelligentsia coffee for a one-two sugar-caffeine punch. 


Venue name: Kristoffer's Cafe & Bakery
Address: 1733 S Halsted St
Cross street: between 17th Pl and 18th St
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 7:30am–5pm, Sat-Sun 8am–4pm. Closed Mon.
Transport: El stop: Orange to Halsted. Bus: 8, 18, 62.
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Super cute neighborhood cafe that is family-owned and a cozy spot to sip coffee and eat their amazing sweets. They are known for their delicious tres leches cake (Rick Bayless has said in the past it's the best in the city), but also grab a slice of chocoflan, part cake and flan that inverts as it cooks. Their food menu is simple but solid, grab a tamale that is steamed in a banana leaf or my favorite, their chorizo quesadilla. Coffee is decent but the tres leches is the real reason to visit. Check the hours before you go, they are slightly odd.