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The Coffee & Tea Exchange

Shopping, Specialist food and drink Lake View
The Coffee & Tea Exchange
Photograph: Martha Williams The Coffee & Tea Exchange

Everything about this East Lakeview spot is inviting, from the aroma that rises from the squat wooden coffee barrels to the creaking floors to the colorful hand-labeled tea jars that stand in charmingly cluttered arrangements on shelves and countertops. Don’t let the laid-back atmosphere fool you though; doing its thing since 1975, Coffee & Tea Exchange knows from tea, offering up interesting herbals like milk thistle and refreshing blends like blood orange black. Bonus: The teas here can be purchased in small quantities, a good way to audition pricier varieties before committing.

By: Cate Huguelet


Venue name: The Coffee & Tea Exchange
Address: 3311 N Broadway St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 9am-6pm
Transport: El stop: Red, Purple, Brown to Belmont. Bus: 8, 22, 36, 77, 135, 146, 151, 156.
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