The Bottom Line
- Superb coffees and drinks
- Lots of comfy seating
- Family friendly, conversational atmosphere
- Free Wi-Fi
- Food items can be hit or miss
- Located on Warner between Goldenwest St. and Gothard Ave.
- Open 7 days a week; closed on major holidays
- Artsy and chic decor
- Board games, magazines and book lined wall that patrons are encouraged to borrow from and contribute to
Guide Review - Sweet Elle Café: The Quintessential Neighborhood Coffee Shop
Inspired by the bohemian cafe culture of Greenwich Village in New York, Sweet Elle is a cozy café with great drinks and great service. With cities dominated by corporate coffee chains, Sweet Elle is a rare gem. From the plush couches and board games, to the big tables and the bar with plenty of outlets, this cafe is designed for patrons to get comfortable and stay for while.
The locally sourced, organically grown and fairly traded coffees and teas are the absolute star menu items. Sweet Elle also serves sandwiches, bagels, salads and other pastries. Some menu favorites include the fruit smoothies, oatmeal, Big Kid Bagel, the Tuna Salad Sandwich, Sweet Elle Club and frozen hot chocolate. The food isn’t spectacular, but it is fresh and made to order. This is really a minor shortcoming as the amazing drinks and conversational atmosphere more than make up for it.
Best of all is the friendly service of the owner, who opened Sweet Elle as a way to keep herself immersed in cafe culture. You’ll find that she remembers the names of cafe regulars -- and will probably remember yours if you turn up more than once. She treats kids with the same respect and attention as the adults, and truly loves the community she has become a part of.
And for this reason, Sweet Elle has become the quintessential neighborhood café that keeps locals coming back.