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Coupa Café

Coupa Café

Café, Latin American Restaurant, and Coffee Shop$$$$
University South, Palo Alto
  • Stars
    Ranked #3 for cafés in Palo Alto
  • Stars
    The espresso drinks at Coupa Café is a can't miss
  • Tips
    Omer Z.
    "Try the Tiger Spice Chai or one of the spicy hot chocolates."(13 Tips)
    Lucas R.
    "Accepts bitcoin, but I think the exchange rate is pretty bad"(9 Tips)
    Yen C.
    "Spicy mocha & pastries were a delight."(9 Tips)
    "The spicy hot chocolate is a very nice experience!"(6 Tips)
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  • Jessica P.heart icon on user image
    Jessica PuglieseJune 7, 2018
    I’m obsessed with this place. The English muffin breakfast sandwich is AMAZING, as are the omelettes. They also have a killer pastry selection. The coffee is also good.
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffApril 30, 2016
    Great South American cafe in which you can enjoy some down time while working/reading. Great beverages and desserts. Try the oatmeal cookie.
  • Jeff B.heart icon on user image
    Jeff BowenFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good place to work in Palo Alto. Good coffee and food, fast Wi-Fi, some outlets, and outdoor seating for when the weather's nice. Added plus, you can order from your table with the Downtown app.
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I love the tiger-spiced chai made with almond milk. If you're into decadent, try the firecracker truffle. Be sure to keep your ears open for some hot startup gossip. Lots of startups start up here.
  • Zach H.heart icon on user image
    Zach HamedAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Tiger Spice chai. Make it a large. No, make it an XXXXX-large. One of the best chai teas in the Bay Area, period.
  • Review B.heart icon on user image
    Review BotMarch 4, 2020
    Great coffee in the middle of Palo Alto close to historic 165 University Ave. But the Coupa Cafe itself has iconic status in Silicon Valley so it’s no surprise that it’s full of coding or pitching
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharJanuary 29, 2013
    Hands down my new favorite cafe. Love listening in to the high-powered conversations around me as I sip a tiger spice latte (a must try!) and work. Highly recommend (if you can manage a seat)
  • Priyanka L.heart icon on user image
    Priyanka LApril 28, 2019
    Love this place for its coffee, ambience, desserts and music!!!
  • T Z.heart icon on user image
    T ZNovember 29, 2015
    pumpkin spice latte is solid here but not too sweet. I like the tiger chai more.
  • Andrea C.heart icon on user image
    Andrea CampiNovember 5, 2016
    If you don't know this place you must be new in town, so welcome. Everything is good and you'll be in good company--startup lives happen here.
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YueAugust 28, 2014
    Elephant chai latte (vanilla flavoured) is a personal favourite. It's packed and noisy but if you're okay with that it's a great cafe to get some work done!
  • Liza P.heart icon on user image
    Liza POctober 18, 2015
    Coupa is an institution in Palo Alto! The coffee is ok at best, but a very good space to work or meet for a chat.
  • Kat .heart icon on user image
    Kat 🐱June 6, 2016
    Get the Breakfast Bowl (yogurt, granola, fruit) if you are looking for something healthy.
  • Josie X.
    Josie XiaoJune 30, 2014
    Decent coffee and pastry. The yogurt cup with granola and fruits have way too much granola and too little yogurt. Do grab a window seat or outdoor table, it's overall a good coffee experience
  • Liberty
    LibertyJuly 29, 2012
    Wonderful absolutely South American coffee & enough to eat that it really is a café. Not always the vibe for an office/coffee shop & electrical outlets aren't plentiful. But do go! For the coffee.
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WuMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    their green tea is fragrant, comes in a nice tea pot, and can always refill hot water. reminder that they only provide wifi on weekdays
  • Erkan S.heart icon on user image
    Erkan SakaNovember 17, 2018
    My nice stop in town to have coffee and work or socialize with friends...
  • Patrycja T.heart icon on user image
    Patrycja TempskaFebruary 5, 2013
    Amazing atmosphere, food and coffee! Julio is preparing the best chai I've ever tried:))))) highly reccommended!
  • Philip C.
    Philip CortesJuly 1, 2011
    Meeteor Networking Tip: the side tables inside have plugs, and the tables near the back have the least amount of noise if you're meeting with somebody. There's also free water at the end of the bar!
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestNovember 3, 2011
    You know what's even better than their delicious hot chocolate? Enjoying it while listening to new music and reading reviews
  • Renee T.heart icon on user image
    Renee TeefiveApril 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun and crowded food/coffee place to work and have meetings or just relax and enjoy some coffee.
  • Regan H.heart icon on user image
    Regan HendersonJanuary 13, 2015
    Tiger spice latte was fantastic! Ordered the breakfast BLT on croissant and that's was great as well.
  • Gauri M.
    Gauri ManglikJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The staff here is so nice. Free wifi and delicious pasta. Good environment to get some work done. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Mariianne C.heart icon on user image
    Mariianne CraryFebruary 28, 2015
    Outside seating in any weather, pitches everywhere, good place to follow the trends in Silicon Valley. Very crowded.
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael ClarkeJuly 4, 2012
    Their tiger spiced chai is delicious. One of the best chai lattes I've had.
  • Jiang Yan X.heart icon on user image
    Jiang Yan XuOctober 9, 2014
    The beef arepas are so delicious! Lots of students hanging out and studying here
  • Dilara K.heart icon on user image
    Dilara KeçeciJune 5, 2018
    You’ll love the breakfast choices
  • Masha A.heart icon on user image
    Masha AdamianApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cold brew here is divine. And Downtown app is fun, use it to skip the line.
  • Review B.heart icon on user image
    Review BotMarch 4, 2020
    startup founders almost any time during the day. For its status and location prices are still fair.
  • Azwandi A.heart icon on user image
    Azwandi ArisDecember 16, 2016
    Chai latte is super good
  • P S.heart icon on user image
    P SSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Finally someone also thought that ordering from an app is convenient. Good luck, Downtown guys!
  • Francesheart icon on user image
    FrancesAugust 10, 2014
    Hype is clearly for coffee. This based on food, not amazing here and small portions. Blt panini was ok. Rosemary pesto chicken was very dry and no frills. Mostly crepe wrapper. Ill pass next time.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SalazarNovember 29, 2015
    Good cappuccino, but their Chai is the real deal. Just great!
  • Merry
    MerrySeptember 13, 2013
    The Flamingo decaf sugar free chai is AMAZING. Probably the best chai I've ever had.
  • Tanay J.heart icon on user image
    Tanay JaipuriaNovember 29, 2014
    The lattes are great, as are the empanadas.
  • Maarten d.
    Maarten den BraberOctober 16, 2013
    Get the burger - it's delicious! And you can pay in Bitcoin too :-)
  • Scott A.heart icon on user image
    Scott AllisonMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great coffee, great atmosphere, excellent wifi (M-F) but don't forget the food, it's great too!
  • David C.
    David CalhounApril 1, 2014
    Cool atmosphere, but has been way too crowded the last few times I was there. Students and Silicon Valley sycophants flock here.
  • Kheart icon on user image
    KJanuary 20, 2019
    Coffee is always burnt, I don't know why I keep coming here. Probably because they're nice study nooks in the far back.
  • Yosun C.
    Yosun ChangOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They are excellent in making specialty foods like shrimp quesadilla and nutella crepe... But fail at making scramble eggs...
  • Omer Z.heart icon on user image
    Omer ZachMay 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Tiger Spice Chai or one of the spicy hot chocolates. Arepas are delicious.
  • Charlotte L.
    Charlotte LilleyNovember 20, 2012
    Get an almond milk hot chocolate for a cozy treat or delicious dessert.
  • Melissa A.heart icon on user image
    Melissa AndersonJanuary 22, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    New lounge next door allows for more seating.
  • Jon P.
    Jon PierceNovember 28, 2012
    The tiger spiced chai is tasty but super sweet. Probably more accurately classified as a dessert!
  • Eric R.
    Eric RisleyAugust 7, 2014
    Extraordinary espresso and great location.
  • Runqiu C.heart icon on user image
    Runqiu CaiApril 29, 2015
    Tiger spice chai!
  • Monique Z.heart icon on user image
    Monique ZiesenhenneJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Delicious coffee, along with unusual and intriguing chocolates. Good arepas and other nice baked goods. Read more
  • Rosilene M.heart icon on user image
    Rosilene MartinsMarch 5, 2015
    I totally recommend the tequenos. The three sauces are delicious.
  • mistermedici
    mistermediciAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Beverly Hills chopped salad, with dressing on the side or on top. You can't go wrong, man.
  • Tom M.heart icon on user image
    Tom MaxwellJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cold-brewed coffee. Not too bitter, not too weak. 
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