Spyhouse Coffee Bar & Gallery

Twin Cities, Minnesota

3.8 / 13 votes

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Coffee shop/gallery


They have soy and almond milk, and vegan chocolate for their coffee drinks. They now roast their own coffee (at the Northeast location) and serve a vast array of teas (from TeaSource in Highland Park). They don't have much for vegan food these days, but they do tend to have a vegetarian sandwich.

The 'gallery' part is actual honest-to-goodness-art. There's a waiting list to put up a show (what with MCAD just around the corner), and there is always a supply of interesting artworks to peruse while enjoying your coffee.

They have two wifi networks and at least one usually seems to be reliable these days.

Added by Missy on Feb 28 03 (last updated Jan 31 15)

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Spyhouse has vegan options, but not much food. I've heard they have vegan cookies but I've been there a few times since going vegan (used to go there several times a week) and was told they don't. The sandwiches are pre-made and none are vegan. The vegetarian sandwich is delicious. Drinks can be made vegan with soy milk, but they charge almost $5 for an iced chai that has way too much ice in it. If all else fails, they have Naked juice.

There's one guy there who is always very rude. I ordered an iced chai and he misheard me and made a hot one. As he started heating up water, I respectfully said, "excuse me, I just wanted to make sure you got that as an iced chai." He argued with me over whether I said iced or hot, and suggested that "next time I speak up more." Whoa, no damage done... chill!

When I've gotten cheap tea that comes to $2.75 or so, they hit me with the minimum card amount of $3 crap. Come on, it's 2009. It's against the terms of those cards to impose minimums, it's inconvenient and it's the cost of doing business. When I sit there for five hours and buy multiple drinks, I'm giving you more income anyway.

Recommendations for improvement: mark items that are vegan or could be made vegan, lower prices on certain items, ditch the credit card minimums and treat customers with respect.

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Spyhouse is in a nice location and has good atmosphere with plenty of space to study or read or check out local artwork. I like that they have some pre-packaged vegan cookies, but their drinks are mediocre and the same as any other place---just the same old liquid Oregon chai mix added to some soy milk. Every cafe in Minneapolis does that. If you want fresh, home-made chai brews, go to Namaste Cafe, Common Roots or Butter Bakery. If you're just looking for a place to hang out and drink a cup of coffee or tea, Spyhouse serves the purpose.

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Eat Street (Nicollet)


On the corner of 25th St E. and Nicollet Ave S.



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6:30am - midnight
8am - midnight

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