Crema Cafe

3403 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Best Of
Crema Cafe +

Tony Nelson


  • Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 10am-11:30pm, Sun 10am-11pm
  • $; $$
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Crema is one of the most creative and original bits of Minnesota food life. So why do you think it's merely an ice-cream shop that closes in the winter? It doesn't, in fact. Nowadays it's open year-round, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with the coffee drinks and ice cream. That food is excellent, too: simple, chef-made bistro fare that doesn't betray the little spot's significant roots. They've been operating in the same location since the 1940s, most of that time as an ice-cream maker, Sonny's, but for the last decade as a beautiful cafe as well, with a romantic, flower-filled outdoor piazza. Of course, the ice cream is still as wonderful as it was. It's all organic, all made by hand in tiny five-gallon batches, all made with five-star ingredients. During the summer, look for Crema's mobile cart stationed at Nicollet Mall.

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