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Bright, modern interior of Swadesi coffee shop with big windows, lots of tables, and high ceilings

Swadesi

Bakery/CafeIndian

LoopWest Loop

$$$$Perfect For:Coffee & A Light BiteDoing Work

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Swadesi has all the components of an ideal West Loop cafe where you can get work done: plenty of coffee, free wifi, printing capabilities, and big windows so you don’t feel like a mushroom after entering hour three of “per my last email.” And even if the Indian-inspired sweet baked goods don't feel representative of the precision and talents of Swadesi's sibling spots, Indienne and Sifr, the savory food is still pretty good. So avoid the gummy toffee date cake in favor of something like a breakfast sandwich, or a croissant topped with samosa chaat. And come armed with your biggest noise-canceling headset. Because, between the Bollywood soundtrack and the crowds that show up around meal times, it can get loud.

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