Swede Hollow Café
725 7th St. E., St. Paul

The sign on the window reads “Best mochas in town”, and that was enough for us to make a stop at Swede Hollow Café.

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Joel Cam is more of a mocha drinker and I am a coffee and chai latte gal. The barista mentioned they had a special cocoa recipe, and I was sold because I am a certified chocoholic!

At Swede Hollow Café, the cocoa they use in mochas is made from Belgian chocolate.

While our mochas were being whipped up, Joel and I took in the atmosphere. It’s a quaint and cozy shop, brick building, with wood floors. We noticed several people came in to get a cup of coffee and they all seemed to know each other on a first name basis, it has a Central Perk kind of feel to it.

A little history about the place: the cafe is in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood in St. Paul in the historic Stutzman building. It opened in 1994 and we wondered how the café got its name.

According to the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Association website, in the 1800’s, Swedish immigrants settled in the area and named the valley Svenska Dalen or Swede Hollow.

Swede Hollow has won a Readers Choice Award for best cup of coffee in the past. The place gets its coffee and espresso beans from Roastery 7 in Brooklyn Center, Minn.. Apparently they have a very talented baker as well.

The café had lots of homemade goodies — apple walnut scones, ham and Swiss scones, and cinnamon rolls. They looked sinful.

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The mochas lived up to their promise and then some. Notice the photos look more like dessert.

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It was a little cup of heaven in my day, with a mini dark chocolate bar on top. The chocolate taste was more dominate than the espresso — I loved it! When I called back to find out how many calories I drank, the barista said she didn’t know. Thanks goodness!

I gave it 5 espresso beans out 5 for the extra chocolaty goodness. Joel Cam gave it 4.5.

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Comments (22)
  1. Heather says:

    Royal Grounds in South Minneapolis. They offer homemade chai, great mochas and marvelous baked goods. They have soups by Zander and a cute little boutique area.

    1. holly says:

      Thanks for the suggestion Heather, we will have to check it out!

  2. Milorad Paunovic says:

    Wht’s wrong with the existing name:
    Coffee Blog.
    Or to promote your TV Station:
    WCCO Coffee Blog.
    Have a great Monday, drive safe 🙂

  3. JEAN says:

    The Swede Hollow Cafe is fabulous. I wish it wasn’t so far away from Burnsville.

  4. cindy says:

    my sis and I were there on a warm summer morning this past summer. sat out on the patio and had breakfast. watched the birds and sat by the flowers. wonderful!!

    1. holly says:

      That sounds lovely! I heard they have a great patio.

  5. Doreen Wendt says:

    Suggestion for a new coffee blog name:
    The grind find

  6. Derek says:

    Here is a Suggestion for the name of your Coffee Blog – The Barista Blog

  7. Kim says:

    Suggestions for blog name: The Buzz,The Scoop, ‘CCO Brew Crew, Local Flavor, The Goods, Perks , “CCO Spills The Beans.

  8. Sammy says:

    Here is a suggestion for a name – Jumpin Java

  9. Marilyn says:

    How about “MorninGrounds”?

  10. Rhonda says:

    How about Java Jolt – or Coffee Crumbs – or Coffee Capers

  11. Cindy says:

    Here’s a couple of coffee blog name suggestions:
    “The Daily Grind”

  12. Tricia says:

    Minnetonka Mud in Navarre, west of Lunds on County 15 where everybody knows your name

  13. Rafe says:

    I’ll say Coffee Spots.

  14. Tricia says:

    The Best of Bean Report

  15. Kevin Kelsey says:

    Name for Coffee Blog: The Morning Scoop.

  16. Jim says:

    Bean There or
    Bean There – Tried That

  17. Stevo says:

    Holly check out Brix Coffee and Crepe’s in Woodbury!

  18. CA says:

    I see it’s already been mentioned, so here’s another referral to check out Brix Coffee in Woodbury! Best ever!

  19. Going to be in Faribault? the coffee shop is downtown. Really. It’s called the coffee shop. recycled church furniture from a twin cities church creates booths, table tops, decor. Building was once a pool hall. Ask for Jodie!