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Address: 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone Number: 518-583-0022
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Tue - Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Sun 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Description: Dating back to 1960, this now smoke- and drink-free coffeehouse...
Dating back to 1960, this now smoke- and drink-free coffeehouse, internationally known for its acoustic music, has been graced by notables like Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie in the early years and recently by annual regulars like Odetta and Dave Van Ronk. This popular spot features folk, blues, traditional and jazz music, as well as storytelling, poetry and theater.
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Good Snacks!

The snacks they serve are fresh and the hot beverages are delicious. You should take some time to sit and relax as you enjoy a bite out of your pastry while taking it all in.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The snacks they serve are fresh and the hot beverages are delicious. You should take some time to sit and relax as you enjoy a bite out of your pastry while taking it all in.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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29 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

It was back to the 60s for me!! I loved going to Caffe Lena with its excellent acoustics and an authentic 1960s atmosphere, apparently unchanged for decades. The brochure states "Good Folk since 1960" and we really enjoyed our evening in this intimate space along with the company of an enthusiastic but well behaved audience. The musicians were top drawer... More 

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Albany, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is the place to hear acoustic and other performances in a intimate environment while seated at a table where you can enjoy a coffee or tea and perhaps a bite to eat. I cannot think of any other venue like it. Most places have rows of folding chairs. I like to sketch in my notebook so the tables are... More 

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New York City, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Caffe Lna is a classic. What it lacks in alcohol (none, typical of the great coffee houses) it more than makes up for in vibe. We saw Dom Flemons at his Caffe Lena debut and he is awesome!

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Albany, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Great place to actually hear the music without blasting your eardrums. Friendly atmosphere with fresh baked treats and drinks at reasonable prices......like sitting in your living room!

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Arrived in Saratoga and wanted to visit the famous Caffe Lena. We were lucky to be there on the night Rusty Belle were playing. Fantastic nights music. Great atmosphere and the sound was wonderful. If in Saratoga Springs check it out. WONDERFUL.

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Montreal, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

On a very busy evening in Saratoga, we thought it would be fun to find a place with live music and people who would actually listen rather than talk over the people performing. Caffé Lena has been around for many years, it is actually the oldest continuously operated folk music club/Caffé in the US according to what we found out.... More 

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Kudos to Sarah, the sound guy and all the volunteers for making Caffe Lena such a special place. The music mix was terrific and that sound guy made everyone sound so good. We hear a lot of singer-songwriters and Caffe Lena did not disappoint. I loved the lemonade iced tea and the cookies were to die for. Just a wonderful... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is one of my all-time favorite places to watch a live show. Place just drips music history. Great live acts, historic photos everywhere, great desserts, coffees, teas, more. A living tribute to founder Lena Spencer.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Having worked in London's small music venues like The Troubadour, it's a bit embarrassing that I grew up my entire life just south of Saratoga without ever catching a show at Caffe Lena. A fan of upstate NY history, as well as thoughtful and really good music, my experience at Caffe Lena this past weekend was just as advertised by... More 

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