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2366 W. 11th St. (Kenilworth Ave.) Send to Phone
216-621-3838 | Menu
Civilization is the perfect place in Tremont for a cup of coffee and some quality pastry.

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Civilization Restaurant Review

: Tremont is one of Cleveland’s few compact, walking neighborhoods, and Civilization is the quintessential neighborhood coffeehouse. It opens at 7 a.m. during the week; that’s when it’s filled with downtown workers reading their newspapers or holding pre-workday, away-from-downtown planning meetings. The space is small, and there is a well-crafted selection of teas, chocolates, pastries, soups and sandwiches. The coffee might be Cleveland’s best --- and it’s no wonder, as owner Nancy Holcepl also runs a roasting business. (She even teaches other coffeehouse owners how to roast their own beans.) Civilization offers plenty of coffee customizations, including coconut milk, almond milk and soymilk.


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