Lulu's at the Octagon

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Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
(831) 429-5858
Lulu's at the Octagon - Cup Art
Lulu's at the Octagon - The master at work
Lulu's at the Octagon - Look for the big M
Lulu's at the Octagon - Look free internet and good Capps!
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Lulu's at the Octagon Santa Cruz Reviews

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7 reviews
Jan 20, 2008
If it’s a cup of joe you’re looking for, and you don’t care too much about good flavor. All you need to do is find one of the 7 million stubucks in the world and consume.


If its beauty, true artistry, bold international flavor, perfect Cappuccino micro bubbles, and first class service you’re looking for, Lulu Carpenters’ Octagon Café in Santa Cruz is a stop you have to make.

This café located on Cooper St. along the downtowns Pacific Avenue mall, is small and would otherwise go unseen if it weren’t for the sidewalk seating on the steps leading to its vault like door. Look for the giant “M” sculpture on the corner of Front St. and Cooper Street. It’s next to the McPherson Art Museum.

The Café is no more than 500 square feet and from the outside it looks very small. But inside it feels very roomy with its cavernous open ceiling and vast visual space. Even though the café is in the shape of an octagon the inside seating area is a V shape with the counter service in the middle.

The client service experts (baristas) serve a full assortment of espresso drinks and American coffee. The thing I like most is the special attention given to the artistry of espresso on the foam of mochas, cappuccinos, lattés, and other fine drinks.

The worst part about this café really isn’t so bad. The pastry selection on the days I’ve been in have dismal at best. They don’t suck there just ok.

The bottom line is the coffee drinks are top shelf and you should go to enjoy it.

They also have several bean selections to take by the pound. Being an artisan coffee house they sell roasts only for the most discriminating pallet.

If you were hopping to stay connected during your java journey, they have that covered too, free wifi. However most of the patrons are students from Cabrillo College or UC Santa Cruz.

Now the nitty-gritty details.


Parking is wide available on the street and in two adjacent parking garages, both on Front St. one at the corner of Soquel and the other at Cooper.


They accept all major credit cards and of course cash

Internet Access:

WiFi is available and it’s free. Plenty of power outlets available. Did I mention it’s FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

Wheelchair accesses:

They do have the ADA requirements (American Disabilities Act) however it’s not the most wheelchair friendly venue. The staff will be so happy to help you out.

Water Closet, Comfort Room, Lieu, Bathroom, Restroom, Toilet:

Yes to all and they are very nice, clean and well kept.


They have indoor and outdoor seating, both are limited, the place is small. The indoor has bench style with added chairs.

Other services:

They sell some food like pastries and cookies, they also sell and grind coffee beans and have some teapots and coffee accessories for sale.


In my previous post I failed to mention:

They only use single origin coffees and they have the "Clover" vacuum press to make every cup!
Cup Art
The master at work
Look for the big M
Look free internet and good Capps!
sybil says:
coffee for the masses needs to be curbed. we need more mom and pop coffee houses where one can linger.... :D
Posted on: Jan 23, 2008
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