Acanthus Café

337 East Ave Rochester, NY 14607

Telephone: 773-8094 |

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Acanthus Cafe is a cafe and coffeehouse on East Avenue. The name Acanthus refers to a tropical flowering plant found in the Mediterranean region and is also Latinized Greek for “thorny.”

Coffee options include French Press and Chemex. On the culinary side, Acanthus specializes in South Pacific meals served on skewers, with limited-run specials each week.

An ATM is available onsite.

Acanthus opened on April 18, 2012. According to an April 8, 2012 interview with the Democrat & Chronicle, owner Christopher Hilfiker explained that Acanthus was founded to “offer more community-based events that would bring together people who normally wouldn’t hang out with one another.” He and business partner Allison Mayer traveled to Portland, Oregon to study the coffeehouse culture there and were impressed that so many people knew one another, despite the city being three times the size of Rochester. For the summer of 2012 Acanthus will be hosting a variety of cycling events, including a weekly Espresso Express ride. Other events are planned for the future.

Hilficker and Mayer also own the Living Room Cafe on Monroe Avenue.