There’s a reason #coffee has over 75 million hits (and counting) on Instagram. Whether it’s an aesthetic flat lay highlighting the frothy rosetta on top of your cappuccino or a selfie of you sipping your trendy turmeric latte, there is no denying that coffee is the most photogenic bev. But as much as the java takes centre stage in our coffee snaps, we need an equally chic backdrop that complements our taste buds and our Insta feeds. Think an all-white interior, adorable wallpaper or cozy, old-school charm. Before you go into a caffeinated frenzy, we’ve scoured the country for coffee shops and cafés that bring you delicious coffee with a side order of gorg décor. Herewith, the best coffee shops in Canada.
Best Coffee Shops in Vancouver
East Van Roasters
Find it: 319 Carrall St., eastvanroasters.com
The vibe: Coffee and chocolate will forever be an iconic flavour combo, and this chic spot has completely mastered both with their artisanal cocoa and espresso beans. Plus, they’ve got an effortlessly cool white-and-wood interior to match.
Prices: $2 to $5
Must-try: An espresso ($2) made from their own line of organic, fair-trade beans roasted in-house
Pairs perfectly with: Any of their artisan chocolate bars—we recommend the Horchata, which has organic puffed rice, cinnamon and cocoa nibs
Timbertrain Coffee Roasters
Find it: 311 W Cordova St., timbertraincoffeeroasters.com
The vibe: With a focus on slow coffee, this modern café prides itself on the barista’s meticulous technique of roasting the coffee beans to each individual order for a truly one-of-a-kind taste.
Prices: $4 to $5
Must-try: The Ethiopia Guji Pour Over ($5) for hints of brown sugar, caramel and tart grapefruit
Pairs perfectly with: Their scrumptious almond croissants or popcorn marshmallow cookies, a tasty treat that is a perfect balance of salty and sweet
Find it: 1822 W 1st Ave., kahvevancouver.com
The vibe: This minimalist, spacious locale, which is decked out with see-through shelves that hold knick knacks, plants and coffee kettles, is a mod haven before a hectic work day. And on the food front, it’s THE spot for single-origin coffee or an epic brunch.
Prices: $2.25 to $5.50
Must-try: The Flat White ($4), which is rumoured to be the best in the city
Pairs perfectly with: The Avocado on Toast, made with a soft boiled egg, fresh avocado, baby greens, cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes and crumbled feta cheese on rye toast—a hearty bite fit for any millennial. For a melt-in-your-mouth treat, try their famous Pecan Chewie cookies.
Small Victory Bread & Coffee
Find it: 1088 Homer St., smallvictory.ca
The vibe: Head to this modern coffee shop for your next snap, because there are plenty of stylish spots to set down your cup. Think, photogenic marble countertops, blonde wood and golden taps that pour fresh milk and cream.
Prices: $3 to $5
Must-try: Their latte ($5.50+) topped with their housemade almond milk, which is sweetened with dates, figs and vanilla
Pairs perfectly with: Their signature whole wheat and honey bread with an assortment of delicious jams, like pear and lemon marmalade, strawberry balsamic or raspberry
Find it: 325 Cambie St., revolvercoffee.ca
The vibe: This Gastown establishment is stocked with pour-overs, freshly baked treats and friendly baristas ready to whip you up a bev using ethically-sourced espresso beans.
Prices: $3.75 to $6
Must-try: With a weekly rotating menu, Revolver has a recommended coffee of the day ($3.75 for flavours like Pulcal, which has notes of brown sugar, marzipan and candied apple, or Heart Coffee Roasters’ Stereo, which tastes like mango, hibiscus, caramel and dark chocolate) that is perfect for first-timers or regulars wanting to switch things up
Pairs perfectly with: A thick slice of raspberry coffee cake from their sister café, Crema, baked fresh and delivered daily
Best Coffee Shops in Calgary
Find it: #740 17th Ave. SW, analogcoffee.ca
The vibe: This café on 17th Avenue has elements of old and new. The contemporary lighting contrasts with the row of old records along the back wall, while an old-fashioned booth is modernized with a black leather finish.
Prices: $2.50 to $6
Must-try: Any of their lattes ($5) topped with Instagram-worthy designs
Pairs perfectly with: The Kouign Aman from their sister bakery, Corbeaux Bakehouse, is their specialty (think a flaky butter croissant with a glaze similar to baklava)
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
Find it: 2043 33rd Ave. SW, philsebastian.com
The vibe: The Marda Loop location is the definition of simplicity at its finest. The unique light fixtures, crisp white chairs and beige shelving add elegant touches to this gorgeous space.
Prices: $2.60 to $6.23
Must-try: The Black and Tonic ($4.60), a cold brew coffee with black cherry juice and tonic water
Pairs perfectly with: A raspberry rose petal baked doughnut. (Yes, you heard us right—rose petals are baked into the doughnut and mixed in the glaze for a treat that is equal parts pretty and tasty)
Find it: 4814 16 St. SW, monogramcoffee.com
The vibe: Their pastel, geometric to-go cups are possibly the cutest thing you could ‘gram—and the adorably stylish patterned walls and unfinished wood tables make a perf background.
Prices: $2.75 to $8
Must-try: Their dairy-free latte ($8) made with their own almond milk (almonds, cashews and dates)
Pairs perfectly with: Their open-faced sandwich on sourdough bread with labneh (a Middle Eastern cream cheese), toasted hazelnuts and a drizzle of honey
Find it: 632 17 Ave. SW, philosafy.com
The vibe: The cooper kettles, intricate antique rugs and dark mixed wood make this café a cool and camera-ready spot to get your caffeine fix.
Prices: $2.70 to $6.70
Must-try: The Nitro Chai ($5.50), a nitrogen-infused drink that gives a creamy consistency without any dairy (perfect if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant) or the Sparkling Socrates ($5.60), sparkling water with a shot of espresso for a bubbly, caffeinated bev
Pairs perfectly with: The almond croissants are a go-to (try dipping it into the coffee, c’est très Parisian)
Find it: 1126 Kensington Rd. NW, highergroundcafe.ca
The vibe: Specializing in fair-trade, organic coffee, this environmentally friendly café is all about going green and cooking up fare that makes you feel good too. Gather around the small tables for an intimate coffee and catch-up session.
Prices: $2.95 to $4.40
Must-try: Their specialty lattes deliver maj fall vibes. We like the S’more Mocha ($4.85) with espresso, hot chocolate, marshmallow syrup and chocolate whipped cream and the Nut and Honey ($4.85) with espresso, steamed milk, hazelnut
Pairs perfectly with: Their decadent, house-made ginger cream cookies with butter cream (basically like an adult cookie sandwich)
Best Coffee Shops in Edmonton
Find it: 8708 – 109 St., transcendcoffee.ca
The vibe: Located in the historic Garneau Theatre building, this contemporary café is anything but stuck in the past. Glass cases, chalkboard menus and white walls with bold text keep the space feeling fresh.
Prices: $3.50 to $6.50
Must-try: The Santa Lucia ($3.50+), a Costa Rican brew that has notes of caramel, apple and cocoa for a rich, smooth taste sans milk and sugar
Pairs perfectly with: A pain du chocolat baked in-house to satisfy your sweet tooth
Da Capo Caffé
Find it: 8135 102 St. NW #104, dacapocaffe.com
The vibe: This white and bright Italian-style café strips away the fuss of complicated coffee and gets to the root of what exactly makes a good, authentic espresso.
Prices: $2.50 to $5.75
Must-try: The classic cappuccino ($4.75) made from their Euro chic espresso bar, where high-quality espresso beans are the sole focus
Pairs perfectly with: Their almond hazelnut biscotti made by the owner’s mother, Mama Bilotta
Bru Coffee + Beer House
Find it: 11965 Jasper Ave., brucoffeeandbeerhouse.com
The vibe: With bold tiles on the coffee bar and geometric light fixtures, this lounge and café is the perf place to taste test a wide range of coffee and beer from their rotating menu.
Prices: $3.50 to $5
Must-try: The Hartman Honey Pour Over ($4), a Panamanian blend from Phil & Sebastian with hints of green tea, baking spices and warm honey, so you’ll feel cozy from the first sip
Pairs perfectly with: The cinnamon swirl loaf, a moist coffee cake topped with icing sugar and chocolate chips or their classic croissants for something savory
District Café & Bakery
Find it: 10011 109 St. NW #101, districtcafe.ca
The vibe: Baked goods and strong coffee take centre stage at this airy, stylish café and bakery, which transforms into a gourmet dinner spot by night.
Prices: $3 to $5.50
Must-try: Their cappuccino ($4.25), which uses The Hathaway espresso beans from Victoria-based roaster Bows & Arrows for the base of the drink
Pairs perfectly with: One of their mouthwatering hand pies or an apricot croissant during the day and the salted caramel chocolate cake at night (order up quickly, it sells out fast)
Block 1912 Café and Bakery
Find it: 10361 82 Ave. NW block1912.com
The vibe: This laid back coffee shop provides the perfect atmosphere to unwind after a long week with an alcoholic coffee drink and a decadent sweet treat from their bakery.
Prices: $2.25 to $9.50
Must-try: The Block ($9.50) for a boozy caffeinated beverage with housemade chocolate ganache, espresso and Baileys
Pairs perfectly with: The tiramisu or the pistachio mousse cake from their ever-changing display of cakes
Best Coffee Shops in Saskatoon
City Perks Coffeehouse
Find it: 801 7 Ave. N, cityperks.ca
The vibe: If the inviting atmosphere, European-inspired décor and adorable turquoise coffee cups don’t draw you to this café in City Park, the delicious coffee will.
Prices: $2.25 to $5.25
Must-try: The cappuccino ($3.75) or latte ($4.25+) with totally Instagrammable leaf and heart designs
Pairs perfectly with: One of their fresh baked scones, like savoury bacon cheddar or tart raspberry lemon
Find it: 210 Ave. P S, collectivecoffee.com
The vibe: The brand new Pleasant Hill location is all about letting the natural light in with floor to ceiling windows. Plus, potted plants and neutral colours only add to the sleek, mod feel.
Prices: $2.50 to $5
Must-try: The cortado ($4.25), a Spanish coffee bev, is a customer fave. Or, taste test a brew or two from their coffee bar ($5), which changes on the daily
Pairs perfectly with: A freshly baked scone made in-house
The Karma Conscious Café and Eatery
Find it: 157 2nd Ave. N, thekarmacafe.ca
The vibe: With giving back at the forefront of its ethos, a portion of the proceeds made from this vegetarian café are donated to local charities. After all, good karma always comes around.
Prices: $1.99 to $4.99
Must-try: The Bulletproof Coffee ($4.99), a healthier take on your morning cup of joe. It’s served with coconut oil, raw honey, grass-fed butter and a splash of cream—and they can make a dairy-free or vegan version, too
Pairs perfectly with: Their Super Sonic Bar for a burst of protein thanks to nuts and dried fruit
The Underground Café
Find it: 430 20 St. W, undergroundcafe430.ca
The vibe: This Riversdale café is equipped with quirky décor, a spacious patio and unique coffee drinks, plus the space turns into a music venue in the evening for local artists to showcase their work.
Prices: $3 to $5
Must-try: The Etta James ($5) for a seriously chic lavender-infused latte
Pairs perfectly with: A lavender and lemon shortbread cookie (so gourmet, right?)
Best Coffee Shops in Winnipeg
Make Coffee + Stuff
Find it: 751 Corydon Ave., makecoffeestuff.com
The vibe: This artistic space combines design and coffee by curating exhibitions featuring anything from fashion to industrial and graphic design.
Prices: $2.50 to $5.50
Must-try: Their mocha ($4.50), with espresso and dark chocolate shavings melted into the milk
Pairs perfectly with: An Imperial Cookie from local bakery High Tea, which has a strawberry jam centre and a crunchy white sugar coating.
Find it: 64 Sherbrook St., 250 Kennedy St., thombargen.com
The vibe: Minimalist is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this café, but quirky details like a bicycle on the wall or their menu, which is printed out on rolls of brown paper, keep things interesting.
Prices: $3.00 to $5.50
Must-try: The Geisha ($6), an summery brew from their pour over bar. It tastes like blueberries, strawberries and jasmine
Pairs perfectly with: One of their freshly baked scones with an ever-changing roster of flavours—right now: the London Fog
Little Sister Coffee Maker
Find it: A-470 River Ave., littlesistercoffeemaker.ca
The vibe: If your goal is a colourful Instagram-feed, this place is for you. Their coffee cups and back wall are a frosty mint colour, plus there’s a huge window with views to a graphic art wall out back.
Prices: $2.45 to $5.50
Must-try: Their frothy cappuccino ($3.30) with hot steamed milk and strong espresso that’s topped with a heart or rosetta (perfect for your next #butfirstcoffee post)
Pairs perfectly with: A chocolate croissant from local bakery Tall Grass Prairie for when you can’t decide between a sweet or savoury snack
Find it: 468 Main St., parlourcoffee.ca
The vibe: This simple space highlights their ever-changing art installations, which decorate the walls, but the no-fuss approach to interior decorating puts the focus on their beautifully-crafted coffee.
Prices: $2.22 to $5
Must-try: The cappuccino ($3.75) for a no-fail bev that will satisfy any coffee craving
Pairs perfectly with: A hearty morning glory muffin with apples, carrots, coconuts and walnuts
Fools + Horses
Find it: 379 Broadway, foolsandhorses.ca
The vibe: The coffee bar at this cool café is equipped with a Modbar, a high-tech brewing system where taps on the bar pour out steamed, drip and espresso coffee.
Prices: $2 to $10
Must-try: Their Americano ($2.50), which uses espresso beans from Toronto-based Pilot Coffee
Pairs perfectly with: The Toast My Goats, vanilla goat cheese, granola and chai honey on a brioche bun, which makes for a delicious brekkie (with an adorable name)
Best Coffee Shops in Toronto
Find it: 426 College St., maniccoffee.com
The vibe: The cozy, inviting atmosphere and Wifi-free approach encourages its customers to mingle and truly savour their java—there’s a reason why they have such a dedicated clientele.
Prices: $3 to $5.50
Must-try: A cup of the Ethiopian ($3), a fruity brew with notes of blueberries and rich chocolate
Pairs perfectly with: The smoked turkey sammie if you’re stopping by for lunch. It’s loaded with smoked gouda, guacamole, alfalfa sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes and grainy honey mustard on a rosemary focaccia
Find it: 100 King St. W, mamantoronto.com
The vibe: This café and bakery in King West embodies the rustic beauty of Southern France with vintage furniture, lush foliage and delicate pastries one would usually only find in the boulangeries of Provence.
Prices: $2.49 to $5.75
Must-try: Their authentic European cappuccino ($3.90) or their Lavender Hot Chocolate ($4.47) which is Maman’s best known bev—it’s steamed with real lavender buds (très chic, non?)
Pairs perfectly with: Their famous nutty chocolate chunk cookie if you’re sipping on the cappuccino, or the lavender, white and blueberry chocolate cake if your drink of choice is hot chocolate
Dineen Coffee Co.
Find it: 140 Yonge St., dineencoffee.com
The vibe: Step back in time at this elegant coffee shop located in the historic Dineen building. The red banquettes, intricate tiled floors and old-school charm is the perfect setting for your chicest coffee snap yet.
Prices: $2.90 to $6
Must-try: The Mocha ($4.91+) made with their housemade decadent, rich chocolate ganache
Pairs perfectly with: An orange chocolate scone for a burst of citrus flavour
Odin Café + Bar
Find it: 514 King St. E, odinhus.com
The vibe: With mod geometric décor and delicious espresso to match, this spacious spot is *the* destination to get your caffeine fix in the a.m. and sip a glass of Pinot Noir at night.
Prices: $2.86 to $5.40
Must-try: The Almond Milk Mocha ($5.40) with a shot of their housemade dark chocolate sauce and almond milk for a dairy-free alternative
Pairs perfectly with: Their vegan Power Cookie (made from scratch) with oats, dates, carrots, bananas and chia seeds for a quick mid-day pick-me-up
Sam James Coffee Bar
Find it: 297 Harbord St., 917 Queen St. W, 150 King St. W, 15 Toronto St., 241 Spadina Ave., samjamescoffeebar.com
The vibe: With five locations dotted around #the6ix, this indie coffee shop is a staple in the city. Its graphic interior means the sole focus is on their strong, well-made coffee.
Prices: $2.50 to $4.75 (cash only)
Must-try: Their cappuccino ($3.75), a strong double shot of espresso with milky foam that will keep you awake long past your lunch break
Pairs perfectly with: A sugary Boston cream doughnut from Glory Hole Donuts, which they carry in-house, because everyone deserves to treat themselves (plus coffee and a doughnut is as sweet a pairing as PB&J)
Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa
The Ministry of Coffee
Find it: 279 Elgin St., 1013 Wellington St. W, theministryofcoffee.com
The vibe: With two locations in the nation’s capital (Centretown and Hintonburg), this hipster spot is always packed with coffee-enthusiasts working away on their laptops and enjoying a cup (or two) of high-quality coffee.
Prices: $2 to $4.95
Must-try: The Nutella Latte ($4.95), a double shot of espresso with a dollop of Nutella melted into steamed milk
Pairs perfectly with: The scrumptious, finger-licking Nutella brownie for those looking to continue their hazelnut and chocolate high
Find it: 5 Arlington Ave., arlingtonfive.com
The vibe: Like an old-fashioned kitchen (think, worn-out wood, lived-in furniture and homemade treats), this coffee shop boasts a serious vintage and rustic atmosphere. Be sure to take a selfie in front of their Make Something Beautiful sign before you leave.
Prices: $2.43 to $6.22
Must-try: The Dirty Chai ($5.25) with two shots of espresso, milk and their spiced chai milk with cardamom, clove, ginger, cinnamon and black tea made from scratch
Pairs perfectly with: A buttermilk muffin baked fresh every morning and stuffed with a different berry each day, like raspberries, blackberries or blueberries
Equator Coffee Roasters
Find it: 412 Churchill Ave. N, equator.ca
The vibe: This Westboro café prides itself on its philanthropical approach to coffee. Owners Craig and Amber Hall have made it their mission to take fair trade coffee from the farmers in Guatemala, Ethiopia and other countries along the equator to the coffee lovers of Ottawa since 1998.
Prices: $2 to $4.75
Must-try: The Flat White ($3.78), half espresso and half steamed milk for that perfect balance of caffeine and cream (plus, the manager spent 12 years in Australia learning about all things coffee, so you know its gotta be good)
Pairs perfectly with: Gluten-free and vegan eaters, take note. Their plant-based peanut butter cookies and date squares are to die for
Red Door Provisions
Find it: 117 Beechwood Ave, reddoorprovisions.com
The vibe: The walls of this brightly-lit space are lined with an assortment of fresh jams, marmalades and other preserves made from scratch using locally-sourced ingredients.
Prices: $2 to $5
Must-try: The Honey & Lavender Latte ($4) for a taste of summer, even when the temperature plummets
Pairs perfectly with: A mouthwatering salted caramel cookie or a vegan chocolate doughnut
Black Squirrel Bookstore & Espresso Bar
Find it: 1073 Bank St., blacksquirrelbooks.ca
The vibe: Escape from the city and delve into a good book during the day or stay into the evening to see performances, art shows, panels and more from Ottawa’s budding arts and culture scene.
Prices: $2.25 to $4.50
Must-try: The Espresso and Tonic ($3.25), a shot of medium roast espresso and tonic water for a coffee that is anything but basic
Pairs perfectly with: The Simpsons-inspired Homer doughnut from local bakery Dough Baby, which comes with a strawberry glaze and colourful sprinkles
Best Coffee Shops in Montreal
Find it: 1000 Sainte Catherine St. W, cafemyriade.com
The vibe: For a quick refuel from your shopping venture, stop by this coffee shop tucked inside Club Monaco. The tiled floors and monochrome interior might just be as stylish as your new garb.
Prices: $2 to $5
Must-try: The Iced Cold Brew ($3) or their adorbs piccolo latte ($4.25), which is a petite version of your usual latte
Pairs perfectly with: The drool-worthy dark chocolate chip cookies from Montreal boulangerie Hof Kelsten
Find it: 200 Rue Notre-Dame O, tommymontreal.com
The vibe: With lush greenery hanging from the high ceiling, this elegant, stylish café in Old Montreal exemplifies the beauty of European architecture.
Prices: $2.30 to $6.30
Must-try: The Cubano ($4.60), two shots of espresso poured over condensed milk and hot frothed milk
Pairs perfectly with: Their open-faced toast with caramelized peaches, ricotta, almond flakes and a drizzle of honey—brunch has never looked (or tasted) so good
Find it: 124 Rue Saint Viateur O, 419 Rue St-Vincent, cafeolimpico.com
The vibe: This casual café, in a social sports bar setting, has legit Italian roots—Rocco Furfaro, who has owned this spot for 30 years, brought his espresso recipe all the way from his hometown of Rome.
Prices: $2 to $3
Must-try: Their cortado ($2.75), a Spanish-style coffee that mixes equal parts espresso with warm milk
Pairs perfectly with: Their Nutella shoehorn cookie for a sweet treat that will satisfy any chocolate lover’s craving
Crew Collective & Café
Find it: 360 St Jacques St., crewcollectivecafe.com
The vibe: If you’re looking to upgrade your coffee game, plan a trip to this stunningly extravagant spot, which calls a 1920s bank building home. Everything about this place is begging to be captured on camera, from the opulent ceilings to the large archways and chandeliers.
Prices: $3 to $6.50
Must-try: The Affogato ($6), a hot shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream (dessert for breakfast is always acceptable)
Pairs perfectly with: Their gluten-free rose almond cookie for a delicate bite or a slice of their banana walnut bread for instant comfort food
Find it: 151 Rue Rachel E, cafeneve.com
The vibe: This friendly joint in the Plateau neighbourhood is the business’ original location, but it has since expanded across Montreal. The café’s bar is made out of recycled wood for a homey feel and the communal seating encourages chit chat.
Prices: $2.50 to $5.25
Must-try: The Chai Latte ($5), either hot or iced. They mix their own spices, teas and vanilla syrup in-house for a more homemade approach to this autumnal drink
Pairs perfectly with: The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and chocolate cookie or the salted caramel, pretzel and white chocolate cookie
Best Coffee Shops in Moncton
C’est La Vie
Find it: 785 Main St., @Cafe.Cestlavie.Moncton
The vibe: This cozy café encourages local artists to perform and display their artwork, so you can spend a lazy weekend afternoon soaking in live jams from Moncton’s up-and-coming music scene.
Prices: $2.25 to $6
Must-try: An espresso ($4.50+) with a shot of pumpkin chai for when you’re not feeling a pumpkin spice latte, but still want those fall flavours
Pairs perfectly with: The cream of cauliflower soup and the turkey panini with carrots, cucumbers, spinach and cheddar is a great lunch combo alongside your fresh brew
Clementine Café Deli
Find it: 62 Elmwood Dr., @Clemintine-Cafe-Deli
The vibe: This family-friendly joint not only serves up locally-roasted coffee but delicious soups, salads and sandwiches as well, making it a popular spot to spend your next lunch break.
Prices: $2.25 to $4.60
Must-try: The Macchiato ($3.90), which has tiny bit of steamed milk and uses espresso beans from their roaster right next door
Pairs perfectly with: A homemade chocolate chip cookie that hits the sweet spot between chewy and crunchy (aka the perf cookie)
Find it: 700 Main St., @DUOCafeMoncton
The vibe: With exposed brick and industrial pipes, this downtown café’s intimate, urban vibe is almost as cool as their coffee (see must-try).
Prices: $2.29 to $5.86
Must-try: The Turmeric Latte ($5.86), sweetened with nutmeg, cinnamon, honey and almond and coconut milk (bonus points: this orange spice has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties)
Pairs perfectly with: The maple bacon doughnuts, topped with full strips of bacon, are popular amongst the café’s regulars
Best Coffee Shops in Halifax
Just Us! Coffee and Tea House
Find it: 5896 Spring Garden Rd., justuscoffee.com
The vibe: This quaint Nova Scotia chain is the first fair trade coffee roaster in Canada—perf for those looking for organic, freshly-roasted coffee that goes from “seed to cup.”
Prices: $2 to $5
Must-try: Any of the single origin pour over coffees ($3). They are constantly changing, but whenever you pop in for a cup of joe, you’re guaranteed to get a recommended top-of-the-line roast.
Pairs perfectly with: Their cranberry scones for a buttery, flaky and tart accompaniment to a strong coffee
Lucky Penny Coffee Co.
Find it: 6440 Quinpool Rd., luckypennycoffee.ca
The vibe: We seriously cannot get enough of how cute this coffee shop is. Between the sweet floral wallpaper to the colourful chalkboard menu and flower-topped tables, it is an Instagramer’s coffee heaven.
Prices: $2.50 to $5
Must-try: The Rhythm + Beets Latte ($4.75), which uses beet syrup made in-house (plus hints of vanilla and cinnamon) for a unique take on this classic drink
Pairs perfectly with: The Kitchen Sink Cookie for a light nibble, with oats, dried cranberries, chocolate, butterscotch, ripple potato chips and pretzels (*drooling*) or the No Diggity sammie with spiced sweet potatoes, feta cheese, greens dressed in a maple-citrus dressing on an herbed focaccia bun
The Old Apothecary
Find it: 1549 Barrington St., theoldapothecary.com
The vibe: The coffee at this bakery and café will satisfy your caffeine craving, but the upstairs seating area will have you tickled pink (literally). Brightly-coloured vintage furniture (think neon green, turquoise and hot pink) provide a comfortable and chic seat while you sip on your bold brew.
Prices: $1.15 to $5.20
Must-try: Their pour over coffee ($2.90), made with a Panamaian light roast from Phil & Sebastian with notes of caramel, nutmeg and grape for tons of warm, yet fruity flavour
Pairs perfectly with: A chocolate almond croissant, salted caramel brownies or key lime pie—three of their best sellers
Java Blend Coffee Roasters
Find it: 6027 North St., javablendcoffee.com
The vibe: With award-winning coffee and a warm, inviting atmosphere, this 70-year-old establishment has mastered the art of coffee-making using a variety of beans from around the world.
Prices: $1.90 to $4
Must-try: A cup of their Brazil Fazenda Passeio with rich notes of almond, dark chocolate and raisin
Pairs perfectly with: A banana chocolate chip muffin for a sweet start to the day
The Nook Espresso Bar
Find it: 2118 Gottingen St., thenookhfx.ca
The vibe: The name truly says it all when it comes to this adorable coffee shop. With plants hanging from the windows to cute little nooks (literally made for a juicy goss sesh), this spot will be your new go-to.
Prices: $1.95 to $4.70
Must-try: The Toasted Marshmallow Latte ($4.14) with a double shot of espresso (using Nova Scotian North Mountain Fine Coffee beans), almond milk and toasted marshmallow syrup
Pairs perfectly with: A buttery honey pecan blondie if you’re looking to indulge
Best Coffee Shops in Charlottetown
Beanz Espresso Bar
Find it: 138 Great George St., beanzespressobar.com
The vibe: With paintings from local artists hanging on the walls and plenty of PEI charm, this homebase for Charlottetown’s coffee enthusiasts is definitely not lacking in character.
Prices: $1.60 to $4.90
Must-try: The Moccaccino ($4.90), a double shot of dark roast espresso, two pumps of chocolate sauce, steamed milk and whipped cream and cocoa
Pairs perfectly with: Their famous homemade veggie burger with lentils, carrots, black beans topped with avocado, hummus, swiss cheese and more veg, and finish it off with peanut butter chocolate square for dessert
Leonhard’s Café & Restaurant
Find it: 142 Great George St., leonhards.ca
The vibe: This café and resto has touches of Southern influence (like white wood, exposed beams and a clean white palette) and offers up a mean breakfast menu to keep your Sunday brunch game strong.
Prices: $2.09 to $4.35
Must-try: The iced latte ($3.90) for a refreshing drink (while it’s still warm outside), which uses a bold dark roast espresso from local Down East Coffee Roasters
Pairs perfectly with: Their eggs benedict with two poached eggs, smoked salmon, hollandaise, roasted potatoes and a garden salad
The Kettle Black Roastery
Find it: 45 Queen St., kettleblackroastery.com
The vibe: You can’t miss this café and roastery’s sunshine yellow doors as you walk along Queen Street. And the inside is just as radiant with pops of yellow that brighten this already cozy locally-owned spot.
Prices: $3 to $5.50
Must-try: The espresso ($3), which has bright notes of cocoa and cranberry from their Costa Rican beans
Pairs perfectly with: The vegan burrito bowl with sweet potatoes, jalapeños, black bean puree, rice, avocado puree, mixed greens, salsa and red onion. Or, for something lighter, their warm beet salad with pecans, mixed greens, goats cheese, sliced apples, and honey balsamic vinaigrette
Receiver Coffee Co.
Find it: 128 Richmond St., 178 Water St, @receivercoffeeco
The vibe: Depending on your aesthetic, one of these spots will fulfill all of your caffeine and Instagram needs. The Victoria Row location (128 Richmond St.) is more of an urban loft style with a dark colour palette, brick walls and metal coffee equipment, while the newly opened Brass Shop (178 Water St.) has minimalist décor, white walls and touches of wood.
Prices: $2.25 to $5
Must-try: Their naturally processed Ethiopian blend ($2.25+) with notes of berry, apricot and cocoa
Pairs perfectly with: A delectable slice of cake or cheesecake made from scratch
Casa Mia Café
Find it: 131 Queen St., casamiacafe.ca
The vibe: A bustling spot once brunch rolls around, it’s worth braving the lineups to taste their delicious breakfast fare, diverse roster of sammies and (of course) amazing coffee to wash it all down.
Prices: $2.75 to $5.49
Must-try: Their latte using Conca d’Oro coffee beans from Vancouver-based roaster Milano, which has aromatic notes of cocoa and vanilla
Pairs perfectly with: The Casa Mia Eggs Benny for a hearty brekkie, made with their housemade hollandaise, grilled black forest ham, spinach, three eggs on a toasted baguette and PEI potato hash with a touch of maple syrup on the side
Best Coffee Shops in St. John’s
Find it: 272 Water St., rocketfood.ca
The vibe: The aroma of freshly-baked pastries and cakes will immediately fill your nose as you step inside this bustling spot. Peruse the cases of confectionaries that are just waiting to be dipped into your cup of joe.
Prices: $2.25 to $6.50
Must-try: A cappuccino ($3.75) with micro-foamed milk and a double shot of espresso, using Guatemalan beans from Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters that taste like caramel, orange and black cherry
Pairs perfectly with: Their partridgeberry scone stuffed with local berries and topped with butter, or a gooey cinnamon bun that has garnered rave reviews
Jumping Bean Coffee
Find it: 37 Elizabeth Ave., jumpingbean.ca
The vibe: This Atlantic Canadian coffee chain takes an environmentally-friendly approach to roasting their beans in order to reduce heat and carbon emissions. Plus, the pops of orange and sleek grey furniture make their Elizabeth Avenue location v modern.
Prices: $1.85 to $4.95
Must-try: The East Coast Roast ($1.85+) a medium roast without any bitterness and a light fruity flavour or the Screech-flavoured Coffee ($1.85+) like an Irish cream (tastes like rum) but without the alcohol
Pairs perfectly with: The Jumping Jam cookie, a Newfoundland speciality of tart raspberry jam between two crunchy cookies
The Battery Café
Find it: 1 Duckworth St., batterycafe.ca
The vibe: Located at the bottom of Signal Hill, this quaint café will be your new post-hike destination. What better way to recharge than with a caffeine hit and sweet treat, right?
Prices: $2 to $5
Must-try: The Aussie Capp ($4.50), a traditional Australian cappuccino with two shots of espresso, steamed milked and cocoa powder sprinkled on top
Pairs perfectly with: The Magic Bar, a chocolate square with coconut shavings and chocolate chips, for a decadent treat or their housemade banana bread for a simple snack
Fixed Coffee and Baking
Find it: 183 Duckworth St., fixedcoffee.com
The vibe: The turquoise-trimmed exterior and equally colourful interior (plus a sweet view of the charming shops on Duckworth Street) make this vibrant spot an excellent backdrop for a coffee pic.
Prices: $2.75 to $5.75
Must-try: The Chai Latte ($5.10) made with their own chai syrup, which is loaded with spicy cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, star anise and tea extract
Pairs perfectly with: One of their homemade Montreal-style bagels with miso maple butter for a gourmet version of this staple breakfast
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