cool cafés

Everyone loves a cool local café, either to start your day with a little caffeine or to regroup and catch your breath later with a latte in the afternoon. Or like us, you like to go online and do a little work or have a meeting at one of our local favourites. Ottawa has many awesome cafés and cute coffee shops with character that you can do all of those things. Some are small locally owned, like Arlington Five off Bank Street, Origin Trade Coffee House in The Market, Ministry in Hintonburg or Equator in Westboro. Some are larger (still locally owned) places where you can buy fair trade coffee like Bridgehead.


Wellington West

Bread By Us – Artisan Bakery & Espresso Bar
1065 Wellington St. West  (613) 422-5300
Bread By Us is a small-batch artisan bread bakery, creating organic sourdough breads, proudly situated in the heart of beautiful Hintonburg, Ottawa. They believe a bakery isn’t quite complete without the smells and tastes of exceptional coffee, so they offer Hintonburg’s own Happy Goat coffee at their cozy espresso bar.

Ministry of Coffee
1013 Wellington West  (613) 695-9002
They are a quality focused set of coffee shops bringing the best coffees from North America’s top tier roasters. Every week they feature a different roaster, with a diverse selection of retail coffee bags for you to take home. All their pastries, soups, and sandwiches are made in house, fresh, daily.

Thyme & Again  (café and event catering)
1255 Wellington West  (613) 722-0093
Thyme & Again is Ottawa’s preeminent corporate event caterer as well as a lovely place for lunch and prepared take out foods – right in the heart of Wellington West. And don’t forget to check out the Exposure photography gallery upstairs.

Little Jo Berry’s
1305 Wellington Street  (613) 761-8000
Little Jo Berry’s is a local, vegan, specialty, community-driven cafe that offers a huge array of stunning, personalized treats and lunch foods. They feature a fresh and indulgent menu that alternates depending on seasonal products and their kitchen’s own creative energy. The goal is to create one-of-a-kind treats and lunches that will captivate the patrons while servicing particular lifestyles and alternative ways of eating.

Little Victories Coffee
1111A Wellington Street West  (613) 627-2770
Little Victories Coffee is a small, independent specialty coffee roaster based in Ottawa, with a small café in Hintonburg. They are dedicated to elevating the coffee culture in Ottawa and contributing to the bustling Canadian coffee scene.

Westboro Village

Equator Coffee Roasters
Just off Richmond in Westboro at 412 Churchill Avenue

Baker Street Cafe Ottawa
385 Richmond Rd  (613) 761-7171
The Eggs Florentine are amazing, while you listen to classic music from the 60’s and 70’s!

Oh So Good Desserts and Coffeehouse
261 Richmond Road  (613) 241-8028
Low-key café featuring local artwork & serving coffee, along with a variety of cakes & pastries.

Bank Street

Arlington Five
5 Arlington Avenue (just off of Bank)  (613) 233-7959
This is one of our favourite Ottawa Cafés – it’s small, eclectic, friendly and they make great lattes! Oh yeah, and they’ve recently made BuzzFeed’s 31 Of The Coolest And Coziest Coffee Shops Across Canada list! Cool!

48 Jamie Ave  (613) 761 7788
This is the best cafe in town, and is definitely where to buy roasted coffee in Ottawa – it’s a cafe with a passionate staff who know so much about teas and fair trade coffees of the world.

Café Morala
734 Bank Street  (613) 235-4740
A lovely locally owned café on Bank Street in the Glebe. Here’s a link to great video by local Ottawa Realtors Diane & Jen, you’ll want to drop in after seeing it! I totally want one of their paninis now! :)

Stella Luna Gelato Café
1103 Bank Street  (613) 523 1116
Stella Luna gelato and sorbetto is prepared fresh, on site, from scratch, every day – it’s the best gelato in Ottawa!

Bread & Sons Bakery
195 Bank Street Downtown  (613) 230-5302
Open Fridays and Saturday nights for pizza!

Wild Oat Bakery + Café
817 Bank Street  (613) 232-6232
Ottawa’s best gluten and vegan friendly bakery with great sandwiches and soups – and of course great coffee right in the heart of The Glebe.

Morning Owl Coffeehouse
139 Bank Street

The Byward Market

Origin Trade
111 York Street  (613) 860-0111
Located in the heart of the Byward Market, Origin offers a selection of regional foods and beverages, that reflects their love for Ottawa. They believe in supporting local suppliers and serving the freshest products. They also source their foods from Ontario farms, as well as their wine and beer from local wineries and breweries.  Origin Instagram

Le Moulin de Provence
55 Byward Market Square  (613) 241-9152
Le Moulin de Provence boasts over 70 feet of display cases, filled with over 200 freshly created items. This Byward Market landmark is known for its impressive array of baked goods. It is also a great place for a quick lunch, or a to sit down with a group of friends for a coffee.

Ideal Coffee
176 Dalhousie Street  (613) 562-1775
At Ideal Coffee their beans are carefully selected and roasted with the desire to return to the traditional, “old style” bakery or roasterie of the past, yet be able to still accommodate the demands of the 21st century consumers who want their Guatemalan Huehuetenango organic, bird friendly, co-operatively farmed coffee roasted to a dark french and poured in an eighteen second double shot espresso. As you probably guessed these folks know their coffee! :)

The Blue Bird Coffee
261 Dalhousie Street  (613) 695-7766
Blue Bird Coffee is a micro roaster based in the heart of the Byward Market. They also serve a wide variety of sandwiches, soups, and baked goods.

The Tea Party Cafe
119 York St.  (613) 562-0352
The Tea Party is located in the heart of Ottawa, in the historic Byward Market. They have transformed a turn of the century home into the ultimate tea and coffee house!

Planet Coffee
24 York Street  (613) 789-6261
A beautiful quiet and interesting courtyard hidden away in the Byward Market – awesome cookies!

Elgin Street

Ministry of Coffee 
279 Elgin Street  (613) 255-3180
They are a quality focused set of coffee shops bringing the best coffees from North America’s top tier roasters. Every week they feature a different roaster, with a diverse selection of retail coffee bags for you to take home. All their pastries, soups, and sandwiches are made in house, fresh, daily.


Art-Is-In Bakery
250 City Centre Avenue, Unit 112  (613) 695-1226 x801
Inspired by the fine boulangeries of Paris and the funky cafés of Brooklyn. Art-Is-In Bakery is an edgy gastro-bakery built to satisfy any craving. Its unique character draws on a mix of wanderlust and a passion for the pursuit of pleasure in everyday life.

465 Parkdale Ave
Located in Hintonburg on Parkdale, Blumen studio is much more than a flower shop with a cafe – it’s Ottawa’s artistic flower shop. The studio is so great for wedding flowers or for an artistic corporate arrangement.

Happy Goat Coffee Company
35 Laurel Street  (613) 792-1309
Happy Goat is a local roaster and producer of twenty something roasts and blends of fair trade coffee. The supplier to many of the best local Ottawa cafés also has it’s own small cafe tucked oway in a relaxing and quite spot, perfect to enjoy a fresh espresso that still has the natural complex flavour of correctly roasted beans.

538 Rochester Street  (613) 680-8336
This cool modern café located in Little Italy has great pressed sandwiches and healthy salads to go. Try the Australian Long Flat White latte, it’s so good!

Café qui pense
204 Main Street  (613) 695-4229

The East End

Red Door Provisions
117 Beechwood Avenue  (613) 695-6804

Sutherland Restaurant, Bar and Coffee House
224, Beechwood Avenue  (613) 741-7980
Sutherland is a chef-driven neighbourhood restaurant and café. It is the namesake of Chef Warren Sutherland, an award-winning chef who has brought several acclaimed restaurants to the Ottawa restaurant scene. Thete capture Canada’s diverse culture of food with influences of South America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean island, notably from Chef Sutherland Jamaican heritage.

The Suburbs

Café Cristal
240 Kennevale Drive, Barrhaven  (613) 843-8989

Café Latte Cino
2020 Tenth Line Road, Orleans (613) 824-2466
Café Latte Cino is different than the many “grab and go” coffee places. Adopting a European style, the café has become a social event where friends can take the time to catch up in a spacious, relaxing, and friendly ambiance.

3 Sisters Bakeshop
1791 Kilborn Avenue  (613) 695-9122


Our Neighbours Just Out of Town

Alice’s Village Café – in Carp
3773 Carp Road  (613) 470-2233
They’re a local hub for great coffee and fresh eats right in the heart of Carp.

Quitters Coffee
1523 Main Street South, Stittsville
Quitter’s Coffee is an adorable small town café owned by famed musician Kathleen Edwards. It
has great coffee and awesome sandwiches – and you can even bring your dog!

The French Café – in Manotick
1160 Beaverwood Rd, Manotick  (613) 692-2629
French Café is a delightful warm neighborhood café residing in the heart of Manotick in the ‘Manotick Mews’.

Equator Coffee Roasters
451 Ottawa Street, Almonte  (613) 256-5960

The Bigger but still cool Ottawa Cafés

For locations:
Bridgehead Coffeehouse is Ottawa’s favourite locally owned fair-trade café and roastery. Bridgehead is your neighbourhood hub, your creativity incubator, your motivation to leave the warm comfort of your bed in the morning!  Their baristas know that fresh coffee is important when preparing delicious espresso, but they also know that the right grind, water temperature, and pressure are equally important to ensuring a sweet, complex, and well-balanced shot. Great coffee and tea, great snacks and sandwiches – and of course great people!

Starbucks in The Glebe – 787 Bank Street
Starbucks on Preston – 349 Preston Street