I love coffee.
There, I said it. To anyone who knows me, that’s no secret. I wouldn’t say that I’m a coffee addict. I could go without it. But, I just really, really like it. (Or are those the words of a coffee addict in denial?)
When we visited Quebec City for the first time in the summer of 2014, I proudly proclaimed that I found the best coffee in Quebec City. While I still highly recommend that you do check out Les Cafe du Soleil, I found another coffee shop that slightly edged out that one. Nektar Cafeologue, I now proclaim you to be the king of all cafes in Quebec!
There’s one main reason why Nektar stands out above all other coffee shops in Quebec City: they offer soy and almond milk for lattes. No other coffee shops in Quebec City, with the exception of Starbucks, have plant-based milks as an option. I really hope that other cafes decide to have at least one plant-based milk for vegans, the lactose intolerant, and those wishing to drink less dairy products.
Nektar may have had me at soy milk, but the cafe itself is very spacious and inviting. There are lots of places for people to sit, even during peak hours. People are encouraged to gather with friends, work on their laptops, or read a book. There is actually a bookshelf in the cafe filled with books that guests are encouraged to borrow. Even with tons of people there, the cafe still feels quiet enough to work or have a conversation without yelling over the background noise. And yes, there’s free Wi-Fi.
They offer a few different coffee roasts to try, including their special “Grand Cru” blend, made specifically for Nektar. I opted for the Grand Cru in my soy latte. It only costs a little bit more, but it is definitely worth it. While I haven’t tried their regular roast, the Grand Cru is really something special. Other coffee beans available include 49th Parallel, Intelligentsia, Metropolis, and Detour (from my hometown of Dundas, Ontario!).
The verdict: my soy latte was delicious. It was creamy, smooth, and full of rich flavor without any bitterness. It was the perfect end to our visit to Quebec City. After enjoying my coffee there, we collected our belongings from the hotel and headed to the airport to fly back home. The next time I find myself back in Quebec City, I’ll surely head back to this cafe to try some of their other caffeinated creations.
235 Rue Saint-Joseph E
Hours: Mon-Wed 7am-8pm, Thu-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-7pm
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