Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

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Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

For all the coffee addicts out there (like me!), I’ve rounded up the best coffee shops in Ottawa.

When I travel to a new place, I’m always looking for a great cup of coffee. Whether it’s a dark roast coffee, an espresso, a latte with plant-based milk, or the local specialty, I’m willing to give it a try. You know, for research purposes. I’ve got to report back to you, my lovely readers, with a list of the best coffee shops in Ottawa. Well…let’s be honest. Blog or no blog, I’d be seeking a great cup of coffee.

With only a couple of days in Ottawa, I managed to drink several cups of coffee at a few places in town. Of course, there were a lot of places I didn’t get to try. I’ll still add them to my “honorable mentions” list with the hopes of visiting them upon my return to the city.

If you have any suggestions for me, I welcome them! Please let me know all about your favorite coffee shops in the comments at the bottom of this page.


MINISTRY OF COFFEE

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 8am-6pm

One of my friends from the Ottawa area recommended that I check out the Ministry of Coffee. He warned me that had a bit of a hipster vibe, but the coffee was great. When I entered the shop on Elgin Street, I immediately noticed that it was rather cozy. The tables were all taken on a weekday morning, with mostly younger people working away on their laptops. It’s a great environment if you’re interested in getting some work done, although I recommend arriving early so you can get a seat.

I ordered an almond milk latte to go. The barista was friendly and the service was quick. The latte was rich, smooth, and delicious. I’m sure their other selections of coffee are great. Currently, they don’t have any vegan pastries on the menu, though I’d love to see at least one make a regular appearance.

There’s a second location in Hintonburg, The Ministry of Coffee and Social Affairs (. I’ll have to check it out next time!

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa


BRIDGEHEAD ROASTERY

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-7pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm

When I type “Bridgehead” into Google Maps, at least 10 locations pop up in downtown Ottawa. Clearly, this coffee house is an institution in the city. You must give it a try as it is one of the best coffee shops in Ottawa. I can also see why their coffee is so popular as they’ve truly perfected the brewing process.

I visited a location right across the street from Parliament Hill. After a trip up to the top of the Peace Tower early in the morning, I was ready for a jolt of caffeine. The cafe itself was warm and inviting, without being too crowded or noisy. They serve baked goods and light meals, so Bridgehead could be a great lunch option, too.

As for vegan options, Bridgehead serves soy and almond milk. You might see a vegan baked good available from time to time. They also sell fresh pressed juices and vegetarian meals, like a quinoa and sweet potato wrap.

I ordered a coffee that was bold and flavorful. I sipped it as I walked around downtown Ottawa, with the snow lightly coming down. The coffee was comforting on a chilly, winter day.

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa


BREAD AND SONS

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Fri 6:45am-5:30pm, Closed Weekends

Bread and Sons happened to be around the corner from my Airbnb apartment. I also discovered that they were open really early in the morning, and they also served vegan desserts. Naturally, I had to go there!

This isn’t the kind of coffee shop where you hang around for hours on end chatting to your friends. When I visited, it seemed popular for its grab-and-go selections. There was a line up of customers that moved very quickly as everyone knew what they wanted to order. These were mostly professionals on their way to work, picking up a coffee and a light breakfast.

While the coffee was good, the freshly baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookie was amazing. They also sell vegan muffins and vegan slices of pizza. If you don’t come here for the coffee, at least try one of the plant-based treats.

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa


LITTLE JO BERRY’S

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Tue-Thu 8am-6pm, Fri-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8am-5pm, Closed Mon

Little Jo Berry’s makes an excellent cup of coffee; however, they might be known even better for their selection of baked goods. This establishment is also 100% vegan, although you’d never know it. It’s extremely popular in town, and I’m sure that many of their customers don’t even know that it’s a vegan place!

From handmade pop tarts to brownies, and burgers to pizza slices, you’ll find yummy treats and savory meals. I recommend doing what I did – buy a coffee, and bring back a container full of desserts. Some of them made it home as a surprise for Justin. Many of them didn’t make it out of my Airbnb. A girl’s gotta have a late night snack, right?

As for caffeinated beverages, you’ll find only plant-based milks on the menu: soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. They have coconut whipped cream, too. There are a variety of espresso drinks, including specialty beverages like a vanilla chai, a matcha latte with agave, and hot chocolate.

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa

Best Coffee Shops in Ottawa


OTHER HONORABLE MENTIONS

Here are some other places that I’d love to try the next time I visit Ottawa. Have you tried them before?

Happy Goat Coffee

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Tue 7:30am-8pm, Wed-Fri 7:30am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-8pm

Morala Specialty Coffee

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-5pm

Morning Owl

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Closed Sun

I Deal Coffee

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 8:30am-7pm, Sun 9am-6pm

Planet Coffee

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 7:30am-10pm, Sun 8am-8pm

Arlington Five

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-5pm

Origin Trade

Ottawa, ON

Hours: Mon-Wed 8am-9pm, Thu-Sat 8am-1am, Sun 9am-9pm


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Ministry of Coffee: 45.420100, -75.692300
Bridgehead: 45.420700, -75.702400
Bread and Sons: 45.417898, -75.698200
Little Jo Berry\'s: 45.403600, -75.724800
Happy Goat Coffee: 45.404500, -75.719400
Morala Specialty Coffee: 45.405770, -75.689205
Morning Owl Coffee: 45.420100, -75.692300
I Deal Coffee: 45.432400, -75.694100
Planet Coffee: 45.429700, -75.689000
Arlington Five: 45.406600, -75.701100
Origin Trade: 45.429700, -75.689000

 

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3 Responses

  1. Simon MacDonald
    | Reply

    If you are in the Little Italy/China Town area then you’ll want to check out Happy Goat Coffee. For variety you’ll also want to swing by the Bridgehead Roastery on Anderson off of Preston to see where they roast all of the coffee locally and finally the Morning Owl location on Rochester.

    Downtown on Dalhousie you can hit I Deal Coffee and BlueBird.

    But if you are the Westborough area then you need to hit their Ministry of Coffee location for a Nutella Latte and then walk down the road to Suzy-Q’s donut shop. If you feel like a soup and sandwich then Bread By Us has good food and an amazing pour over.

  2. Guru
    | Reply

    Thank you for sharing the great list of Coffee shops…

  3. Laura
    | Reply

    I looooove Little Jo’s! I don’t drink coffee, but their baked goods are incredible!

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