If you're looking forward to the lower temperatures in Ontario this winter, you might also be looking for new places to visit. It's never a bad idea to find a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee, especially if you want to enjoy the winter weather from a cozy spot. Here are some of the most unique coffee spots in Ontario where you can warm up with a cup of joe.
Oat Couture Oatmeal Cafe
Oat Couture is an Old Ottawa South favorite that specializes in oatmeal bowls. Whether you're interested in sweet oatmeal with marshmallows and chocolate chips or a fruit-based bowl, you've got plenty of oatmeal dishes to try here. You can enjoy a hot cup of De Mello drip coffee or an espresso drink as you relax in the cafe and watch the world go by.
The menu is full of gluten-friendly, vegan, and dairy-free options. Check out the Sunnyside oatmeal bowl, which comes with bacon, tomatoes, jalapenos, sprouts, and cheddar, or the Orchard overnight oats, which come with maple pecans, applesauce, cinnamon, and yogurt. If you're just coming in for coffee, you can choose from a latte, mocha, vanilla latte, or iced Americano. A selection of teas and hot chocolates is also available.
- Location: 1154 Bank St., Ottawa.
- Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
The Ministry of Coffee
The Ministry of Coffee is a coffee shop with a relaxing, cozy vibe. It's a popular place for locals to work on laptops or read a book, and there are four locations in the area for you to choose from. The Elgin location is in the heart of downtown, and it's where all the coffee beans are roasted and distributed. Not only is this a great spot to grab a cup of coffee but it's also a place to learn. In fact, the coffee shop offers a Coffee 101 class and a Latte Art class.
Do you want to know what's on the menu before you arrive? The Ministry of Coffee offers filter coffee, espresso, flat white lattes, mochas, and flavored lattes. You can also get a seasonal nitrogen cold brew. If you aren't in the mood for coffee, you can choose from its large tea selection.
- Location: 274 Elgin St., Ottawa.
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Little Victories Coffee Roasters
Little Victories Coffee Roasters is a small specialty coffee roaster. The independent shop was started by two friends with a strong passion for coffee. Two locations in Ottawa allow you to choose the environment that you like most. The Elgin location is situated downtown in a unique building.
Regardless of which destination you choose, you can enjoy delicious filter coffee, milk-based drinks, and espressos. Little Victories even offers a flight if you're not sure what kind of coffee you're interested in. There’s a selection of milk alternatives, including coconut, macadamia, almond, and soy milk. The menu also includes a tea selection.
- Location: 801 Bank St., Ottawa and 44 Elgin St., Ottawa.
- Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Happy Goat Coffee Company
Happy Goat Coffee Company has several locations in Ottawa, and each one takes an environmentally friendly approach. Several cafes serve Happy Goat coffee, and some locations even serve cocktails in the afternoons and evenings. If you'd rather drink your coffee at home, you can order bags of beans to brew your own cup of joe. Some locations also offer live music, including jazz nights with local musicians.
- Location: 326 Elgin St., Ottawa.
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Honey Coffee Bar
Honey Coffee Bar is more than a coffee shop. It's also a restaurant serving paninis, salads, and belgian waffles with vanilla gelato. You can also order toast, smoothies, smoothie bowls, and a variety of Italian sodas. The colorful atmosphere makes for a hip lunch spot, but it's also a relaxing space where you can enjoy a cup of coffee with a good book. If you’re looking for a European-inspired destination in Ontario, this is a great option.
- Location: 1564 Stittsville Main St., Stittsville.
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Morning Owl Coffee House
Since 2009, Morning Owl Coffee House has offered organic, direct-trade coffee. This independent franchise is spread over several locations, including a mobile van in Japan. The menu includes breakfast and lunch items, such as sandwiches, burritos, and chicken curry.
Of course, the shop's true passion is coffee. The menu includes drip coffee, cappuccino, chai latte, espresso, macchiato, and Australian flat white. A selection of sweet lattes, including the Peppermint Patty and White Cow lattes, also grace the menu. Iced coffee drinks are available for those warmer days.
- Location: 538 Rochester St., Ottawa and 229 Armstrong St., Ottawa.
- Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar
If you like your coffee shops inside quirky bookstores, Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar could be your next destination. While the cafe uses beans from Little Victories Coffee Roasters and Cloud Forest, the cafe is worth a visit on its own. As you get stuck into a new book, you can enjoy a baked item, such as a date square, power cookie, cinnamon bun, or bean roll. Drip coffee, lattes, and other warm drinks are there to greet you on a cold day that you'd rather spend indoors.
- Location: 1073 Bank St., Ottawa.
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
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