Top 10 Cafes of 2017

Euphoria Cafe

img_4868It’s not a huge place but a great place to go for a coffee or whatever else you are into. Their menu has a wide assortment of hot drinks such as specialty coffees as well as juices, smoothies, gelato and bake goodies. They are also known for their waffles as mentioned in one of my previous blogs. Staff are always great to talk to, and very helpful.

Find them at euphoriacafe.ca or at #124 – 5403 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary

 

Societe Coffee Lounge

IMG_9746Societe Coffee Lounge is a very modern espresso bar that is wonderfully equipped with both a sleek industrial cafe decor and a huge focus on coffee and presentation. The décor has huge steel beams coming out of the walls with lots of oversized lighting everywhere and it is well lit and very clean. The baristas were very friendly and clearly very knowledgeable. One thing I really enjoyed was that the barista’s were very talkative and very helpful when asked questions about their menu.

Find them at societecoffee.ca or at 1223 11 Ave SW, Calgary

 

Sucre Patisserie and Cafe

img_4872Stepping into this location you can really tell that there is a French ambiance in the heart of Calgary, from the white walls to the openness of the front cabinets. Since we got there really early they hadn’t put out all of their fresh baked pastry’s ranging from buttery croissants to rich ganaches and irresistible macarons. We got to watch as they slowly placed out all their delicious confections.

Find them at sucrecafe.com or at 1007 8St SW, Calgary

 

 

Lucid Kustoms Koffee House

IMG_8271In Bragg Creek at a very cool coffee shop called Lucid Kustoms Koffee House.  It is located in a strip mall with a bunch of different shops. From the outside it looks like a log building, and when we looked at images of this cafe there were a bunch of motorcycles out front. We entered in through the motorcycle side so there was a bunch of motorcycles and apparel. When we entered into the cafe side there were a bunch of comfy seats around and a couple people inside, but since it was a nice day we sat outside as well as the others. The decor inside was very biker inspired which is absolutely amazing, there was a giant drawing of a motorcycle on one whole wall. On the other wall there was pictures of motorcycles that I could assume that they made.

Find them at lucidmoto.com/koffee or at #408, 7 Balsam Ave, Bragg Creek

 

Matamata Coffee House

IMG_6762It’s called MATAMATA COFFEE and it is located in the heart of Paris, in the Montorgueil neighbourhood, cultivating the art of specialty coffee and home made food. Walking down the road to this little gem, you would never know it is there unless you were looking. From the outside it just looks like a little storefront with a couple tables in the front for seating, inside there was a high-bar and some tables for seating.

Find them at matamatacoffee.com or at 58 rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris

 

Platform 7

outsidePlatform 7 transforms you to a Victorian London train station in East Vancouver and a Belle-Époque Parisienne train station in Kits.  The journey imbues a sensual, passionate and vibrant joie de vivre to Vancouver’s specialty coffee scene.  Experience beautiful hand-crafted espresso drinks from our Espresso Bar, exquisitely brewed single origin coffees on the Brew Bar or refreshing cold brews from the Cold Bar. From a delectable selection of the finest locally-sourced artisan bakeries to our tailor-made sandwiches, the Platform 7 experience takes one on an exotic journey to taste exquisite single origin coffees from around the world.

Find them at platform7coffee.com or at 2331 E Hastings St, Vancouver

 

BRU Coffee and Beer House

IMG_8973BRU is dedicated in bringing you exceptional coffee and beer in Edmonton. It makes sense – everybody drinks coffee, and everybody loves beer. Thats why we are proud to present you with the first of its kind – BRU Coffee and Beer House. It was nice and quiet while we were there, and it was amazing because we got to talk to the guys there and see where else they would suggest us going to check out. On the back wall there is a poster explaining the numerous different kinds of beers. On the opposite wall there is a poster explaining coffee. The night we went there, there was only a couple people drinking hot beverages.

Find them at brucoffeeandbeerhouse.com or at 11965 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton

 

JJ Bean

img_0676I was really impressed with the decor of this location. It was very cool and a trendy place with very modern clean lines. They had these wood beams running from floor to ceiling that gave the place a forest like appearance. There was lots of seating inside including some more secluded booths for a more intimate setting. There was also a lot of cool seating outside on their patio. One complaint I would have about this place is that the drink menu seemed non-existent. Not that I need a menu to order from but it would be good to know what I was going to be paying for our drinks.

Find them at jjbeancoffee.com or at 125 East 17th Street, North Vancouver

 

NHBR

IMG_5845Today we wanted to try somewhere new, in my searching I found NHBR, which I believe is Neighbor.  They are located in Altadore and it is a prime location on a corner lot.  It is very small and very easy to miss, the first time we drove right by, since there is a lack of signage. Once we found parking we walked up next to a very nice could-be patio around to the front entrance.  When you walk in there is a single bench to your left, to your right there is a cooler with cold beverages, and in front of you there is a long service bar with a cooler to the right with their food products made by Our Daily Brett.

 

Find them at ourdailybrett.com/nhbrcoffee/ or at 4038 16 Street SW, Calgary

 

Bike and Brew

IMG_9853A bike shop and espresso bar. I don’t think a better combination exists. Yet, here I am, at the Bike and Brew in Bridgeland. Trying to figure out how I didn’t know about this place before. Does the rest of Calgary know? If not, you should. Located in the thriving community of Bridgeland, we proudly serve coffee by Fratello, baking by Corbeaux Bakehouse, and Sandwiches by Peppino Gourmet Foods. For seating we have three large community style tables with benches. 

Find them at gobikeandbrew.ca or at 921 1st Avenue NE, Calgary

 

Honorable Mentions that Closed in 2017

Red Bush

img_4123Their laughs were extremely contagious. The customer service they provided was outstanding. The environment at Red Bush is so relaxing, so before you know it the girls were doing there clean up as Red Bush closes at 9pm. They told us not to rush, they would just lock the doors. I thought this was terrific as we have been to other places, and they made you feel uncomfortable so that you do leave. Great Job Red Bush!

 

Tea Factory

img_5655The Tea Factory, specializes in 100% natural premium lose leaf tea. They have multiple different kinds from Green Tea, White Tea, Oolong Tea, Herbal Tea, Rooibos Tea, and Black Tea. This location has been open for three years and if you are a Tea lover you have to check this place out. The decor of The Tea Factory is very spacious, very clean looking and modern. The ceiling are high and there is very cool lighting. There is a few tables and four bigger black leather chairs at the back of the shop.

 

 

Cafe Blanca

IMG_0118Cool place with a very modern flair and yet is very laid back. There is a small stage with a piano on it. On part of this stage there is a bunch of cushions for you to sit or lay out on. The whole environment is very relaxing. They also have a bunch of inspirational quotes on the walls. The had open mike nights, comedy nights as well as they have guitars just sitting there just in case you feel like doing some jamming while enjoying a beverage.