A hipster's guide to indie coffee shops in Ottawa

Ottawa prides itself on its wealth of independent shops and boutiques. Taking a quick stroll through the trendy ByWard Market or Westboro neighbourhood, you are bound to stumble across many indie gems, and if your beverage of choice features caffeine, you won't be disappointed by these terrific indie coffee shops.

The Morning Owl CoffeeHouse

139 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5N7

If you're looking for a coffee shop that cares more about what the coffee tastes like than what the place looks like, this is your spot. Sporting a very minimalist yet quaint style, it's the perfect stop-in point on the way to work. Offering tasty breakfast sandwiches as well, this a Centretown destination well worth a visit.

Ministry of Coffee

279 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M1

If you want to beat the lines at this popular Elgin location, you should set the alarm clock a bit earlier. The spicy chai lattes and Nutella hot chocolates have caffeine-starved people knocking down the doors every morning. If you dream of combining caffeine and chocolate, this is your place.

Bread & Sons Inc

195 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1W7

The best part of this indie coffee shop is that everything is home-made. Your senses awaken as the glorious smell of fresh-baked goodies overcomes you. You may come for the baked goods, but you'll stay for the espresso. Or perhaps a breakfast sandwich on a fresh-baked croissant is what you fancy. No matter what you're looking for, you won't leave disappointed.

Planet Coffee

24A York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 1K2

This fast-paced, cash-only coffee shop is located right in the heart of the ByWard Market. It boast longer hours and has a patio, prime for people watching. Serving a variety of pastries and a fantastic assortment of coffees, this is a regular destination for coffee lovers in the downtown core.

Café Qui Pense

204 Main St, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C6

Known for its cozy and welcoming atmosphere, this little-known coffee shop has been serving up delicious sandwiches and coffee to patrons on Main Street for years. Only open during the day, this shop caters to people working in the area who need a quiet and comfy place to grab a cup. The lattes and espressos are what keep the regulars coming back for more.

Cafe Cristal

240 Kennevale Dr, Nepean, ON K2J 6B6

Located a bit off the beaten path in Barrhaven, this new coffee shop is known for its stunning interior design, complete with a Parisian feel. The dessert squares are causing a storm, but they aren't to be outdone by the pesto chicken panini. Cafe Cristal offers a great selection of beverages, treats and sandwiches, all served in a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

I Deal Coffee

176 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7C6

Located just on the outskirts of ByWard Market, this independent coffee shop is the go-to spot in the bustling downtown core. Ideal Coffee is a small coffee brewer built on traditional values of fair trade and brewing high-quality small batches. Coffee aficionados are certain to find the perfect home-brewed delight. And if you fall in love with one of its blends, you can pick some up to take home with you.

Italian culture is so prominent in Ottawa that there is even a stretch of town dedicated solely to the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy. Little Italy, located on Preston Street, just west of Downtown, has an abundance of glorious Italian hotspots and delicious eateries to please the senses. And although there are many fine restaurants in Little Italy, you can also find Italian dining scattered throughout the city.
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