Calgary coffee houses with a cult following

A great coffee house isn’t always just about the joe. Great atmosphere, friendly baristas, delicious food and free Wi-Fi all add to the overall quality of a café experience. Here are a few great coffee spots that bring it all together for the ultimate caffeine break.

Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar Inc

1
909 10 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0L9

In the heart of Inglewood, Gravity is a beautiful, warm space that plays host to art installations on a rotating basis. Baristas make delicious espressos, lattes and teas but also pour beer and wine. Free Wi-Fi and a multitude of plugins make this the office of choice for many in Calgary’s entrepreneurial crowd.

Rosso Coffee Roasters 8 Ave

2
J-140 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K6

Rosso strives to be its customers’ “third place.” A spot where they spend the most time apart from their home or work. With locations in Ramsay and Victoria Park, which are two of Calgary’s oldest communities, and in Calgary’s downtown arts district, Rosso looks to bring quality, in-house roasted coffee to its patrons.

Caffe Beano

3
1613 9 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1E1

When you walk into Beano, you feel like you need to have an in-depth conversation about the meaning of life. You see all sorts of people either in deep discussions or reading books. If it’s a nice day, there are usually 10 or 12 people on the outdoor benches chatting as well. Grab a latte and a scone and enjoy people watching or start a discussion of your own.

Fratello Coffee Co

4
4021 9 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 3C7

With locations on 17th Avenue Southwest and in Calgary Farmers’ Market, Analog Coffee is a prime example of third-wave coffee shops. Here, coffee is considered an artisanal product as opposed to a commodity. While the café’s espresso drinks are exceptional, try the pour-over coffee and discover just how great brewed coffee can be.

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

AB

Phil & Sebastian is the labour of love of two guys who met at the University of Calgary. Since their start, they have opened six locations and roast their own beans locally. Also purchase Phil & Sebastian coffee by the bag for home brewing.

Kawa Espresso Bar Ltd

5
101-1333 8 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1M6

Kawa (pronounced Kava) sports an impressive coffee menu, a full food menu plus beer and wine. Located in Mission, it’s are open late and makes a great after-dinner stop. Check the Kawa website for local music acts performing this week.

Higher Ground Coffee House Inc

6
1-1126 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P3

Located in Kensington, Higher Ground was one of the early coffee houses offering great coffee drinks within a warm and inviting space that’s open late. With an extensive menu and friendly staff, you will often find it full of people working and chatting with friends.

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