Charming cafés in Hintonburg and Wellington West Village

Hintonburg and Wellington West Village is the place to go for a pick-me-up at any time of day. The ’hood is hopping with cafés where you can satisfy your caffeine cravings. From freshly roasted coffee beans to fair-trade and organic tea blends to icy cold brews, the choices are almost endless.

Bridgehead Coffehouse

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1277 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A8

Serving organic and fair-trade coffees, teas, and baked goods, this neighbourhood favourite is open from early morning into the evening. Both locations on Wellington West are busy at all hours with children dropping by before and after school for cold drinks, apple cider and hot chocolate. Light medium and dark roast drip coffees are served alongside espresso-based specialty drinks and seasonal beverages. The increasingly popular cold brew coffee is carbonated and slightly sweetened (some call it Bridgehead’s version of Red Bull). Visitors can also pick up a variety of freshly roasted beans from around the world to bring home.

The Ministry of Coffee and Social Affairs

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1013 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y1

This hybrid café and bar was the first to serve nitrogen cold brew in Hintonburg. The coffee is first cold steeped for 24 hours, micro filtered into a keg and later infused with nitrogen. Pulled-to-order from a stout faucet and served over ice, this creamy iced coffee is the answer to those hot muggy summer days. The menu also features filter coffee and espresso-based drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, cortados and Americanos. Tea, hot chocolate and light lunch foods are also available. Come evening, this neighbourhood haunt turns into a bar with a chef-driven menu and local beers on tap.

Blumen Studio

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465 Parkdale Ave Main, Ottawa, ON K1Y 1H5

This charming bloom boutique sells more than gorgeous floral arrangements and luscious plants for weddings and special occasions. While it might be off the main strip, the studio’s on site café is a beautiful spot to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a cup of coffee, either out on the patio or inside the store itself. If you’re hungry, there’s also a tasty array of pastries and cookies from local bakeries (including The French Baker) on hand. It’s a hidden gem on one of the busiest roads in Ottawa.

Happy Goat Coffee

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35 Laurel St, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M4

Though bags of Happy Goat Coffee beans are available in retail shops around the city, owner and roast master Henry Assad warmly welcomes those who wish to drop by the flagship café on the border of Hintonburg and Little Italy. Inside the converted industrial garage exterior you’ll find a unique coffee haven with quirky artwork, funky furniture and some of the city’s best java. Several different types of beans from Africa, Asia Central and South America are roasted daily on the premises, thus ensuring the freshest cup possible.

Bread By Us

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1065 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y2

Step in to Bread by Us and you’ll find some of the happiest people in the city baking breads and making coffee behind the counter. While bread is their specialty, coffee is also served with just as much pride. Using roasted beans from Happy Goat, each cup is carefully prepared using a Chemex machine, which is designed to extract the beans’ unique flavour profile and showcase the complexity of different roasts and blends.

Thyme And Again Creative Catering And Take Home Food Inc

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1255 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A6

Primarily a catering and take-home food shop, Thyme and Again is also a cozy eatery serving house-made pastries, breads, sandwiches, desserts, pre-made meals to go, tea and, of course, coffee. Though the drink menu is small, that hasn’t stopped locals from stopping in frequently to sip cappuccinos and organic fair trade coffees. Savour a cup of coffee on the patio or in the dining area at the front of the store. For a much quieter atmosphere, head upstairs to the second floor where the walls are lined with local art.

Nectar Fine Teas

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1250 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A4

Nestled quietly along the epicurean row of Wellington West Village, it’s easy to miss this beautiful little teashop. The interior is bright yet intimate and features polished wood, gleaming canisters of loose-leaf tea and soft lighting from above. The tea list is extensive, with over 30 varieties to choose from. Reservations are needed if you’d like to book a spot for the afternoon High Tea service. During the two-hour sitting, expect individual pots of tea served ceremoniously alongside a three-tiered serving stand adorned with freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, and decadent tarts and chocolates. Service is warm and amicable.

Ottawa Bagelshop And Deli Inc

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1321 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B6

This local coffee shop and deli has been a beloved staple of the neighbourhood since 1984. The smell of Montreal-style bagels wafting out the door is enough to draw a crowd throughout the day. Whether sitting at the bar, taking a seat at a table or relaxing on the couch, many have enjoyed a cup of coffee or two with a bagel sandwich. After you’ve satisfied your caffeine cravings, browse the shelves and pick up gourmet delights such as chocolates, sauces, jams, preserves, candies and teas to take home.

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