Get lost in a book in Calgary's coziest cafés

Few simple pleasures are as satisfying as spending an afternoon reading in a café. Calgary has dozens of such trendy, classic and laid-back cafes and here are some of our favourite spots to settle in with a book.

Philosafy Coffee

1
632 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B4

Philosafy Coffee, a beautiful space on Calgary's 17th Avenue, is a perfect place to read. The inviting café has interiors that use 100-year-old reclaimed wood, wide windows and gold accents. Just like the philosophers of old, rejuvenate yourself by getting lost in a good text.

Higher Ground Coffee House Inc

2
1-1126 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P3

Whether you want to settle in with a glass of Malbec or an espresso toscano as you flip through pages, Higher Ground has you covered. The café has comfortable seating and an extensive food menu including roasted flatbreads, mac and cheese and toasted banana walnut bread, which means there’s never a good reason to leave.

Vintage Caffeine Co Inc

3
101 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2H8

Vintage Caffeine is one of the trendiest spots in town to catch up with a book. The energizing décor is matched by a satisfying menu that includes Spanish lattes, cappuccinos and giant cookies.

Cafe Fresco

4
124-500 Royal Oak Dr NW, Calgary, AB T3G 0E8

It’s rare to find a café as cozy and well laid out as Café Fresco in suburban Calgary. Designed with personal space in mind, Fresno has six different nooks, a fireplace and ample seating to settle in. Fresco serves fair-trade coffee and their freshly baked desserts are a hit.

Rosso Coffee Roasters Inc

5
1400 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T5

Rosso in Inglewood is the perfect spot to read a book – or to people watch. Grab a seat on the comfy couch and see real life stories play out through the window. Grab a good book and a cup of coffee from one of the city’s most popular coffee suppliers.

Analog Coffee

6
740 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7

The team at Analog finds beauty in the different experiences that can happen surrounding a simple cup of coffee. Settle into one of the seats at this rectangular café and get lost in an experience of your own.

Cafe Blanca

7
240 Riverfront Ave SW, GD Lcd 1, Calgary, AB T2P 2G8

Café Blanca is a huge space, with comfortable seating and colourful pillows that line the window seats. The huge glass windows let a lot of sunlight in, making it an ideal spot to read. Blanca also serves Siphon coffee, a specialty brewing method that makes for a visual treat.

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