Get your coffee fix at these coffee shops in Centretown

Late nights and early mornings are not uncommon in the nation’s capital. Whether you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up or a cozy meeting spot, these coffee shops will give you the energy boost you need to get through the day.

Morning Owl Coffeehouse

438 Rochester St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4M1

Serving organic coffee roasted in Almonte, Ontario, this family-owned coffee shop fuels swarms of public servants in one of Centretown’s busiest locations. The calm, brick wall interior opposite the colourful panini counter creates an atmosphere that escapes Bank Street’s hustle and bustle and re-energizes your body and mind. The BLTG (bacon, lettuce, tomato, guacamole) panini and nut ‘n’ honey Latte are just a few deliciously clever displays of this café’s in-house food and drink creations.


750 Gladstone Ave Main, Ottawa, ON K1R 6X5

This spacious, homey coffee shop turns into a low-lit music lounge in the evenings, making it an ideal spot for working the day away or having a casual coffee with a friend. The waffle brunch and famed veggie sandwich options make it one of Ottawa’s best weekend breakfast spots for all tastes. The eggplant tempura sandwich and eggs Florentine over a waffle and kale are two of Pressed’s medley meals you won’t find anywhere else.

Grounded Kitchen

100 Gloucester St, Ottawa, ON K2P 0A4

Co-owners and friends Gabriel and Amir built Grounded Kitchen and Coffeehouse using recycled and re-furbished materials like whiskey barrels and old doors. Just like the décor, the meals are made from scratch and borrow bits and pieces from various cuisines. The rustic atmosphere is perfect for a quick coffee break, casual business lunch, and even evening cocktails with colleagues or friends.

Bread & Sons Inc

195 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1W7

Not only does Bread and Sons Bakery serve fresh Vancouver-roasted coffee and other specialty drinks, but it also has a wide selection of daily baked goods and lunch items. The pastry, sandwich, salad, and pizza menu is inventive and bursting with flavourful combinations. The vegetarian pizzas are a popular lunch item that goes quickly. Try to beat the lunchtime crowd and grab one of a few indoor or street-facing tables to rest and savour your baked goodies and coffee.

Raw Sugar Cafe

692 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6P4

Don’t let Raw Sugar Cafe’s exterior fool you. Behind the bright red café sign is an intimate and eclectic space that many customers call their home away from home. Community-oriented folk come here to lounge around, listen to live music, read a book or magazine from the mini-library, and snack on some vegetarian plates and vegan sweets.


366 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y4

An Ottawa-based chain and local favorite, Bridgehead provides a familial coffee shop experience with ethically-sourced coffee and food products. Bridgehead Coffee has undergone many transformations since being formed in 1981 with a commitment to supporting small-scale and organic farming. It has since then become a local staple. Its fairly traded coffees, baked goods, and fresh sandwiches and salads never disappoint. Bonus: the Bridgehead roastery on Preston Street is open to the public and is worth a visit.

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