Log in and lounge at these Calgary coffee shops

A hot cup of joe and the warm and sociable surroundings of Calgary’s independent coffee shops are real productivity boosters for work and study. Most coffee shops welcome laptop tappers, but don’t abuse the privilege with five-hour, one-coffee sittings — you’ll ruin it for the rest of us!

Higher Ground Coffee House Inc

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

A busy spot for casual business meetings and first dates, laptoppers are more likely to find open seats between the day’s coffee-time rushes. In warm weather, set up on one of its sidewalk tables and enjoy the boutique bustle of Kensington Village.

Good Earth Coffeehouse

A06-200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4R5

When you need to sneak away from the office to get some real work done, this outlet of the Calgary-based café chain is located on the north side of downtown in Eau Claire Market. Pair that coffee with a hearty and wholesome lunch.

Kawa Espresso Bar Ltd

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

A cool, contemporary coffee nook, Kawa also serves beer and wine and its food menu features a unique combo of Polish and Middle Eastern dishes. The non-coffee beverages and excellent cuisine may distract you from your typing, but you won’t mind.

Phil & Sebastian Coffee House

The Marda Loop location of this blossoming local coffee chain is a favourite laptop-and-java haunt. Pick up a bag of the house-brand beans on your way out and keep that coffee-house buzz alive at the home and office.

Cadence Coffee

6407 Bowness Rd NW, Calgary, AB T3B 0E6

A Bowness neighbourhood institution, this coffee shop and diner serves bagels, burgers and BLTs with its hot drinks. Stools at the front window and back bar are nice perches for loners on laptops.

Waves Coffee House

602 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B4

A growing local café chain, the window seats at its two 17th Avenue Southwest locations are pleasant perches from which to watch foot traffic on one the city’s main shopping promenades.

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