Edmonton's Best Independent Coffee Shops

Jun 1, 2020

Edmonton coffee shops come in every size and flavour, from the every-man chains (Tim Hortons, Second Cup) to the tiny, indie variety (a la Little Brick and Square 1) and everything in between. Over the last few years, new coffee shops have popped up like a bag of Orville Redenbacher’s on movie night. The new generation of sleek or quirky java haunts sprinkled throughout Edmonton complement our cadre of veteran cafes. This roundup is meant to peek into Edmonton’s sovereign coffee spots and offer a quick guide to the best java in town.

Southside Coffee Shops

Block 1912

Stop in at Block 1912 and enjoy some of Edmonton’s finest coffees and gelatos, located in a historic building in the heart of Old Strathcona. The comfy seating and fresh fruit pies (baked on site) will make you want to stay for the whole afternoon.

Farrow

Farrow customers like their caffeine with a sandwich, thank you very much. Farrow, as hip as it comes for coffee, is as popular for their sandwiches as their mugs of Stumptown and Bows & Arrows coffee.

Transcend

Masters of coffee since 2006, Transcend is a must-try destination for true coffee fanatics. Staff are well trained and passionate, often reciting the complicated alchemy of handcrafted coffees. Take the Flat White for example. It’s a popular drink originating in Australia/New Zealand where milk isn’t heated as much as in a latte, making it a bit more thin, yet still sweet.

Square 1 Coffee

This adorable coffee shop on Fairway Drive (there's also a new location in Glenora) provides great tasting coffee, craft beer, and special wines. They bake their our own treats, and prepare their own food in-house. Fresh eats and fresh brews are sure to please! This local favourite has plenty of seating making it a great place to meet up with friends or perch with your laptop for an afternoon.

Eleanor & Laurent

The Sugar Bowl's sister eatery, Eleanor & Laurent, is a café, boulangerie, patisserie, rotisserie, charcuterie, and meeting place. Come for the to-die-for pastries and specialty coffee, stay for the elegant and adorable décor!

Downtown Coffee Shops

District Coffee Co

This cafe was started by local small-space hospitality visionary Nate Box. District's space was recently expanded and now the daytime cafe and bakeshop stays open late and turns into a cool spot to grab wine and small eats at night.

Little Brick

Little Brick brought history back to life in an old brick house tucked away in Riverdale. This adorable coffee shop serves up delicious brunch and lunch items, and has one of the best little patios in the city.

DOSC

Step into the first half of downtown's DOSC and you'll find yourself in the Sober Cat Cafe. DOSC's space features a cafe, serving Rogue Wave coffee, a cocktail bar and a steakhouse. Stop by in the morning for a coffee and return in the evening for a steak and sophisticated cocktail.

Credo

Credo is a set of sibling coffee shops well-known amongst locals for their quality coffee (and London Fogs for those non-coffee folks). Each cup of Credo coffee is filled with feel-good flavour. Their coffee is direct trade, ensuring their growers are paid 25% higher rates than fair trade prices.

Lock Stock Coffee

At Lock Stock, espresso is pulled with care, savoury biscuits are baked fresh and heated to order, and English muffins are fried daily for a variety of sandwiches, making them a necessary stop when in the downtown neighbourhood.

Remedy Cafe

Remedy Cafe is one part Indian and Pakistani restaurant, one part coffee bar. If the hit TV show ‘Friends’ was filmed in Edmonton, the cast would gather daily at the Jasper Avenue location. Their legendary house-made chai pairs well with either a sabhji masala or butter chicken wrap.

Coffee Bureau

Jasper Avenue’s Coffee Bureau features all kinds of shine: from the 1950s Italian brass chandelier and fancy customized Izzo espresso machine to the bright smiles of husband and wife owners. Coffee Bureau serves locally roasted Ace Coffee and Steven Smith teas alongside freshly baked cookies, muffins, croissants and gluten-free nibbles.

Brew+Bloom

Fancy some fresh flowers? Brew+Bloom is Edmonton’s first floral café and boutique. It's a great place to grab a bite or drink to go or dine-in with great company in a relaxing floral atmosphere. Plus, it's a great spot to snap some highly instagrammable photos.

Rosewood Foods

Rosewood Foods is a local dinette serving handmade baked goods, breakfast, lunch and best of all...coffee! They also create beautiful cakes that can be made using gluten free or vegan ingredients. Stop by for a cuppa joe on your way to work, or get your breakfast fill with dishes like their cornbread french toast (with bacon, avocado, paprika maple & crushed chili).

The Grizzlar Coffee & Records

Since 2018, The Grizzlar has been sourcing, roasting and serving unique micro-lots and special community produced coffees. Their downtown Edmonton roastery has a punk-rock vibe and is a must-visit for true coffee lovers. Distinctive and bold flavours live here!

Coffee Shops in Other Areas

Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave is owned by two caffeinated Daves, yes that’s right, two Daves. They built their first roaster from scratch named 'Stubby' and have been turning out incredible coffee ever since. The roasted beans in-house make a huge difference; the coffee is earthy and smooth. Must try: Mexican hot chocolate.

The Carrot

Indulge the right side of your brain at The Carrot, a community arts coffeehouse that sprouted up on Alberta Avenue. Every Friday and Saturday night The Carrot features live music, poetry, comedy or whatever might be on tap. What's more, this coffee shop is volunteer-powered and supports artists in the community.

Mandolin Books and Coffee Company

Mandolin Books and Coffee Company is an amazing gathering spot; in the summer they even have a dog-friendly patio in the back. They buy and sell used books, have locally made pottery, Pinocchio ice cream and frequently host book readings and local authors.

The Colombian

With locations in Glenora and Edmonton's French Quarter, The Colombian sources, roasts and serves coffee you can feel good about drinking. Ethical and sustainable practices are behind every cup, and they also offer monthly subscriptions for true caffeine addicts. Treat yourself and pair your drink with a delectable doughnut.

Tiramisu Cafe & Bistro

Nestled in the heart of 124th Street, Tiramiso Bistro is an urban eatery and coffee shop where you can enjoy a modern take on traditional Italian fare. Order a flat white with one (or two) of their highly tempting macarons. Yum!