The Ultimate Edmonton Coffee Guide

The Ultimate Edmonton Coffee Guide

Do you even coffee if you haven’t been to any of these hotspots in Edmonton. I have to admit that I am a coffee addict and possibly even a coffee-snob, so I reckon that qualifies me as a pretty good resource on where to get your caffeine fix in Edmonton. A Coffee-snob is defined by Urban Dictionary as “an individual who cares about what coffee or coffee mix drink they put in their mouth. A coffee snob is not ok with Starbucks, or Tim Hortons, or McDonalds…etc.” Well, that’s me! Give me an independent coffee shop with locally roasted beans, baristas who care not to burn the milk and boasting the latest trendy decor.

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#1: ACE Coffee Roasters // 10055 80 Ave NW (near Whyte Ave).

I want this exact space in my house one day. Is that weird? But besides their industrial chic decor, the coffee is the best in the city. Plus, it’s local! They roast their beans on site, and their website leads me to believe that they’ll be starting tours of their roastery soon too (Oooh! Ooh! Sign me up!). Read my blog post on my coffee crush here.

#2: Lock Stock Coffee // 10534 Jasper Ave.

Lock Stock used to be my absolute favourite – it’s recently been bumped from first place since ACE opened – but Lock Stock also offers ACE coffee just with a completely different vibe. While they rock an industrial-like vibe too, it’s darker, and cosier – perfect for those grey, winter days. It does one up ACE in terms of offering slightly more to nibble on. I love their breakfast sandwiches made into a breakfast bowl. Read my blog post on our visit here.

#3: Coffee Bureau // 10505 Jasper Ave.

While it’s hard to really rank all the coffee shops, this might be my third favourite. They serve ACE Coffee (the same as Lock Stock), so evidently I need to get my hands on their beans rather than spending all my money at these coffee shops. But then what would I even do with my time? Read my blog post on our visit here.

#4: Iconoklast Koffiehuis // 11807b-105 Ave (off Jasper Ave) or 11523-100 Ave.

This spot has a special kind of place in my heart. It’s a koffiehuis (as in Coffee House in Afrikaans, one of the many national languages in South Africa). The coffee is great, the vibe is magic and you can sit down for a board game or two.

#5: Credo // 10134-104 St & 10350-124 St.

104 Street is one of my favourite streets. It houses other favourites like KB & Co and even the City Downtown Market (which I blogged about here), so this happens to be my favourite location. Credo is a favourite during the week for those who need a cafe to get a bit of work done in Downtown.

#6: District Coffee Co. // #101, 10011-109 St.

This is the place in Downtown Edmonton to get a healthy-ish, quick breakfast with your cup of joe. We’ve done it often! You should too Read my blog post on our visit here.

#7: Transcend Coffee // 8708-109 St. 

I think Transcend was the first independent coffee shop I went to after arriving in Canada and it was such a relief. I honestly thought I was stuck with Starbucks or Tim Hortons before heading into the Garneau location for a cuppa heaven (#NotAtTimmysGirl). They offer coffee courses which I’m dying to do.

#8: Little Brick Café & General Store // 10004-90 St NW.

This little brick house is located in the charming suburb of Riverdale. They offer brunch, coffee and snacks and in summer, they even hosts events like Backyard BBQ’s with live music. Check it out here.

#9: Elm Café // 10140-117 St.

This place might be small, but it offers the convenience of a lunch and coffee on the go when you’re stuck Downtown.

#10: Burrow Central Station // Central LRT Station.
#11: Bru Coffee + Beerhouse // 11965 Jasper Ave NW.

Ever been in the situation where a friend wants a beer, but you want a coffee. Well, this first-world problem is actually a common dilemma, so isn’t it nice that this spot offers you both! There food isn’t too bad either

# 12: The Barking Buffalo Cafe // 10842 124 St NW.

We found this cafe because one of our other favourites along 124th street, Duchess Bake Shop, was closed (as they always are on a Monday).

#13: Duchess Bake Shop //10718 124 St NW.

This is an Edmonton institution, guys! I’m always so surprised to hear when people living in Edmonton & the surrounds don’t know of it. It was even ranked as one of the world’s top bakeries along with Laduree here. If you need a macaron and a coffee in a french patisserie, this is your spot.

#14: Crum Coffee Bar //4640 Calgary Trail NW.

Still to try. Check out my blog post about the newbie here.

#15: AWAKE Coffee House //11029 9 Avenue SW.

Still to try. Check out my blog post about this newbie here.

#16: The Glasshouse Bistro & Cafe // 101 Riel Dr, St Albert.

Technically, this cafe is outside the city limits, in a separate area north of Edmonton, called St Albert.


Your coffee-addict,

~ Leigh