Five Ottawa Coffee Shops

Must-visit spots for fuelling up in Canada's capital 

Bridgehead

Start your day right in Canada's capital with breakfast and a jolt of caffeine at one of these downtown indie coffee shops.

 

Bread & Sons Bakery

The top-notch espresso drinks are made with beans from Vancouver's 49th Parallel and milk from local Cochrane's Dairy (with non-dairy options available), but it's the housemade baked goods that stand out here. Start with a breakfast sandwich—a soft-poached egg and slice of gouda on a fresh croissant—before moving on to a sweeter treat, like the to-die-for chocolate-hazelnut cookies.

The Ministry of Coffee

Nutella is the star ingredient at this Elgin Street café, which fills up quickly after opening as neighbourhood regulars line up for lattes, hot chocolates and croissants amped up with the chocolate-hazelnut spread. Coffee nerds without a sweet tooth can choose from cold-brew, filter and espresso drinks made with beans from various featured roasters, and food options also include breakfast sandwiches on English muffins and other baked goods.

Bridgehead

This longtime local favourite hangout has 15 locations around town serving its fair-trade roasts (they sell more than 10,000 cups of coffee and tea per day) plus food and baked goods featuring ingredients from regional farms. Besides breakfast wraps, look for house-baked sourdough breads, fresh-pressed juices and bottled kombucha.

Morning Owl Coffeehouse

The downtown Bank Street space might be minimalist to the extreme, but its drip and espresso coffee drinks (made with beans from Almonte, Ontario's Equator Coffee) more than make up for it. Morning food options include breakfast sandwiches or burritos, bagels with cream cheese and a BLTG—a B.L.T. with guacamole.

Planet Coffee

This cash-only shop in the heart of ByWard Market offers plenty of picks for coffee drinkers, as well as fresh-baked sweet and savoury scones and other baked goods, including gluten-free options. Try to snag a spot on the courtyard patio for optimal people-watching.