Who would have thought you could shop locally made goods, munch on traditional Italian flatbread pizza, and cuddle a kitten in a cafe!? Check out these cool Edmonton coffee shops that are defying the café cliché.
The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House
Where: 9351-118 Ave.
What to try: Savour a Twilight Fog (a mint chocolate latte), while enjoying rustic baked goods like their delicious carrot cake.
Why it’s cool: This volunteer-powered coffee house serves as the hub for Arts on the Ave., a not-for-profit organization that works to improve Alberta Avenue. The Carrot employs community members and artists, has hosted hundreds of community events, and has become the second home for many in the neighbourhood. The cafe also displays local artwork, handmade goods, and, on weekends, hosts live music.
Cat Café on Whyte
Where: 10111 Whyte Ave.
What to try: Check out their selection of cat-themed goods like mugs, cat toys, and cat backpacks so you can carry your furry friend wherever you go!
Why it’s cool: The shop is Alberta’s very first cat café! They’ve partnered with the local not-for-profit rescue, SAFE Team, to help cats find their forever homes. Cat Café brews steamy beverages including cattes and meowcha’s with espresso beans from ACE Coffee Roasters, a well-known Edmonton roastery. They also offer a range of baked goods from Hazeldean Bakery and Sucre M.
Where: 8422-109 St. & 9855-76 Ave.
What to try: A three tiered donut cake! Available on request, and whatever flavour your heart desires.
Why it’s cool: With two locations in Edmonton, this fusion between sandwich shop and café is a must-visit. The drool-worthy menu items are switched up every few weeks, but past sandwiches have included the Chihuahua In Antarctica (an amped up hot dog smothered in hot chili and corn chips) and the Ricotta Be Kiddin’ Me (tofu, marinara, vegan ricotta, pickled fennel, and pineapple).
Where: 11053-86 Ave.
What to try: So many options! Share the traditional thin crust ‘za as an afternoon meal and savour an Affogato made with Café Leva’s own homemade gelato for dessert.
Why it’s cool: Part bakery, part wine bar, part coffeehouse, you will feel like you’ve stepped into Italy in this Edmonton staple that resembles a traditional European coffee shop. There’s plenty of communal seating making this the perfect spot for a meeting, dinner party, or a quick bite to eat. Stop by for an Italian cappuccino, or bring friends for an evening meal.