The baristas at Credo care about their craft, and it shows in the quality of their coffee. From the Intelligentsia beans they use to the welcoming atmosphere, these two locations are wildly popular for all the right reasons. Espresso drinks are handcrafted, meaning you might have to take a few extra minutes out of your morning routine, but it’s well worth the wait! Be sure to snag one of their soft and chewy granola bars, or a Macchiato Brownie.
10350-124 St. | 780-761-3744
10134-104 St. | 780-758-2233
Set in a beautifully restored heritage home in Riverdale, this café is loved for its unique setting and the simple, yet delicious, coffee and fare. A locally sourced and seasonal menu serves up breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily, and you can also visit this just-like-home spot for a late Sunday brunch. After a coffee and a bite to eat, browse through their general store for some take-home goodies, like the House-Made Salted Caramels.
10004-90 St. | 780-705-1230
The Woodrack Café
Since opening in the fall of last year, The Woodrack has become known for tasty treats and a comfortable boho-style atmosphere. A warm fireplace and comfy couches will help you settle in. The coffee is delicious, but it’s the homestyle baked goods that truly take the cake. We can’t wait to see what kind of winter flavours they have in store for their famous whoopie pies! Gingerbread and chocolate mint, anyone?
7603-109 St. | 780-757-0380
If you’ve ever visited Italy, or dreamed of visiting Italy, Leva is the place to satisfy cravings for genuine Italian treats — espresso, wine, and gelato are staples on the menu. They’ve also rolled out an Italian-style thin crust pizza that’s perfect for lunch. Stop by for one of their delicious light pastries and a traditional Italian cappuccino in the morning, or schedule an evening meeting over a glass of wine and their Prosciutto Crudo Pizza.
11053-86 Ave. | 780-479-5382
Renovations have amped up the coziness factor in this Whyte Avenue favourite. With comfy armchairs, small nooks, and large round tables, this is a perfect spot for meet-ups with friends, late-night study breaks, or an appointment with your favourite book. Be sure to try the Lavender Fog (a delicious and fragrant take on a London Fog), and give in to one of the decadent treats from their dessert counter. Their Green Onion Cakes make a delicious midday snack.
10361 Whyte Ave. | 780-433-6575
Lock Stock Coffee
A coffee break should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. From their small and comfortable Jasper Avenue location, Lock Stock Coffee provides the perfect retreat for a midmorning break. The menu is short, simple, and delicious. Try a mouth-watering slice of strawberry buttermilk loaf with your morning Macchiato. If you have a few minutes to spare, they’ll even squeeze a glass of fresh orange juice for you on the spot!
10534 Jasper Ave. | 780-428-0825