The Best Coffee Shops in Edmonton, Alberta

May 19, 2020

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Seriously Edmonton, we dig your coffee scene! We couldn’t be more impressed by Edmonton’s local coffee roasters and their Insta-worthy cafes. It’s been my mission, as a self-proclaimed coffee snob, to explore every single coffee shop in Edmonton since we moved to Alberta — my coffee addiction is well-documented over on Instagram (Spot all the coffee cups in my feed). Here are our picks for the best Edmonton coffee shops by area, in no particular order.

NOTE: With many coffee shops being closed temporarily or running takeout only due to COVID-19, we have tried to update all listings with the latest opening hours, takeout options, etc. Please double check all websites for the latest updates as things are changing daily.

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The Best Coffee Shops in Downtown Edmonton:

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1. Lock Stock Coffee

Lock Stock is an independent coffee shop on Jasper Avenue serving espresso-based drinks from Ace (a local roaster); savoury treats like breakfast sandwiches and bagels and baked goods like scones. Tucked away ‘underground‘, Lock Stock doubles as a bar at night (Red Star Pub), so the coffee shop does closed relatively early. The dark wood accents, exposed brick walls and moody lighting make it a super cosy place to get some work done or have a coffee date.

Visit them at 10534 Jasper Ave // M-F 8-4, Sat 9-3, Sun Closed. COVID-19 Update: Currently closed.

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2. Coffee Bureau

Coffee Bureau is a small coffee shop along Jasper Avenue, almost directly opposite Lock Stock. They also serve locally roasted Ace Coffee (and Steven Smith teas) alongside freshly baked cookies, muffins, croissants and gluten-free nibbles.

Vibe: Takeaways (especially for bigger groups due to limited seating) or people-watching at the window.

Visit them at 10505 Jasper Ave // M-F 7:00 to 5:00, Saturday 9:00 to 3:00. COVID-19 Update: Currently closed.

3. District Bakery & Cafe

District is an airy, contemporary bakery-cafe serving locally sourced breakfast, sandwiches & pizza.

Note: Parking can be a bit of a struggle.

Visit them at 10011 109 St NW #101 // Mon – Thu, 7 am – 10 pm; Fri,  7 am – 11 pm; Sat, 9 am – 11 pm; Sun, 9 am – 4pm // Instagram // Website.

4. DOSC Sober Cat Cafe

The Sober Cat, part of DOSC, which stands for Drunken Ox Sober Cat is the newest cafe on the 104 Street block. The cafe makes up the front section of the property and it’s trendy decor still feels warm and cosy. DOSC’s space features a cafe, serving Rogue Wave coffee, a cocktail bar and a steakhouse.

Visit them at 10190 104 St // Open Mon – Fri, 7 am – Late; Saturday Open 8 am; Sunday Open 9 am // Website.

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5. Iconoclast Coffee Roasters

Iconoclast serves their own coffee at two downtown locations: The Oliver Exchange Building 12021 102 Avenue (where you can find this Instagrammable feature wall) and LeMarchand Mansion 11523 100 Avenue.

Vibe: Coffee dates with friends and great work space.

Visit them at 12021 102 Ave // COVID-19 Update: The Oliver Exchange location open daily from 8:30am-6:00pm for take out and order pick-up. Check the website for the latest.

6. The Moth Cafe (Vegan)

The Moth Cafe is a plant-based cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside their tea lattes and coffee. Their coffee is from Kuma Coffee which sources and roasts unique microlots handpicked from around the world.

Vibe: Hipster with vegan food.

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7. Little Brick

Little Brick is located in an old brick house tucked away in Riverdale. They offer brunch, coffee and snacks and in summer, they even hosts events like Backyard BBQ’s with live music. Dog-friendly patio

Vibe: Relaxed atmosphere, perfect for families.

Visit them at 10004 90 St NW // Website // Instagram.

8. Wilfred’s

Wilfred’s is a contemporary neighbourhood cafe and diner in the heart of Edmonton’s Oliver. Their gorgeous mural wallpaper is the backdrop. They serve Ace, local coffee roasters, and loads of fresh, healthy foodie options.

Vibe: Brunch + coffee in an Insta-worthy cafe.

Visit them at 10429 121 St NW (Brewery District) // Open Tues – Sunday, 8am – 11pm // Website.

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9. Credo Coffee

With two Downtown locations and one on 124th Street, many Credo-die-hard-fans have named this the best coffee in town. They serve Intelligentsia Coffee.

They have the local JACEK chocolate available too! (But if their limited selection leaves you wanting more, the actual JACEK store is right next door!)

Visit them at 10134 104 St NW & Enrbidge Centre (NEW Location) // Another Location on 124th St // Hours per location // Website.

The Best Edmonton Coffee Shops on 124th Street:

1. Duchess Bake Shop

Duchess is a world-class bakery in Edmonton, Canada, serving classic french macarons, croissants, tarts, cakes, & éclairs. It is always busy and it’s no wonder —it was ranked as one of the world’s top bakeries along with the famous Parisian bakery, Laduree here. If you need a macaron and a coffee in a french patisserie, this is your spot!

Visit them at 10718 124 St NW // Mon: Closed; Tues – Fri: 9am–7pm; Sat: 10am–6pm; Sun: 10am–5pm // Website.

COVID-19 Update: Duchess Bake Shop on 124th Street and Little Duchess at Ritchie Market are temporarily closed.

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2. Farrow (124th Location)

Although Farrow is technically known for its gourmet sandwiches, they also serve great pour-over coffee. Their Pour-Over menu is constantly changing as the roasters they work with source seasonally, roast & ship each week to ensure freshness.

Vibe: Pour-over coffee + sandwich.

Visit them at 10240 – 124 Street // COVID-19 Update: Open daily, 9:00am-3:00pm, takeaway only.

The Best Edmonton Coffee Shops near Whyte Avenue:

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1. Ace Coffee Roasters (Headquarters + Roastery)

Looking for Edmonton’s best coffee? All coffee aficionados will love the local Edmonton coffee roaster, Ace Coffee Roastersthey’re our favourite coffee in Edmonton! Their beans are used in most local coffee shops. There’s also a Garneau location at 11053 86 Ave, Edmonton.

Vibe: Coffee dates, daily + a place to buy your own beans.

Visit them at 10055 80 Ave NW // COVID-19 Update: Open daily from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Check Instagram / website for latest updates.

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2. Pip

Pip, located off Whyte Avenue, is one of our favourite brunch spots in Edmonton that also serves a good cup of coffee. They serve Ace coffee. It’s a small indoor space, although in summer they do have an outdoor patio. They can get busy so join their waitlist in advance on Yelp.

Vibe: Brunch + coffee (in between mimosas), before or after a Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market visit.

Visit them at 10403 83 Ave NW // COVID-19 Update: Open daily, takeaway only. See website for updates.

Photo from @transcendcoffee

3. Transcend (Garneau)

Transcend was one of Edmonton’s first Third Wave coffee shops, and today it’s still a staple of the cafe circuit. It’s a study and work-friendly space with plenty of outlets and free wifi available. The only common criticism of Transcend is that the drinks tend to be pricier than other coffee shops in Edmonton.

Vibe: Popular with the University crowd to study at + late night option (open till 9pm Mon-Sat).

Visit them at 8708 109 Street // COVID-19 Update: Open daily, 10:00am-5:00pm, takeaway only.

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4. Farrow (Garneau)

Although Farrow is technically known for its gourmet sandwiches, they also serve great pour-over coffee. Their Pour-Over menu is constantly changing as the roasters they work with source seasonally, roast & ship each week to ensure freshness.

Vibe: Pour-over coffee + sandwich.

Visit them at 8422 109 Street // COVID-19 Update: Open daily, 9:00am-7:00pm, takeaway only.

Photo from @oliverapt

5. Take Care Cafe

Take Care is located on the east end of Whyte Avenue and I’m pretty sure they share their space with a hair salon, Weekly Trim. Since it’s new, we haven’t been able to try it out yet, so keep checking back and we will update this as soon as we know more!

Visit them at 9621 82 Ave NW // COVID-19 Update: Temporarily closed, according to their IG.

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1. Ace Coffee at the Bountiful Farmer’s Market

Bountiful is Edmonton’s new indoor Farmer’s Market that features an ethnic food hall, kids play area, and an events stage!

Vibe: Farmer’s market shopping with a coffee, or grab a coffee with a friend while the kids play.

Visit them at 3696 97 St NW, Edmonton (free on-site parking) // Friday/Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm // COVID-19 Update: Currently closed.

Photo from @transcendcoffee

2. Transcend (Ritchie Market)

The second location of Transcend is in Ritchie Market, a multi-use market space shared with local businesses, like Biera (craft brewery and restaurant); ACME Meats (a butcher) and Duchess Bakery. They serve standard espresso based drinks with options of soy and almond milk, a few nibbles and even milkshakes (made with local Pinocchio gelato). A wide selection of stool seating is available as well as a sunny patio for warmer days. The work-friendly space offers several outlets (including USB). You can also take workshops to learn more about coffee.

Tip: Grab some macarons from Little Duchess. Also, a good spot to grab a coffee and do a walk to Mill Creek Ravine.

Visit them at 9570 76 Avenue NW // COVID-19 Update: Open daily, 10:00am-5:00pm, takeaway only.

Enjoy Your Favourite Edmonton Coffee at Home:

Although coffee at home doesn’t quite replace a coffee date at one of the above Edmonton coffee shops (especially when you haven’t perfected the art of steamed milk—it ain’t easy!), it’s changed the way we drink coffee! We love getting Ace’s coffee beans for home which you can purchase online with free shipping on all orders over $50.

Our Breville Coffee machine is by far one of the best purchases we’ve made for our kitchen—and definitely the most used! There’s also an upgrade with a touchscreen. Buy it at The Bay.

Another most used purchase is my Yeti coffee mug—I don’t leave the house without it (especially because we’re trying to reduce waste)! At home we love to use our Le Creuset mugs.

We’ve got the cream SMEG Kettle and we love it! We’ve had it for four years and everyone always comments about it. Indigo Chapters sells them online here. We also have the matching toaster!

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~ Your Coffee Addict, Leigh

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