The 13 Best Cafes in Edmonton

Best Cafes in Edmonton

By Emma Fraser

Looking somewhere quiet to study? Or do you need a small place where you can meet up with a few friends and drink coffees together?  No worries, these best cafes have good coffee within an atmosphere that’s relaxed, friendly, and inviting.

Whether you need someplace quiet to work and get free Wifi or a place for peacefully eating every last bit of cheesecake off your plate, these are among the best options you have in Edmonton.

We’ve picked places that have low prices on coffee, by the way, as well as being highly recommended by those who just enjoy lounging at these places and find them to be a cut above the rest.

Without further ado, here are the best cafes in Edmonton.

1.  The Nook Cafe

The  Nook's Bread and Coffee
(Source: The  Nook)
BEST FOR  Cafe
PRODUCTS https://www.nookyeg.com
WEBSITEhttps://www.nookyeg.com
ADDRESS10153 97 Street NW Treaty 6, Edmonton, AB T5J 0L4
CONTACT DETAILS1 (780) 761-6665 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7a-4p

Saturday 9a-4p

First in our list of the best cafes in Edmonton is The Nook.

Gorgeous and eclectic, this place is ideal for those quiet weekends where you want to bury your nose in a book. The atmosphere is calm and quiet, perfect for those times you’re chasing a deadline.

Their food is great too. From the typical pastries and sandwiches, to the house special lattes, you’ll be sure to finish their delectable offerings to the last bite.

Another great offer they have is “Suspended Coffee”, where you can buy a coffee token for those who need a cup of joe, but can’t afford it.

Anyway, the ambience of this place and the great prices puts them in one of our picks as the best Edmonton bars.

Highlights

  • Great coffee
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Wide selection of menu items

Customer Reviews 

Find out why customers enjoy this place:

A beautiful cafe in the heart of The Quarters in East Downtown. The incredibly kind and friendly service makes way for comforting food and beverages (the sticky cinnamon buns and varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches are especially delicious!) the environment is cozy and easy going. Conversations, even when boisterous, have that same calmness that the environment itself radiates. The Nook is a beautiful place and I’ll keep returning to its cozy corners.

—Steven Kozama, Google Reviews

I usually come on my coffee break to grab a hot chocolate. I love the atmosphere and eclectic furniture and beautiful art. The staff are always friendly and the tall guy with glasses knows my order of by heart when he sees me!! I avoid coming here for lunch because even though the food is good, it’s a hoppin place and the lunch crowd always gets here before l do!

I also love the Suspended Coffee concept, which is this program where customers can buy a coffee token and leave it in a jar for someone who can’t afford a coffee and they can take one and exchange it for the coffee. This gives someone the chance to “buy” a coffee and maintain dignity. I hope more businesses start doing this.

The only real negative for me is that the cafe is so close to where I work, I constantly have cravings to go over and grab something!

—Lisa, Google Reviews

 

2.  The WoodRack Café

The WoodRack Café's Bread and Coffee
(Source: The WoodRack Café)
BEST FOR  Cafe
PRODUCTS https://www.thewoodrackcafe.com
WEBSITEhttps://www.thewoodrackcafe.com
ADDRESS10335 83rd Ave  Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2C6
CONTACT DETAILS780-977-3787
OPERATING HOURSN/A

Woodrack Café is one of those places where you’d sit for the ambiance and stay for the food.

The boho-inspired interiors provide a free-spirited charm to the place. Their menu items are great and are a hit among locals, and it’s got vegan options for those with dietary restrictions.

With incredible offerings as well as a good place where you can soak up whimsy it’s become one of our picks for the best cafés in Edmonton.

Highlights

  • Huge selection of menu items
  • Vegetarian options
  • LGBTQ-friendly

Customer Reviews 

Check out what makes them so beloved for customers:

Nice place to come in on a rainy day or early morning to get some work done. They do fill up quick so you may want to call in advance to ask how busy they are.

Cinnamon bun was great, wasn’t drenched in sugar and you can actually taste the “bun” part. Food is priced ok and coffee is good. Wouldn’t say it’s my number one choice for a cafe to work at but would definitely come by for casual meet ups.

Staff is friendly and orders come out quick. Their selection of pastries is limited, wish they had some more offerings.it.

—Sukhraj Hothi, Google Reviews

Best cafe in Edmonton. The decor is awesome, it feels very cozy, creating a great atmosphere. Extremely friendly and kind staff. Quick to get your order ready. Nice and quiet, making it the perfect place to do some studying or get some work done. A good number of seats inside so it’s not cramped. Parking is not ideal, but parking in the neighborhood is the way to go. And of course, most importantly, a great cup of coffee. Cinnamon bun is pretty great too. Highly recommend the WoodRack.

—Andrew Thomson, Google Reviews

 

3.  Café Bicyclette

Café Bicyclette's Treats
(Source: Café Bicyclette)
BEST FOR  Cafe
PRODUCTS https://www.cafebicyclette.ca
WEBSITEhttps://www.cafebicyclette.ca
ADDRESS8627 91st NW Edmonton, AB T6C 3N1
CONTACT DETAILS(587)524-8090
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Sunday  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Café Bicyclette is located right smack in the French quarter of Edmonton. They offer a slew of French cafe fare and Quebecois cuisine that’s sure to bring comfort if you’re craving your grandma’s recipes.

Their staff are fluent in French, but will switch to English to cater to those who aren’t French speakers. It does add to the atmosphere, though.

They have great coffee and the poutine is to die for. But let’s not forget how pretty the interior is and how it’ll remind you of picnics by the countryside.

With a selection of delicious comfort food and great customer service, they’re one of our picks for the best cafes in Edmonton.

Highlights

  • French-speaking staff
  • Great ambiance
  • Wide menu offers

Customer Reviews

Find out why customers enjoy this place:

Awesome coffee shop in the French Quarter of Edmonton.  The pastries and coffee are great.  It’s truly bilingual but predominantly french. The menu has great food selections but features some awesome poutines.  Friday’s during the summer the have live entertainment out on the patio and the ambiance is great for an evening of food and drinks and entertainment.  I have been here a few times and it is always great and the service is friendly and courteous.  I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great place to enjoy good food and drinks with a great atmosphere.

—Kirk Dewhurst, Google Reviews

Really charming spot to grab food. We went for brunch and the cafe is located inside the building. Everything is in French however it is easy enough to figure out what each menu item is. The servers all speak English and you can ask them as well.

There is outside seating available that we will probably try when it’s warm again. Otherwise there is a firepit that you can sit by to warm up.

The food was delicious and well priced. Never thought to make an eggs benedict with a croissant. It was a pleasant surprise for the tastebuds.

—Tam, Google Reviews

 

4.  Little Brick

Little Brick's Sandwich Plate
(Source: Little Brick)
BEST FOR  Cafe
PRODUCTS http://littlebrick.ca/lbcafe
WEBSITEhttp://littlebrick.ca/
ADDRESS10004 90th Street, Edmonton, AB.
CONTACT DETAILS780-705-1230 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday2Sun: 8am to 2pm

Little Brick is a café, general store and event space that’s located right in the heart of Edmonton.

They’re a staunch believer of the philosophy of keeping things simple. Hence the outdoorsy, backyard setting in simple picnic tables — it provides a homey touch to this place.

You’ll find great coffee and high-quality meals at this place. Reservations can also be made in this area.

You’ll enjoy the hokey and quirky charm of this cafe, and you’ll stay for the food. Their great service and food definitely make them one of the best cafes in Edmonton.

Highlights

  • Grocery shop available
  • Cozy atmosphere
  • Wide selection of menu items

Customer Reviews 

Take a look at what people are saying about their service:

Went for brunch with my friend at the little brick cafe. It feels like your not in Edmonton anymore, more like a cute little town outside of it. It honestly reminds me of a place you would find in the middle of nowhere in bc. Quin got the eggs Benedict with THICK cut bacon. It looks so fancy with the radishes along the outside. This place really provides delicious food at a higher standard of quality while looking like high dining.

Have lots of space both indoor and out. I can’t wait to bring more friends here.  Well worth checking out.

—Justice Hemming, Google Reviews

Always an excellent experience. Has lots of outdoor seating. Parking is on the street so accessibility could be a challenge. Neat old house with an interesting history and neighborhood. Often has special events as well. Has outdoor fire pits which would be fun. Would return. It is definitely a destination as the is not much else around. Well worth the time though.

—Ryan Sorrenson, Google Reviews

 

5.  Café Blackbird

Café Blackbird's Sandwich
(Source:Café Blackbird)
BEST FOR  Cafe
PRODUCTS https://www.cafeblackbird.ca
WEBSITEhttps://www.cafeblackbird.ca
ADDRESS9640 142 ST NW Edmonton, AB T5B 4B2
CONTACT DETAILS780.451.8890 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSM2F: 8am – 4pm S2S:

Next on our list of the best cafes in Edmonton is Café Blackbird.

With handcrafted menu items made only from the freshest ingredients that are sourced locally, they offer some amazing food. You know you’re getting delicious, fresh meals when you eat here.

If you want something familiar enough to be comforting but also want something filling, this is the perfect place to go. Their menu items are a hit with many Edmontonians.

Highlights

  • Locally sourced produce
  • Small batch coffee
  • Takeout and Curbside pickup available

Customer Reviews 

Take a look at what people are saying about their service:

Cafe Blackbird is one of my favourite spots for breakfast in Edmonton. The food is fresh, they have lots of tasty dishes, and the atmosphere is lively and lovely. Enjoy a morning latte indoors or outside on their patio on a sunny day. Love the touch of using microgreens grown in-house– this place is a local gem of the west side!

—Kimmy Nguyen, Google Reviews

Pretty decent spot for brunch. Very small menu, so the selection process is easy. Pretty decent variance in the items offered given how small the kitchen is. The chef is an absolute star. Having worked in food service the professionalism and attention to detail was evident.

My wife and I both had the same dish and it was presented identically. Both poached eggs were the same temperature (as requested) absolutely bang on. The use of sousvide was properly executed. The coffee was very good. Wait staff was as attentive as could be. The atmosphere was light and quiet. We didn’t see any kids or overtly friendly kids areas. Something to keep in mind.

Parking was fantastic, as was general access.

—Adam F, Google Reviews

 

6. Transcend Coffee

BEST FOR  Coffee and Roastery
PRODUCTS https://transcendcoffee.ca/pages/our-menu
WEBSITEhttps://transcendcoffee.ca/
ADDRESSTranscend Garneau – 8708 – 109 Street Edmonton, AB T6G 1E9

Transcend Ritchie Market – 9570 76 Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T6C 0K2

CONTACT DETAILSTranscend Garneau – 780.756.8882 | [email protected]

Transcend Ritchie Market – 780.430.9198 | [email protected]

OPERATING HOURSTranscend Garneau – Mon-Sun: 10AM to 5PM

Transcend Ritchie Market – Mon-Sun: 10AM to 5PM

Each time you buy a cup of coffee at Transcend, you help change the future of the coffee industry.

Transcend Coffee believes that sustainability starts with the financial stability of coffee producers. Their coffee model allows them to establish meaningful relationships with coffee producers around the world and gives them access to some of the best coffee in the world in a genuinely​ sustainable way.

If you’re looking for exciting flavours in coffee, then you’ve come to the right place.

Highlights

  • Genuinely cares about their community
  • Passionate about what they do
  • Sourcing and roasting some of the world’s best specialty coffees for over a decade

Customer Reviews 

Take a look at what people are saying about their service:

We just had the best coffee today at Trascend. Family business. Very nice people. Made coffee with care and love. Late superb with excellent foam!! Thank you so much.

—Minh Vo, Google Reviews

Enjoyed my stay here. The bench seats are comfortable and the coffee was delicious and fresh. Good atmosphere and subtle background music made it easy to concentrate on work.

—Howard Suissa, Google Reviews

 

7. Chocorrant Pâtisserie + Cafe

BEST FOR  Pâtisserie and Cafe
PRODUCTS https://www.chocorrant.com/menu-1
WEBSITEhttps://www.chocorrant.com/
ADDRESS10328 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R2
CONTACT DETAILS780.908.2253 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSTues-Sun: 9AM to 4PM

Opened in April 2017, Chocorrant Pâtisserie + Cafe offers fresh house-made croissants and cakes with a unique twist. Their dedicated team makes everything in house with only the finest ingredients.

Located in Edmonton’s art and growing food district on 124 st and 103 ave. Their shop is owned and operated by pastry chef Kai Wong and her brother David.

Highlights

  • Reasonably priced treats
  • Made by culinary professionals

Customer Reviews 

Take a look at what people are saying about their service:

I was looking for a cafe to get breakfast and waist my time look an google and decide to try this place, is really good just as the other reviews said. Order the Bltt sandwich and is just so yummy, the croissant is so fluffy and nice it remind me of the pastries in Paris! For sure I will be going back just to try some of the other pastries they have!!! Everything looks delicious!!!!

—Katherine Hernandez, Google Reviews

Nice small place for quick lunch that doesn’t leave you feeling heavy. This place serves sandwiches on croissants and the texture and flavor on them is on point. They also feature a variety of baked goods that you can grab on the go. Service is really friendly here. Coffee is from Ace roasters. As the Termintor once said to John Connor, “I’ll be back.”

—Charles C, Google Reviews

 

8. Remedy Cafe

Best chai latte! - Review of Remedy, Edmonton, Alberta - Tripadvisor

BEST FOR  Licensed Chai Bar
PRODUCTS https://remedycafe.ca/menu/
WEBSITEhttps://remedycafe.ca/
ADDRESS109th Street
8631 – 109 Street, EdmontonJasper Avenue
10279 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton124th Street
10310 – 124 Street, EdmontonTerwillegar
1707 Towne Centre Blvd, EdmontonSouthgate
5015 – 111 Street NW, EdmontonCCIS Location
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW, Kiosk M-240Sherwood Park Savona Centre
#110, 200 Festival Lane

Whyte Avenue/Raymond Block
10479 82 Avenue, Edmonton

CONTACT DETAILShttps://remedycafe.ca/contact/
OPERATING HOURSVisit their website for more details

Along with their amazing chai, Remedy Cafe has over 120 types of teas and 70 types of beer from all over the globe. For customers with food sensitivities or diet restrictions, they also have gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly meals, drinks, and desserts.

They’ve also made sure that their products are sourced from local and Canadian producers, farmers, gardeners, and bakers.

Highlights

  • Supports local industries
  • Original recipes
  • Supports different charities and organizations

Customer Reviews 

Take a look at what people are saying about their service:

I’ve only been here for their drinks until recently. I tried their butter chicken wrap and was pleasantly surprised by the quality – nicely flavoured food with chicken and everything that is consistently “spread out” through the entire wrap.. Also, their second floor is quite nice.

—Andy L., Yelp

I like the consistency between different locations for Remedy Café – especially the drinks! Huge fan of the hot chai selection tastes fabulous – my favorites being Kashmiri Chai (rose petals & pistachio) or Badamee Chai (almond everything) with variations of milk choices (soy, almond, 1%)!! Some of the mugs are large with nice logos and positive sayings, which I like 🙂
The food has always been delicious! Love how they use the heavy copper-steel plates and handi (I think?) for dipping sauces. The samosas are nice being just spicy enough for me to be able to munch on, but I love the butter chicken dish and (grilled) butter chicken wrap (spicy just righty)! Foods are uber flavorful and delightful – probably the closest I’ve come to Indian/Pakistani fusion 😀

The layout of the restaurant is also really nice – your choice of tall tables and bar stools, variety of chairs and sit-down tables, vintage cushy lounge chairs and coffee tables, nice mood lighting (not too bright, dim or high color temperature), lower floor, upper floor, etc XD

Nice central location near the university and Whyte Ave, which is probably it’s greatest downfall as well (being flooded by 109 Street traffic and tons of students during exam periods)…

However this café is still one of my top favorite cafes! ^_^

—Jessie O., Yelp

 

9. Block 1912 Cafe & Bakery

BEST FOR  Cafe and Bakery
PRODUCTS http://block1912.com/menu-marquee
WEBSITEhttp://block1912.com/
ADDRESS10361 Whyte Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB — T6E 1Z9
CONTACT DETAILS780 433 6575 | [email protected] | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Thursday 9am – 11pm

Friday & Saturday 9am – 12am

Sunday & Holidays 10am – 11pm

Block 1912 Cafe & Bakery offers some of the best desserts, coffee drinks, gelato, soups, and sandwiches in all of Edmonton. Their team makes sure that all their dishes are made with the finest ingredients.

Relax, unwind, and bond with your family and friends by visiting their shop today! They have an extensive menu for you to choose from. You can be sure that you can pick one that appeals to your tastebuds regardless if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Highlights

  • Warm and cozy ambiance
  • Friendly and polite service
  • Amazing food

Customer Reviews 

Take a look at what people are saying about their service:

One of my favorites for cozy and intimate in the city.

Feels like more and more coffee shops are going to the streamlined minimalist style eliminating the comfortable chairs – that’s why I love this place so much. It’s still very much a gathering place with an array of mismatched furniture and tables large enough to accommodate a larger group.

Avid reader? Bring a book or two to exchange in their library. Looking for a late night dessert place? Indulge in their decadent (and often catering to gluten/dairy/vegan stomachs also). Looking for a true gelato or sorbet? Stop by to check out their daily selection.

❤️

—Tracie Ryll, Google Reviews

We came here on Valentine’s and I’m so glad we did. It was busy but enough turnaround for a spot to sit. While in line, they had two vases of roses which were available to give to your Valentine for free. That was a very nice touch. Sweet desserts, hot teas, and a live performer in the company of your favorite person, made an excellent evening.

—Ley Dla, Google Reviews

 

10. CafeRista

BEST FOR  Cafe
PRODUCTS https://www.caferista.ca/menu
WEBSITEhttps://www.caferista.ca/
ADDRESS14213 – 103 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, Alberta
CONTACT DETAILS780-761-1155 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURS

CafeRista opened in September 2010 with the mission to spread good local espresso, locally roasted artisan coffee and fresh food to Edmonton’s West End. They are a family owned and operated business who pride themselves in being integrated in the community where they operate.

They have worked with our roasters to source out coffee that is reasonably priced, environmentally friendly, and locally roasted. Their team wants people to feel good about the coffee in their cup!

Highlights

  • Offers take out and catering
  • Specialises in the fresh and prompt service of breakfast and lunch
  • Offers a wide range of food at an inexpensive price

Customer Reviews 

Take a look at what people are saying about their service:

One of my favorites for cozy and intimate in the city.

I had a coffee and the Italian breakfast sandwich. It was busy early on a Saturday morning, and the taste was probably the reason for that. Reasonable prices, desserts, sandwiches, coffee (including espresso drinks). A cozy gem! I will definitely be back.

—David Turner, Google Reviews

Amazing. Cold drinks are original and to die for! Sandwiches are phenomenal. I haven’t had a chance to try any of the desserts yet, but I will!

Staff are polite and kind with service to your table even during the lunch rush. Picked up a couple packs of reusable metal straws – with cleaning brushes (and silicone tips for those of us with metal allergies and expensive dental work.)

Can’t say enough good about this little gem. Shaded patio, comfy interior. Just off of 142 street. Ample parking and listed on Skip the Dishes. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.

—Vera Shaw, Google Reviews

 

11. L’Espresso Organic Cafe

BEST FOR  Organic Coffee Beans
PRODUCTS http://espressoorganiccafe.com/menu-1
WEBSITEhttp://espressoorganiccafe.com/
ADDRESS Main Floor, Chancery Hall 

#3 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB  T5J 2C3

CONTACT DETAILS(780) 429-0007 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSComtact for more information

If you’re looking for organic coffee that eclipses any retail offering, L’Espresso Organic Cafe is the place to be. With their hand picked beans taken from their organic distributor in Calgary, Alberta, you’re guaranteed to be overwhelmed by the amount of coffee bean options they have for you.

From flavors such as Amaretto Almond to classics like Hazelnut coffee beans, L’Espresso has you covered. Aside from their coffee, the cafe also provides catering services for special moments or occasions.

Highlights

  • Organic coffee beans
  • Good food selections
  • Friendly staff

Customer Reviews 

Here’s a review from one of L’Espresso Organic Cafe’s clients:

“We were looking for a nice lunch and we got it. Food recommendations were Good, food was great, and the coffee was alright. Decor sets a nice environment.”

Here’s another one:

“I really like this place! Friendly staff, great seating Ann’s atmosphere. Coffee is good. Will try the food next time”

 

12.  Cafe O’Play

BEST FOR  Cafe
PRODUCTS http://www.cafeoplay.ca/
WEBSITEhttp://www.cafeoplay.ca/
ADDRESS5667 Riverbend Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5K4, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS Phone 780-758-PLAY (7529)

Fax 780-758-7528

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday (10am to 3pm)

Cafe O’Play is a perfect cafe for both adults and kids. It has a spacious working space and at the same time has an indoor playground that is suitable for kids. Cafe O’Play caters to events and parties as well.

Highlights

  • Friendly staff
  • Play Area

Customer Reviews 

Here’s a review from one of Cafe O’Play’s  customers:

“Best place ever, my son loves this place, he is so excited every time when we go cafe o play! Great place for birthday party, moms gathering!!”

-Christine Shi

Here’s another one:

“Always a great experience. My son loves the play area and it’s nice to have a place to go on days where the weather is less than desirable to have a coffee and let him burn off some energy.”

-Sean Stevens

 

13. Board N Brew Cafe

BEST FOR  Food and beverages
PRODUCTS https://www.boardnbrewcafe.ca/menu
WEBSITEhttps://www.boardnbrewcafe.ca/
ADDRESS9929 103 Street Edmonton, AB
CONTACT DETAILS(780) 757-8262
OPERATING HOURS Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm-11:00pm

Friday-Saturday: 12:00pm-1:00am

Sunday: 11:00am-11:00pm

Board N Brew is a cafe nestled in Edmonton. They aim to provide a space for people looking for a place to spend their time on with their loved ones. 

At Board N Brew, you can get to enjoy scrumptious treats and beverages while having to enjoy a lot of board games that you can get to pick from.

Highlights

  • Delicious food and beverages
  • Perfect space for board gamers
  • $7 flat rate per person

Customer Reviews 

Here’s a review from one of Board N Brew Cafe’s clients:

These guys are awesome! They are knowledgable and will run through how to play various games. And not just explanations but actually go through at least 1 round with you so you fully understand how the game play works. They also have good recommendations based on how many players you have. If you’re looking for a board game night, this is the place to go!

Here’s another one:

“Really nice boardgame cafe! It is a flat fee of $7 I think, so this is a nice spot to go if you are planning to stay for a long period of time. The staff are all very kind. They have a nice selection of boardgames; there weren’t as many as some other places have, but we had enough new ones to try out for 3-4 hours 😀 Their games are organized with a legend (such as strategy, chance, etc) and there is a shelf for new arrivals too.”

 

And our list for the best cafes in Edmonton is now complete! Whether you want to sip coffee by a corner window or catch up with friends over lattes, these best cafes Edmonton definitely are a good place to meet up.

Are there any other great options that we missed, though? Send us a message and we’ll update the article promptly.

And if you came here specifically because you want a good place for breakfasts, try our list of the best breakfast spots in Edmonton too! There are a few cafes in there as well.