I get asked all the time what my favourite cafes are in Calgary. So here is a list of some of the places that are a “must” to anyone who is a local of visiting form out of town.
They may be one of Calgary’s newest cafes & roasters, but they sure know what they’re doing! Caleb and Kitty are husband & wife team that have a clear passion for coffee and a real love for people. The customer service here is second-to-none. What’s really neat is that you can see their two San Franciscan Roasters right there in the back half of the cafe. They roast in very small batches (which ensures a very high quality) and offer their beans for retail on site. What’s great is that there is ample FREE parking in the gravel lot behind the cafe! This alone makes this place worth a visit.
When I moved to Calgary four years ago, and knew I’d be working in the NW (Crowfoot area) I made a point to find a cafe that could be my second-office. I was shocked to find out that there weren’t many good cafes in much of the NW. I was relieved when I found Euphoria and that it was only 9 minutes away from my work. This place uses Rosso beans, and the owner Matt has a great team that does a bang-up job. There is ample seating, and lots of coffee & food options. You can always find a free spot to park out front. I love to support local, and these guys deserve it!
Certainly one of the big names in coffee in Calgary. Monogram is what happens when three former Phil & Sebastian employees venture into the coffee scene with their own beans and multiple locations. Jeremy Ho, Ben Put, and Justin Eyford have done everything right in making a name for themselves in Calgary (and across North America). The amount of talent that comes out of these cafes is ridiculous. Their 5th Ave downtown location offers a free tasting experience the last Monday of every month at Noon. I’ve been, and it’s a great experience.
A local favourite of many Calgarians! Two U of C Engineers ventured out into the coffee business and have never looked back. From humble Farmers Market beginnings to now what is a globally recognized brand, these cafes are truly a gift to Calgary. Make sure to visit the Simmons Building location in East Village. It’s their Roastery HQ and a great place to people watch. They offer tours (free & paid) as well, which can be found on their website.
Home to the current Canadian Barista Champion (Cold Torode) these cafes are also located throughout the city. Their beans are also used throughout the city in many other independent cafes. Make sure you try out their Limited Edition roasts. Some of the most amazing coffee’s I’ve ever had. If you visit their Ramsay location you can enjoy the smells of roasted coffee as it also serves as their main roastery as well as a great cafe.
Coffee, in a drug store? Yup, and their retail bean selection is one of the most varied in the city. They feature a great selection of Canadian and American roasters as well as some from oversees. Many of them are only available in Calgary from their Bridgeland location. And what’s also amazing is that Luke’s offers soft-serve ice cream. If you’re lucky enough to visit when their serving the Charcoal & Super-Milk option, don’t pass on it. My kids beg me to take them for it.