Photo Credits: Left – @luxeblooms.flowercafe, Right – @happygoatcoffee
There’s something sweet and sincere about a classic coffee shop date during the winter. It’s an inexpensive and intimate way to get to know someone better, and as a bonus you get to escape the cold for an hour or two!
Ottawa has tons of cute and cozy cafés serving IG-worthy hot drinks to warm you right up. Whether you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for a first date, a new study spot, or simply a place to get your caffeine fix, here are 10 local cafés in Ottawa that you need to put on your coffee date list.
Whoever says oatmeal is a boring breakfast dish has never visited Oat Couture. Equal parts healthy & indulgent, fashionable & fun – this local café creates a brand new category for breakfast in Ottawa. All of their steel-cut oats are locally-sourced and they can accommodate any dietary restriction. From sweet to savoury, hot or cold, their attentive and fun-loving staff are here to make sure that your experience is a memorable one.
Enjoy Oatmeal Bowls, Overnight Oats, Fresh Baked Goods, Sandwiches, Fashionable Lattes and more.
Located at: Old Ottawa South (1154 Bank St) and Centretown West (750 Gladstone Ave)
Little Victories Coffee is a small, independent specialty coffee roaster that is owned and operated by two coffee professionals – one roaster and one barista. They’re dedicated to elevating the coffee culture in Ottawa and contributing to the bustling Canadian coffee scene.
They have two locations that are unique from each other. Their Glebe café serves customers from a shipping container out front on the weekends (weather-permitting), while their flagship location on Elgin Street showcases the beauty of Ottawa’s downtown core in one of the most unique buildings in Ottawa.
Located at: The Glebe (801 Bank St) and Downtown (44 Elgin St)
This beloved little spot has the most comforting energy. Between the shelves of new and used books and aesthetic lattes, you’re bound to have the set up for a perfect date. They also serve craft beer and wine!
Located at: 1073 Bank St
Operating as a café, gallery, and event space, Art House welcomes you to enjoy a vibrant experience by day or night. Hungry guests can enjoy offerings from their menu full of fresh dishes, created in-house with local ingredients. They also serve delicious coffee from local roastery, Happy Goat, including hand-crafted specialty espresso drinks. If you’re in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, be sure to check out their craft cocktail menu serving libations that celebrate the art of mixology.
Located at: 555 Somerset St W
This local coffee biz was created with a goal to create world changing coffee that connects the farmers to the consumers. They roast, deliver, and serve 100% fair trade, organic specialty coffee, so you can feel good about the coffee you’re drinking. With 5 locations across the city, this is the perfect spot to stop by for a quick lunch date or morning coffee run.
Located at: Almonte (451 Ottawa St), Westboro (412 Churchill Ave N), NAC-CNA (1 Elgin St), Stittsville (1523 Stittsville Main St), and Kanata (5114 Kanata Ave)
This warm, laid-back, fairtrade coffee shop is the perfect backdrop for your mid-day coffee date. Their aim is to slowly limit our environmental footprint and protect our farmers. You’ll also be able to enjoy shopping at Pokoloko, located in the same space, for extra special artisan crafts from around the world.
Located at: 339 Richmond Rd
If you’re looking for an IG moment, this pink flower coffee shop is it! Luxe Blooms’ beautiful space is filled with pink flowers, pink neon signs, pink dinnerware, and even pink drinks! You can even purchase fresh flowers, hand tied boquets, infinity roses, and more – ideal if you want to pick up a romantic gift for your date after coffee.
Located at: 254 Dalhousie St
Mantovoni has the perfect elegant space adorned with aesthetic gold and cream decor, making it an amazing spot to cozy up with your partner. They have the BEST gelato in the city along with pastries and cakes to accompany your coffee. With the café being laptop free, it allows you to have an intimate, device-free space to connect with one another.
Located at: 87 Murray St
9. Drip House
Drip House operates as a café and art gallery with 3 locations in Ottawa. Their beautiful locations offer an array of espresso drinks and grab-n-go lunches in a modern, brightly lit interior. All of their locations are also laptop-friendly, making this the perfect local business to support during a study date!
Located at: Hintonburg (340 Parkdale Ave, Unit B), Chinatown (692 Somerset St W), Mechanicsville (121 Parkdale Ave)
Beyond their coffee-brewing expertise, Happy Goat Coffee Co. has always made a conscious effort to keep their cafés as inclusive, progressive, and respectful as possible for customers and employees alike. They have 13 locations across the Ottawa area, all beautifully warm and inviting.
Located at: Laurel (35 Rue Laurel St), Sandy Hill (317 Wilbrod St), Elgin (326 Elgin St), Westboro (307A Richmond Rd), Bank/Hopewell (1124 Bank St), Bank/Staples (403 Bank St), Cumberland (229 Rideau St), Main St. (145 Main St) + more!
Expand your Ottawa date ideas bucket list here.