What defines a great cafe? Exceptional coffee, a great selection of comfort food, comfy furniture, and of course, a welcoming vibe that feels like family. Many local cafes in Alberta provide that home away from home feeling while serving up some great food and drink using locally sourced ingredients. Many of them are also family-owned and operated and not a part of a larger chain. 

Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a place to get some work done, there are plenty of cafes amongst Alberta’s budding craft coffee scene that fit the bill. We have selected some notable establishments that locals and visitors can enjoy and support upon their next visit.


Above & Beyond a Typical Cafe — Alforno Bakery & Cafe

Alforno Bakery & Cafe is a staple in the Eau Claire community of Calgary. The ownership group here have been active members of the downtown Calgary culinary scene since 1993. Going above and beyond your average coffee shop, Alforno offers plenty to eat including house-made pastries, bread, and a generous selection of lunch & dinner menu items such as pizza and pasta. Although the coffee is great here, be sure to also look at their artisan wine, beer, and spirit collection. 

The bright and spacious layout makes Alforno an ideal spot for a coffee-meetup with friends or even a place to hold a video meeting.

Where can you find them? 222 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0E4

A Local Favorite – Caffe Beano

When thinking of Cafes in Calgary, Caffe Beano is one of the first to come to mind. In business for more than 30 years, they are the second oldest independent coffee shop in the city and located in the heart of Calgary’s 17th Avenue. A popular spot with loyal locals, they serve customers 365 days a year. A great place for coffee, baked goods, or both, the chocolate espresso milkshake is a must-try. It is safe to say that Caffe Beano hasn’t stuck around this long for no reason. 

Whether visiting, new to the area, or new to the coffee scene, this place provides a local vibe like no other. Since great conversations from indoors usually spill out onto the sidewalk, it will be hard to miss!

Where can you find them? 1613 9 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1E1

Experience A Unique Cafe Setting – Neighbour Coffee

Originally opening in 2017 as a grab & go establishment, Neighbour Coffee recently undertook a renovation that now makes the space look more like a minimalist greenhouse with seating for its clientele. Along with its new (more Instagram-worthy) look, this Altadore area Cafe also went ahead and expanded its menu to feature breakfast and lunch items that include rice bowls, soups, salads, smoothies, and more. Despite being based on the west coast, their coffee is inspired by Eastern Canada, more specifically, Anchorage Coffee, a business in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Even though they’ve only been around for a few short years, Neighbour coffee has quickly become a Calgary favorite. When looking to support small businesses in Calgary, be sure to add this Cafe to your itinerary.

Where can you find them? 4038 16 St SW, Calgary, AB T2T 4H4


Start Your Morning Right – Coffee Bureau

The perfect place to start your day in Edmonton, Coffee Bureau is a popular family-owned and operated cafe on Jasper Avenue. The ambiance at this joint is second to none. Visitors will quickly notice the 1950s Italian brass chandelier hanging from the ceiling when they first walk in. The smiling staff whips up some amazing locally roasted coffee at a great price. Their menu also includes freshly baked goods including muffins, cookies, croissants, and more. 

The service here is quick, but the vibe is relaxed. So, take your time, enjoy a chat with a friend or even bring along a book.

Where can you find them? 10505 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Z4

A Vegan Option for All – The Moth Cafe

The Moth is one of the most unique cafes in Edmonton. What makes it different? Their menu items are completely vegan, focusing on plant-based food and drink, including elixirs made with wholesome raw ingredients. You don’t need to be vegan to visit. The Moth offers up a bright and welcoming space, ideal for anyone looking to add something healthier to their dine-in or take-out experience. Their menu is extensive with plenty of teas and blended drinks to choose from. If you are looking for something more, then be sure to check out their breakfast or lunch offerings as well. The cozy lounge area is perfect for sipping on your favorite drink and working on projects or chatting with friends.

When permitted, they are also known for hosting community events including craft workshops, poetry nights, and plant swaps.

Where can you find them? 9449 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5H 3T8

A Cafe with A Side of Historical Significance – Little Brick Cafe & General Store

As the name may suggest, Little Brick Cafe & General Store is located in an old brick house. Built in the River Valley in 1903, you may be surprised to learn that this location is the former family home of J.B. Little, the man who owned the on-site brickyard. He made and provided bricks for the renovation and construction of some of Edmonton’s historical buildings. In the heart of Edmonton, the house with the red bricks still stands today. Though it now operates as a popular local cafe, there are a few unique characteristics that make it stand out from other small businesses in Edmonton. Of course, locals and visitors will find amazing coffee and baked goods here, but there is also a fantastic selection of food to satisfy both your breakfast and lunch desires. Did we mention their food is always fresh and predominantly sourced from local farms? During all seasons of the year, guests can eat outdoors in the popular backyard area which has been home to some great conversations that have probably gone on for longer than they should have!

Perhaps what makes Little Brick most unique is its on-site general store. Going beyond its function as a cafe, they also have shelves stocked with baking ingredients, basic groceries, body-hygiene products, and houseware. When permitted, they also have event space for rent.

Where can you find them? 10004 90 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 4P4

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