Caffeination in the Capital

FIVE coffee shops organized by neighbourhood so that no matter which part of town you happen to be in, you will always know where to get decent coffee. Knowledge is power, right? ☕️☕️☕️

Alternatively, hitting up all of these would be a really fun way to spend a Saturday. Morning


1. Equator Coffee (Westboro)

412 Churchill Avenue N

With huge bright windows, awesome coffee, and a vast array of treats, it’s no secret why Equator Coffee is bustling with Ottawans every weekend. Equator is wi-fi equipped and ideal to chill with your laptop on a Saturday morning. 👩🏻‍💻 Oh, and they have a gum ball machine.

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2. Arlington 5 (Centretown)

5 Arlington Avenue

We 💚 Arlington 5. It’s owned by the geniuses behind Wilf & Ada’s (one of Ottawa’s popular brunch spots which you should definitely know by now). That being said, Arlington 5 can totally hold its own. Perfectly steamed cappuccinos and we 100% recommend their breakfast sandwich in all its cheesy oozy-gooey amazingness. 😛



3. Red Door (New Edinburgh)

117 Beechwood Avenue

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Ah, red door. You will always hold a special place in our tarts. I mean hearts – sorry, I had their homemade pop tarts on the brain.

Homemade pop tarts.

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I considered not writing anything else in this description because, you know, homemade pop tarts, but I should also mention their coffee is to-die-for, their sidewalk signs are hilarious, they have all the pastries. Aaaaand Justin Trudeau totally goes here.

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4. Happy Goat (Sandy Hill)

317 Wilbrod Street

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Cute Ottawa restaurant with delicious coffee? Chances are, their coffee is actually from Happy Goat Company, a local Ottawa roaster that supplies caffeination to probably half your favourite restaurants in town (see Wilf and Ada’s and Arlington 5).


But coffee is not all they have. The Sandy Hill location is currently in the process of obtaining it’s liquor license, so you have a good reason to see them in the morning and at night. Also, their Chai Latte, below, was completely cozy deliciousness of life.



5. Origin Trade (Byward Market)

111 York Street


If coffee shops could be sexy, Origin Trade would definitely hit the mark. The interior is gorgeous, with the leather seats, brick walls and dim lighting. It’s the perfect place to order a tall, dark (and handsome) coffee, sit back and… appear mysterious. The coffee is next level deliciousness and their bacon siracha breakfast sandwiches are nomz.


Coffee shop by day, Origin Trade moonlights as a chic wine bar perfect for date night or casual drinks with friends.

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Alright now, enough reading- start caffeinating.


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