Coffee Shops, Cafes & Bakeries… Oh my!
One of the best things about 17th is the array of coffee shops and bakeries that are available on the Ave. In no particular order, here are our favourite places to hit up whenever we need a quick pick me up to make it through the day!
Philosafy Coffee’s ambiance makes it the perfect coffee shop to either get some work done or catch up with an old friend. The atmosphere is such a welcoming and constant flow of energy that it provides a unique setting for all kinds of people. Philosafy offers amazing beverages, hot or cold. Plus, when you sign up for their loyalty card, every tenth drink is free. And if that isn’t great enough, now you can get your favourite Philosafy roast delivered right to your door with when you buy a monthly subscription!
Analog on 17th is a coffee fan’s favourite to visit. Their cafe offers a vibrant environment with a mix of tourists and residents vibing in their chill atmosphere. Whether you are a connoisseur of coffee or not definitely stop by and try their carefully crafted, brilliant single-origin coffee. You won’t regret it! Plus, their patio offers a nice view of 17th avenue perfect for people watching during warmer weather!
Caffe Beano has been operating for over 25 years now on 17th avenue. They pride themselves on traditional coffee and homemade baked goods. Caffe Beano has a rustic, hipster vibe that exudes the very essence of comfort. It is one of the greatest places to catch up with a friend or to get to know your next soulmate. The environment is both cozy and welcoming. Check out their patio is dog-friendly and stop by to try their iced Vietnamese coffee during summer or warm up with a fresh cup of joe during the winter!
This Parisian patisserie offers an assortment of freshly baked goodies. From crossiants to epic Madeleines to jams and spreads; Black Sheep is a must to visit for Calgarians. All their products are made in-house from scratch using only premium ingredients. They even offer hot chocolate, french teas and so much more. If that isn’t enough, Black Sheep also offers classes to make madeleines and croissants for when the mood strikes and you want to indulge yourself. Learn traditional french baking today & check this link for when their next demo is available!
Step inside the Devenish to be greeted by the tantalizingly beautiful smell of freshly baked pastries coming from Butter Block. Butter Block is a charming bakery that offers fresh handcrafted croissants, croissant sandwiches, and an array of other baked goods. If you want to be spontaneous, come in onTuesdays for their test run treats for just $2.50!
Not a lot of places in Alberta offer authentic European style artisan baked goods. Needless to say, Rustic Sourdough Bakery is definitely one of them. Whether you’re looking for a tasty sourdough loaf, sweet paisteries, or even a deli sandwich, Rustic can satisfy your needs. Stop by and try one of their tasty treats or pick up one of their delicious lemon poppy seed loaves today.
Have a sweet tooth? Does it feel like a “tea & me” kind of day? Look no further, Ollia has you covered. It’s the place to go for endless flavours of macarons which can be paired with a perfect cup of tea! From their interior design to the display cases, this place is definitely Instagram worthy. Check out their delectable offerings, Macaron 101 and tea blending classes the next time you are on the ave. You won’t regret it!.
Calling all tea lovers, David’s Tea is the place to be when in need of a serious tea break! If tea is more your speed, you can find all types of tea from roobios to white teas. You can smell all their teas offer to find what you’re looking for. Sample some of their seasonal teas next time you are in David’s Tea or check out their Matcha Collection for all your green tea needs!
906 16 Ave SW (inside Urban Fare)
You can never go wrong with Starbucks coffee to give you a boost. The 17th ave location is open late, until 10:30 pm Friday’s & Saturday’s and they are also located inside Urban Fare delivering your coffee fix until 9:30pm. Both locations are spacious and make for a great place to bring your laptop or notebook to get work done! Enjoy a Starbucks refresher on the patio during the summer or cozy up inside with a friend when it’s cool – the choice is yours!
Tim Hortons is always a good idea for a morning pick-me-up, no matter your budget! Check out their location in the Mount Royal Village near the corner of 16th Ave SW and 8th St SW. This location is more of an intimate atmosphere for those quick coffee dates. The Tim’s on 10th street is a bit more open allowing for a breakfast meeting while enjoying a delicious omelette bites. Take in the view of the giant mural across the street from the 10th St location – it’s totally worth it!
Just one of the many hidden gems along 17th ave. European Bakery is filled with all the fresh bread & pastries you can think of. This family- run business makes a variety of different balkan specialities and it’s the ONLY place on the ave, where you can enjoy a delicious burek filled with cheese, beef or potatoes! Check out the European Bakery today, and try it for yourself – you won’t regret it!
This neighbourhood coffee house is not only a place to catch up and connect with a friend but it is one of the most enriching places to meet new people in the community. It’s a place made for connection. With the enticing scent of coffee all around, and the delicious baked goods as well as breakfast and lunch options. Definitely a must visit for all your coffeehouse needs!
We all know the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”! What you may not know is that Universe Restaurants offers an all day brunch option, so you can enjoy a healthy meal no matter what time of the day. With fun and delicious meals such as the Menage à Trois, which is a french crepe served with 2 eggs and sausage or bacon. Try their Universe Pride, which includes french crepe, french toast with whipped cream and a lot of fresh fruits and custard!
Second Cup Coffee Co. on 17th ave incorporates everything you would need for a day of working in solitude without really being alone. The environment is clean, spacious with a lot of natural light pouring in through their big windows facing the corner of 4th street and 17th ave. Not only is this environment welcoming, but their fair trade coffee beans are worth every penny! The coffee is delicious and they also have baked goods to go with your beverage from local bakeries and food vendors. Second Cup is Canadian-proud and they pride themselves for supporting local vendors. For a chance to unplug without unplugging, definitely check out Second Cup Coffee Co.
Yum Bakery is new to the Ave but has been operating since 2009 at the Calgary Farmers Market. This family-run business offers amazing artisan breads from scratch and specialize in a sourdough to die for! Whatever your baked good cravings are, Yum Bakery has the perfect option for you. Check out their Jarred Menu that have tasty pie options which fit perfectly into the jar so you can easily devour your sweet treat in style!
Cookie Mama is a bakery that offers gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and vegan desserts options that are delicious and tasty! Each dessert is made with quality ingredients with no preservatives or additives. From breads to cupcakes, cookies and brownies, Cookie Mama has covered it all. Now they offer a delicious ice cream that is free from dairy, gluten, peanuts and tree nuts, called Vice Cream. It’s 100% plant-based (vegan), kosher and delicious! Try out their flavour of the month, next time you head over to Cookie Mama, you won’t be disappointed!
D Spot Dessert Cafe is where you can get the sweetest and instagram worthy treats on the Ave. D Spot offers amazing dessert creations with quality ingredients for all your sweet craving needs. Open until 2:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays and until Midnight Sunday to Thursday. Visit D Spot today for your dessert needs!
With so many great cafes and bakeries on the Ave, you will be fuelled and ready for the day in no time. Let us know what your favourite Coffee shop and/or Bakery is on 17th Ave and why! Use the hashtag #MeetMeOn17th to create dessert envy in the worst way for your chance to win a $50 gift card to your choice bakery (from the list above). But hurry – contest ends Feb 28, 2020.