In Ottawa, we have our cult favourite coffee shops. They're usually the most popular ones, where you struggle to find a seat. Your local Starbucks is usually where you end up, but that doesn't have to be the only option you have.
Cafes all have a different vibe to them. Their coffee obviously is what matters, but the vibe is just as important. Being able to say you found a new coffee shop that no one knows about is so hipster, but also rewarding. Whether you want to catch up over coffee with your BFF or study at one of these "hidden" cafes, you'll fall in love. Hidden doesn't mean they're actually hidden, just completely underrated and amazing.
Blumenstudio // 465 Parkdale Ave
Blumenstudio is a floral shop that's also a cafe. If you love nature and you have an equal love for caffeine, this is the place to be.
The Art House Café // 555 Somerset St W
The Art House Café is a hub for creative people. You can meet with clients here, to do work here, and really focus in this environment. Located in an old house, you'd never guess this was a cafe. This cozy place has every drink you could ever want.
Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar // 1073 Bank St
This used book store is also a cafe, which is the best combination. Reading a book while drinking a hot beverage is so relaxing, and you can also come here to do some work as well. At night, this place turns into a spot where live music happens, book launches, panels, and more.
Biscotti & Cie // 6 Chemin Scott
This absolutely adorable cafe is located in Chelsea, and it's only a 20 minute drive from Ottawa. Basically hidden in a fairytale land forest, this dream of a cafe is one that you need to put on your bucket list.
Alice's Village Cafe // 3773 Carp Rd
This cafe definitely isn't hidden, however, since it's located in Carp a ton of people don't know it exists. If you're someone that lives in the city, Alice's Village Cafe is one you need to make a trip for.
The Dreamland Cafe // 200 Laurier Ave W
Located in the heart of downtown, The Dreamland Cafe is a new one that needs to be put on your BFF bucket list. Run by two sisters, this place is an actual dream. It fits right onto your Instagram theme, and is definitely the girliest coffee shop in Ottawa. It's also "hidden" in a business building, which gives it an extra touch!
Little Victories Boutique Cafe // 1111A Wellington St W
Little Victories Boutique Cafe is a coffee company from Ottawa that moves around in order to let people try their coffee. Right now, they're located in Hintonburg and their coffee is to die for.
Wag Cafe and Pet Lounge // 1071 Bank St
Wag Cafe and Pet Lounge is a dog cafe in Ottawa that you need to experience. You can grab a coffee, sit down, and play with the dogs or bring your own!
Stella Luna Gelato Cafe // 1130 Wellington Street West
Stella Luna Gelato Cafe recently opened a second location in Hintonburg, and it's absolutely stunning. Yes, you can get gelato but you can also get coffee and tea which makes for a bomb Insta pic!
Bar Robo // 692 Somerset St W
Cafe by day, bar by night. This place is amazing. Bar Robo takes cereal to the next level with putting it in London Fog's, on donuts, and you'll love the aesthetic for sure. Not hidden, but completely underrated.
Café British // 79 Principale St
Probably the best coffee shop in Gatineau. Low key, this place is for sure underrated and even the decor is amazing. They have everything from sandwiches to coffee, and there is no way you'll want to leave this stunning coffee shop as soon as you step inside.