Nadine Gourkow Discusses the Best Coffee Shops in Canada


It is not a big secret that Canadians love their coffee (it just so happens to be the most consumed beverage after water), so it’s only appropriate that they also have some of the finest coffee shops around. Whether you are in Toronto or Whitehorse, these self-regulating Canadian cafes are serving up luxurious lattes, crave-worthy cappuccinos, and flawless pour-overs with a side of unbelievable centres. Just try to battle the urge to Instagram them — we dare you. In this article, Nadine Gourkow is going to share with us the best coffee shops that Canada has to offer.

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No matter if you are looking for a quick pick-me-up, or you just enjoy drinking your coffee for no special reason, you will find a great place to get a drink on this list. We are going to be honest with you, some of the places on this list will cost you but trust us when we tell you that it is going to be well worth it.

  1. Tommy – If you are in the Montreal area, this is the place you are going to want to go. They have sky-high ceilings that provide amazing natural light in this two-level café that is a sight to see. The only thing cuter than the extensive hanging plants and marble tabletops is the fashionable patrons. We hesitate to use the word hipster, but honestly, there is no better word to describe the clientele.
  2. Odin – Should you find yourself in Toronto, you need to make sure you stop by Odin. This Corktown café and bar is just as well recognised for its sculptural interiors as it is for its espressos. The espressos are made using a Modbar, which is a machine that almost wholly sits underneath the counter but contains a steam and pour-over system that rests on top and is similar to a beer tap.
  3. The Old Apothecary – Located in Halifax, this place will tickle your nose as well as your taste buds. If you cannot be drawn in by the floating smell of freshly-baked bread and pastries, then you will definitely be drawn in by the décor. Head straight upstairs to get a seat in one of the brightly-upholstered antique chairs and check out the assortment of idiosyncratic needlepoint wall art. This shop will delight every one of your senses and you will be happy that you took the time to stop for a drink.
  4. East Van Roasters – One of the première coffee shops in Vancouver. This Gastown maker of coffee and artisanal chocolates has the right combination of classic and cool. The black-and-white checkerboard-patterned floor, uncovered brick, and succulent-topped tables are an Instagrammer’s dream come true. So, snap those pictures and relish in the memory of your trip.


Nadine Gourkow sure loves her coffee and we are happy that she shared some of these local hotspots around Canada. We are looking forward to our next trip across the country to take in the sights and a bit of coffee as well.

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