There are fantastic coffee shops spread right across the city. Below we’ve listed 13 of the best coffee shops in Kingston, Ontario.
1. Crave Coffee House & Bakery
Craving a hot cup of coffee? Crave Coffee House offers a vast array of coffees and bitings. The coffee shop has a large seating area ideal for large groups, students, and others.
Enjoy a rich blend of freshly brewed coffee from the best coffee growing areas around the world. The coffee shop has many bitings to choose from including baked treats, sandwiches, and salads. The full-service kitchen also offers a variety of tasty meals to choose from.
Have a cappuccino or a latte and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at Crave Coffee Shop.
Location and hours: Crave Coffee House and Bakery is located on 166 Princess Street. Contact the cafe to make inquiries about their hours and menu
2. North Roast Coffee Roaster
In 1977, a small cafe in Kingston expanded into a coffee merchant company. The outfit has since expanded to a wholesale facility that also has an Espresso Bar in a custom shipping container.
North Roast Coffee Roaster has developed strong relationships with both growers and suppliers to ensure clients get only the best coffee. CoffeeCo Espresso Bar offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience. From the coffee to the custom roastery, the intense aroma is unique to this cafe.
The shop gives visitors the chance to examine the green coffee bags which are also on sale.
At the Espresso Bar, guests can enjoy fresh espresso shots and perfect cappuccinos made using local, organic milk. If you would like to sit in and have your coffee, the large community table gives you space to sit and savor your coffee.
Location and hours: Contact North Roast Coffee Roaster on 721 Progress Avenue K7M 6S4 and order your coffee to go.
3. Northside Espresso And Kitchen
This shop is inspired by the coffee culture in Melbourne, Australia where coffee is a way of life. Enjoy breakfast accompanied by high-quality coffee and friendly service. Everyone at Northside is extremely passionate about coffee, but they also understand that breakfast is supposed to be lighthearted and relaxed.
In addition to the coffee, Northside has a seasonal menu offering fresh made-to-order delicacies. They also serve beer and exciting cocktails.
Prices begin at $8 for an espresso with chocolate mascarpone, broken pavlova, and candied hazelnuts.
Location and hours: The Northside Espresso and Kitchen is located on 281 Princess Street K7L 1B5. The coffee shop remains closed on Mondays but is open for the rest of the week from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm on weekdays, and 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on weekends. The kitchen closes at 3:00 pm every day.
4. Juniper Cafe
What could be better than coffee and a lakeside view? Enjoy great coffee and delicious food at Kingston’s only waterfront cafe with a patio. The team at the coffee shop is focused on quality and sustainability as well as respect for the community and the environment.
Enjoy a diverse menu created from fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and businesses. The cafe serves gluten-free and vegan options. The menu is divided into a daytime menu, an after 5 menu, and the dessert section.
The coffee menu includes Espresso for $2.50, Macchiato at $3, freshly brewed coffee at $2.25, and more. The food menu includes a breakfast sandwich with double-smoked bacon and aged cheddar, fresh salads, and sandwiches with a choice of vegetable fillings, chicken, beef, and more.
Location and hours: The Juniper Cafe is located on 370 King Street West. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Contact the restaurant to make a reservation or order in advance.
5. The Elm Cafe
This family-run coffee shop in Kingston serves coffee that will blow away your expectations. The trendy cafe has something for coffee lovers everywhere. This coffee shop is perfect for breakfast or lunch.
The coffee is owned by Matthew and Logan who have worked in hospitality for over 10 years. They are both passionate about good food and great coffee. When they are not whipping up cappuccinos, the couple is serving the community.
The menu includes delicious baked goods, salads, soups, sandwiches and more.
Location and hours: The Elm is located on 303 Montreal Street K7K 3G9. The coffee shop is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Elm is open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Contact this coffee shop to make inquiries about pricing.
6. Balzac’s Coffee Roasters
Legend has it that Honoré de Balzac consumed a lot of coffee which allowed him to stay up and compose great literature. According to him, “the cafe is the people’s parliament”. This inspired Diana Olsen to open a coffee shop that captured his sentiments.
Balzac’s is a place where diverse people can converse and celebrate culture. Some of the members of staff have over 20 years in the hospitality industry and understand the intricacies of great service.
The coffee menu includes a variety of coffees such as subscriptions blends, single-origin, Atwood Blend, Decaf, and single-serve. These range from Nkonge 6 from Burundi, Bards Blend, Fairtrade Organic Coffee, Guatemalan Antigua, and Bolivian Caranavi among others.
The coffee shop also caters to special events such as weddings, social events, fundraisers, and more.
Location and hours: Balzac’s Kingston is located on251 Princess Street K7L 1B4. The coffee shop is open Monday to Sunday from 7:30 am – 7:00 pm.
Contact Balzac’s Coffee to make inquiries.
7. Common Ground Coffee House
This popular coffee shop is owned by the student government. Common Ground, fondly referred to as CoGro, is a coffee haven for students. From the music to the menu, the staff understands what students want and need.
This coffee shop is the best option for students looking to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is also ideal if you just want to hang out in between classes.
Cogro offers a wide variety of beverages including an exam-sized coffee for only 30 cents, espresso at $1.80, Americano at $2.00, latte, cappuccino, mocha and more.
Other items on the menu include bagels and toppings, wraps and sandwiches, baked goods, tasty cakes, and salads among others, Food prices start at $1.85 for a bagel with butter and go up to $6 for wraps and sandwiches.
Cogro also offers catering services for student events. Whether you need hot or cold beverages, wraps or baked goods, the coffee shop is happy to provide them at affordable prices.
Location and hours: Common Ground Coffee House is located on 284 Earl Street. The coffee shop is open on weekdays from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm, and 10:00 am – 10:00 pm on weekends.
Get in touch with Cogro to book their catering services or order coffee to go.
8. Gaby’s Cafe
This cafe was started in 2017 with a focus on serving healthy food at pocket-friendly prices. The adorable cafe serves coffee as well as tasty food and delicious desserts. Enjoy your java as you have a chat with the friendly staff. The great atmosphere and decor also make this the perfect spot to relax and read a book.
Whether you enjoy a chai latte or a fancy green tea latte, you will find a little bit of everything on their menu. In addition to coffee and tea, the cafe also serves up cappuccinos, hot chocolate, and delicious chai lattes for between $1.85 and $4.45.
You can also order breakfast lunch or dinner from their menu. Options include the breakfast sandwich, full breakfast, mini BLT, grilled chicken croissant, Japanese curry, taco rice, ham and Swiss cheese sandwich, chicken Caesar wraps, a variety of salads, and sweets.
Food prices range between $2.45 and $10.60.
Location and hours: Gaby’s is located on 791 Princess Street K7L 1E9. The cafe opens Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.
Contact Gaby’s Cafe if you have a catering event or to make a reservation.
9. Musiikki Cafe
Enjoy coffee brewed in-house, specialty espresso drinks or a perfectly frothed latte as you relax on the patio at Musiikki cafe. The name Musiikki is derived from Swahili for music so you can expect some sweet tunes to be playing at the cafe.
Bring your friends for a coffee and stay for the music with Monday night jazz, open mic night on Tuesdays, Folk Night on Wednesdays, and artist’s show features throughout the week. If you prefer to nurse an Irish coffee as you enjoy the music, the cafe is well stocked with a wide selection of whiskeys.
The menu is specially designed with coffee-lovers in mind. You can have a good old coffee, latte or a Maple Knickerboker made from intense espresso paired with maple cream liqueur. Prices range from $2.75 for a coffee to $9 for a warmer.
Location and hours: Musiikki Cafe is located on 73 Brock Street K7L 1R8. The cafe is open every day from 12:00 pm – 2:00 am.
Contact Musiikki Cafe to reserve a table.
10. Tim Hortons
This cafe is part of Canada’s beloved Timmies franchise. There are three other branches in Kingston. The coffee is made from 100% Arabica beans. The cafe’s specialty drinks include lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, and cold coffees.
The cafe is not your ordinary coffee shop. It is part of the Canadian coffee culture. The great atmosphere will have you coming back for a warm cup of java time and again.
Drop into Timmies for breakfast, lunch or supper. The cafe’s menu offers a variety of baked goods, soups, grilled paninis, made-to-order sandwiches, and wraps. There are also a wide variety of salads, and snacks you can take to go including the famous Timbits.
Tim Hortons also offers 100% plant-based burger patties and sausages. Treat yourself to a latte, or the signature french vanilla.
Location and hours: Tim Hortons is located on 111 Innovation Drive K7K 7E6. The coffee shop is open every day from 5:00 am – 11:00 pm.
Contact Tim Horton’s to order a coffee to go.
11. Fardella’s Classic Bakery
Fardella’s is a home-style coffee shop specializing in coffee, baked goods, and tasty meals. The cafe is family-owned and operated which makes it perfect for families with kids.
Fardella’s menu offers all-day breakfast, salads, comfort foods, meal deals, pasta dishes, specials, and more. The cafe also has American-style foods such as bbq, brunch, burgers, and fast foods, and Italian sandwiches a well as vegetarian options.
Prices start from $5 for children’s buttermilk pancakes or fries to $10.99 for a bistro breakfast wrap. Guests can also order from the $15.99 meal deals such as ham and Swiss panini, BLT, chicken caesar wraps, fish and chips, homemade shepherd and more.
Location and hours: Fardella’s is located on 2792 Princess Street K7P 1W0. The cafe is open every day from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm.
Contact the cafe to make further inquiries.
12. Shop and Play Cafe
Taking your kids on a coffee date can be hectic. At Shop and Play the imaginative play space for kids aged 0-8 is perfect for parents who need a little time to attend meetings or work away from the office. The play area also has child-minding services so you can be sure your child is safe at all times.
The locally-owned and operated cafe makes coffee from locally roasted beans and each new pot is made from freshly ground beans. The cafe has a diverse menu that includes gluten-free and vegan smoothies. Kids can also enjoy assorted snack cups, buttermilk biscuits, cookies, and more.
Shop and Play Cafe also caters to events such as birthday parties and baby showers.
Location and hours: This cafe is located on 838 Gardiners Road K7M 3X9. Contact Shop and Play Cafe to make inquiries about their hours and make arrangements for your kid’s next birthday.
13. Geneva Crepe Bistro
This is a unique French-style bistro specializing in amazing espressos, coffees, and even hot chocolates made with authentic Belgium dark chocolate. The cafe is locally-owned and privately-operated. It is dedicated to supporting local farmers through serving fresh seasonal products and locally-sourced meats.
The menu at this cafe offers a diverse array of tasty treats including both Belgian waffles, sweet and savory crepes, seasonal salads, and home-made soups. Geneva Crepe Bistro also offers diverse beverages served with decaffeinated, iced, and lactose intolerant options.
Coffees include espresso, Viennese coffee, pumpkin spiced lattes, and creme brulee latte among others. Prices for coffee begin at $2.95 and go up to $5.25. The 5-star menu also features starters such as Swiss fondue and crostini, specialty salads, panini sandwiches, and signature hot chocolates.
Prices for meals begin at $6 for soups, go up to $19 for a seafood lover’s crepe filled with sustainable, wild-caught seafood.
Location and hours: Geneva Crepe Bistro is located on 297 Princess Street K7L 1B4. The bistro is open every day from 8:30 am – 10:00 pm. Contact the friendly team to make further inquiries.