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Winnipeg’s Best Coffee Shops

Coffee’s “third wave” revival has washed over Winnipeg, bringing with it a tide of passionate baristas ready to serve the city silky, swirled lattes and aromatic single-origin roasts. Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or a caffeine-appreciative aesthete, you’ll love sipping a carefully crafted brew at any one of these slick, well-designed cafes.

Cafe Postal

Tucked inside a charming brick building in St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French Quarter, Cafe Postal makes use of every one of its 430 square feet. Reclaimed elm gives the counter and street-facing bar a touch of Winnipeg chic, perfect for sitting and sipping cafe au lait or rich chocolat chaud. Expertly executed espresso drinks are on offer here, augmented by seasonally offered signature drinks spiked with creative housemade flavourings. A small selection of pastries is supplied by nearby La Belle Baguette.

Location: 202 Provencher Blvd, 204-414-3654

Fools + Horses

Order an espresso drink at one of Fools + Horses’ two locations (on Broadway and at The Forks) and watch the barista pull a shot from the ‘modbar,’ a gleaming, tap-like configuration that puts their precision on display. The Broadway location boasts ample seating as well as a short food menu and wine and beer on tap. Drinks are made with beans from Toronto-based Pilot Coffee Roasters.

Location: 101-379 Broadway; 1 Forks Market Rd

Forth

Elevated design and touches of warmth coalesce at Exchange District spot Forth, an expansive and airy brick heritage building retrofitted to house a cafe, coffee roaster, event space and downstairs bar. Dogwood Coffee Co. coffee beans are roasted on site. Grab a bold Americano or an herby rosemary ginger latte, served in an earthenware cup, and browse shelves of specialty food products and accessories by local makers. A short-and-sweet menu offers light lunch items and fancy toasts.

Location: 171 McDermot Ave

Little Sister Coffee Maker

Both locations of this sweet and playful cafe are always bustling with shoppers pausing for a caffeine hit and friends catching up over impeccable espresso drinks and pastries. Scandi design influence can be seen in Little Sister’s blond wood finishings and pops of pastel. Seasonal flavoured lattes like honey lavendar and cascara have achieved their own fan followings. At the South Osborne location, a full menu and wine and beer offerings provide even more reason to linger.

Location: 470 River Ave, 539 Osborne St

Make Coffee + Stuff

The art in the cup matches the art on the walls at this unique Corydon Avenue spot that’s half coffee shop half art gallery. Make Coffee + Stuff’s narrow, minimalist space often plays host to exhibits from up-and-coming local artists, designers or architects. Grab a frothy cappuccino made with beans sourced from Canadian roasters and browse through design mags while lounging in this ultra-cool space.

Location: 751 Corydon Ave, 204-414-0101

Park Line Coffee

A small strip mall space on South Osborne plays host to Park Line Coffee, a friendly neighbourhood coffee shop amped up with mod furnishings, local art on the walls and sweet offerings from nearby bakeries. In the summer, you can grab a scoop of gelato from Corydon Avenue mainstay, Nucci’s. Offers a full range of espresso drinks including a range of sweet syrups for flavoured lattes and cappuccinos.

Location: 685 Osborne St, 204-421-8383

Parlour Coffee

This impeccably styled, minimalist coffee shop is a favourite Main Street pit stop for the Exchange District’s stylish and hip. Drinks at Parlour are made with locally roasted beans from nearby Dogwood Coffee Co. and other small-batch Canadian coffee roasters. Grab an espresso drink and a pastry sourced from a local bakery.

Location: 468 Main St

Scout Coffee + Tea

This West End spot is part cafe, part playground. Catering to young families, Scout Coffee + Tea offers a spot for parents and caregivers to relax and chat over a hot drink while kids play. Drip coffee and espresso drinks are made with beans from local roaster Black Pearl Coffee. Grab a babycinno—a small steamed milk—for your little one. The menu also features smoothies and baked goods from local bakeries.

Location: 859 Portage Ave, 204-914-3800

Thom Bargen Coffee + Tea

This well-styled cafe offers a calm oasis with bright, light decor touched with greenery and beautifully executed coffee drinks. Serves coffee from Canadian roasters like Phil & Sebastian and 49th Parallel. Thom Bargen has three chic locations, from the flagship nook on Sherbrook Street, to the window-wrapped Kennedy Street location, where marble-topped tables and a living plant wall give major #vibes. The location under Portage and Main, Winnipeg’s most famous intersection, offers office workers a perfect pit stop for their daily caffeine pick-me-up.

Location: 64 Sherbrook St, 250 Kennedy St, 365 Main St (Portage and Main Circus)