From Calgary to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, here are our favourite spots for espresso alfresco.
Photo: Neighbour Coffee
Neighbour Coffee, Calgary —Nestled into the Altadore and Marda Loop communities, this grab‑and‑go coffee shop is famed for delicious cold brew and avocado toast that’s topped with a poached egg and chili flakes. Take your coffee and snacks outside and enjoy the streetside benches and tables.
Photo: Little Brick Café
Little Brick Café & General Store, Edmonton —Located in Edmonton’s Riverdale neighbourhood, this quaint coffee shop offers much more than just espresso – soup, salad and sandwiches reign supreme here. Head to the back patio, decked with rustic picnic tables and lined with trees, flowers and fresh herbs.
Café Pamenar, Toronto —Café Pamenar is conveniently located outside of the always stylish Kensington Market. A local favourite since its opening in 2011, Pamenar serves the usual coffee‑shop fare along with cocktails and bites, including tartare and small sandwiches. Take your coffee to go on the vine‑covered patio for some of the best people‑watching.
Photo: Dominique Lafond
Club Social P.S., Montreal —Around back from Elena restaurant, this hidden Saint‑Henri oasis with a lush herb, fruit and vegetable garden does three things really well: coffee, pizza and wine. Order inside and enjoy a slice of al taglio pizza with a cup of De Mello Palheta coffee (or a glass of natural wine) on the light‑flooded, concrete and natural‑wood sunken terrasse.
Nº 9 Coffee Bar, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia —Fresh‑baked cakes and viennoiseries, friendly staff and a decidedly cozy patio tucked into a humble backyard garden: There’s a lot to love about Nº 9 Coffee Bar. Located in the heart of Old Town Lunenburg, it’s an exceptional escape from the bustle of the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site.