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Our Guide to the 10 Best Cups of Coffee in Winnipeg

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Nadine Stacehttps://strictlycanadian.ca/
Nadine first moved to Winnipeg with her family when she was nine years old. Since then, she has grown to call the city her home. She's currently taking up Journalism at the University of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg is the largest city in Manitoba and a cultural hub of central Canada. The geographical center of North America, and the gateway to Western Canada from the eastern provinces, The ‘Peg has more to offer than its modest size suggests. 

Manitoba’s capital offers nightlife, restaurants, and museums. What else? The coffee scene keeps getting better and better! Whether you need a new pre-work morning haunt, or somewhere to warm up during prairie-Canada’s notoriously chilly winters, here’s a list of the best coffee shops to get the best coffee in Winnipeg. 

1. Parlour Coffee

Parlour Coffee

Located on Main Street in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, Parlour Coffee has been caffeinating the hip and historic neighborhood since 2011. Parlour sources the best possible beans from top North American roasters and offers high-quality teas as well from Quebec’s renowned Camellia Sinensis.

Looking around the shop, you’ll be greeted by art from local artists, which is one more way that Parlour Coffee has committed to its community roots. Besides the excellent specialty coffee, they also have a small but tasty breakfast menu of healthy options to accompany your coffee or tea. 

Address: 468 Main St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1B7

Phone Number: +1 204-942-7679

Website: parlourcoffee.ca 

2. Little Sister Coffee Maker

Osborne Village has long been one of the hippest parts of Winnipeg, offering nightlife, shopping, and dining. A great cup of coffee was harder to find outside of some chain spots, but not anymore, thanks to the folks at Little Sister Coffee Maker.

Much of Winnipeg consists of car-centric neighborhoods, with Osborne always being an exception to this. While you’re enjoying walking from shop to shop, why not pop into this centrally located cafe? Little Sister is the perfect place to perk up after visiting local bars, help metabolize some tasty local eats or gain a second wind with which to explore. 

Address: 470 River Avenue, or 539 Osborne Street, Winnipeg MB

Website: littlesistercoffeemaker.ca 

3. Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea

Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea

With locations in Wolseley, the Exchange District, and downtown, Thom Bargen Coffee and Tea has spread itself out as a Winnipeg institution. What makes it different than other coffee shops with multiple locations, or chains for that matter? Each of their locations boasts a different vibe but with the same great coffee, tea, and snacks. 

Their downtown and Exchange locations are ideal for a quick break from work and are large enough to accommodate more folks sitting indoors. Their original Wolesely location on Sherbrook street is more of an artsy hangout, featuring a hard-to-miss bicycle mounted on their exposed brick walls. 

Address: 64 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg MB

Phone Number: +1 204-688-0654

Website: thombargen.com   

4. Fools & Horses Coffee Company

Fools & Horses Coffee Company

Fools & Horses has a handful of locations now but gained a lot of attention as an integral part of the Forks’ restoration. The Forks has always been a hub for locals and tourists alike, offering food and drink to take home or enjoy on-site. Chain cafes have been around for years, but Winnipeggers deserved a higher-end local option, and now they have it! 

If Fools & Horses looks familiar, it may not be because you’ve passed them at the Forks. They have a legendary Instagram following, popular amongst influencers for the great lighting that makes any picture from the shop shine. If your work or social gathering at the cafe goes later than you expected, feel free to make the switch to beer or wine. They’re licensed! 

Address: 242 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg MB

Website: foolsandhorses.ca  

5. MAKE Coffee and Stuff

MAKE Coffee and Stuff

One of Winnipeg’s most popular shops, MAKE Coffee and Stuff, is a gem of Little Italy. Located amongst the other trendy Italian shops and restaurants on Corydon, MAKE Coffee combines the best of old-school espresso with the new wave coffee culture that is so popular throughout North America.

MAKE has built-in art and exhibition space, so you may also catch some local culture. Laying off of dairy? MAKE offers ample milk alternatives too.

Address: 751 Corydon Ave, Winnipeg MB

Phone Number: +1 204-414-0101 

Website: make-online.square.site

6. O Station Cafe

O Station Cafe

The O Station Cafe is located on the slightly less trendy end of Osborne Village, but it’s worth walking a few more blocks further south for. Not only do they serve up excellent coffee and tea, but they also have an extensive food menu. 

Sandwiches, baked goods, and wraps are available, with vegetarian options as well. Despite the number of options available at O Station, the staff runs a tight operation in case you’re in a rush. 

Address: 257 Osborne St, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1Z6

Phone Number: +1 204-221-2709 

Website: ostationcafe.ca  

7. Diaspora Cafe

Diaspora Cafe

St Boniface is Winnipeg’s Franco-Manitoban side of town and offers great French food and drink. It makes sense that they’d have great coffee too, and one of the best spots is Diaspora Cafe. 

Popular amongst students, locals, and visitors alike, you’ll find high-quality coffee here served up in a calming and tidy atmosphere. Great service makes this a nice place to sit, but a to-go cup is always an option if you’re in a rush. 

Address: 101-250 Marion St, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0T7

Phone Number: +1 204-257-8488

Website: diasporacafe.square.site/  

8. The Fyxx Espresso Bar

The Fyxx Espresso Bar

The Fyxx has been pulling amazing espresso shots in downtown Winnipeg for over 15 years. Located near the city center and Manitoba’s legislative buildings, you’ll run into politicians, tourists, artists, and local business folk. 

The location and crowd mean you may have to wait for your Fyxx coffee, but it is worth it when compared to the large chains in the area. If you’re flexible, try visiting during off-peak hours. 

Address: 310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T2

Phone Number: +1 204-989-2470

Website: fyxx.weebly.com 

9. Joe and Lily

Joe and Lily

This little shop located within Sport Manitoba is a gem of the historic Exchange District. Despite being right in the heart of downtown, customers are greeted with a vibe that feels right at home. Looking for a snack or meal alongside your hot beverage of choice? Joe and Lily has fantastic breakfast sandwiches and baked goods available too. 

As with many of the best spots for a coffee in Winnipeg, word has caught on about Joe and Lily. This might mean waiting a few moments longer for your latte during peak hours, but rest assured, it’ll be worth it! 

Address: 145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1G6

10. Harrisons Coffee Company

Harrisons Coffee Company

With a location in the Forks’ Johnston Terminal and one near the bank of the lovely Red River downtown, Harrisons Coffee Company has been perking up Manitobans with tasty coffee for years. Alongside their physical locations, Harrisons have changed the bean game by offering their roasts in suped-up vending machines in local malls. 

Their roasting process came from a desire to innovate and gain more control over their process. If you’re hoping to recreate the Harrisons aesthetic at home, they sell coffee makers from the who’s who of coffee equipment manufacturers. 

Address: 270 Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg MB

Phone Number: +1 204-290-2402

Website: harrisonscoffeeco.com  

Other Honourable Mentions

  • Park Line Coffee
  • Clementine Cafe
  • Daily Grind Coffee
  • Thom Bargen Coffee Roasters
  • Amsterdam Tea Room
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