If you're hunting for a place to camp out with a cup of coffee, something freshly baked, and a newspaper, look no further, Wild Earth is just the place. Grab a table on the patio or a stool by the windows, and relax. The coffee is quite good, and the choice of breakfast-y treats offers something for just about everyone – sweet, fruity scones, muffins and Danish, savory sausage rolls and cheesy buns. This is also a fine place for an afternoon pick-me-up, as the desserts are excellent. Pies, tarts, cakes, tortes, cookies and assorted other sweets are sure to please even the most die-hard sweet tooth.
The ambiance of this coffeehouse is one of the best things about the place. The historic brick building plays host to a hip crowd of patrons who embrace creativity and intellectual pursuits. Over espressos, cappuccinos and aromatic teas, they discuss what's new in politics, art and culture. To provide them sustenance, the Bowl sells pastries, muffins and light meals. On Friday and Saturday evenings, musicians perform live. If you're in doubt as to its location, look for patrons gathered on the front steps when the weather's mild.
This cheerful, brightly lit venue can set you up with tasty food and drink throughout the day. At lunch, sandwiches, soups and salads take the forefront and come in various combinations; dinner brings pastas, pizzas, stir-fries and chicken and seafood dishes. If you crave comfort food, Mother Cheesecake's Dinners offer such hearty fare as roast chicken, meat loaf and liver-and-onions. Naturally, you can always find specialty coffees and a host of alcoholic beverages. Desserts, which are a mainstay, are available by the slice, pie or cake. The selection includes fruit tarts and cobblers, ice cream desserts, and (surprise!) the treat from which they derived their name.
An unpretentious spot, this café serves up food and drink with an Italian flair. Coffee comes in a variety of formulations, providing a caffeine fix for those who need their daily dose. Pastries and gelati in mouthwatering flavors are ideal mid-afternoon treats, while panini (flavorful grilled sandwiches filled with meats, cheeses and vegetables) make for appetizing lunch-time snacks.
Busy and popular, this café handles a lot of traffic, given its large size and its location in Old Strathcona. Patrons often come to hang out over a cup of coffee or a light lunch. If you crave something sweet, you'll also find it here. Pastries, desserts and gelatos are all up for grabs; you've just got to decide if you want something flaky, creamy or cold. Soups and salads provide alternatives for those who – unthinkably – deny their sweet tooth. Stop in for something on your own, or meet a group of friends for an afternoon treat. They can handle it all.
Laid-back and comfortable, this cafe attracts a diverse clientele. At any given moment, it's not unusual to see college kids, professionals, or artsy types sipping coffee or tea alongside each other. Specialty coffees are the major draw, although you'll also find an enticing selection of desserts, including cheesecakes and pies. Aside from sweets, there are also sandwiches, salads, burritos and quesadillas. Open late, the place makes a good night-time hangout, just as it makes a good day-time stop-off. Try to find a few minutes (or hours) to spend there.
A long-time Edmonton favorite, The Crêperie fairly oozes romance, but it's comfortable for families as well. If you plan to have dinner here, you'll be pleased to find plenty of choices such as savory crêpes stuffed with lovely combinations like asparagus, brie and smoked salmon, creamed spinach with mushrooms, and scallops in a sherry cream sauce. But where The Crêperie really shines is dessert. These sweet crêpes are an indulgence to be sure. The most popular is Crêpe Glace au Chocolat (a crêpe wrapped around vanilla ice cream topped with bittersweet chocolate sauce, whipped cream and toasted almonds), but the classic Crêpes Suzette are a sure winner too. Or, you could opt for chocolate fondue. Accompanied by a fantastic cup of coffee or espresso, dessert here is a always a surefire success.
In the midst of downtown's bustle, this busy coffee shop is a terrific place for patrons to grab a pick-me-up. All the best-loved coffee drinks are available, hot or cold, along with chai teas, juices and Italian sodas. To accompany them, you'll find pastries, muffins, cookies, scones, cakes and biscotti. Pick your favorite beverage, add a sweet, pick up everything at the counter, and then stake out a table or one of the upholstered sofas. Once you've sipped and munched contentedly for a few minutes, you'll be fortified enough to continue the day. Multiple other locations in Edmonton.
This established café has long been a favorite of Edmonton's residents. It has a romantic Old World ambience and serves cuisine with a decidedly French flair. The list of starters includes fresh salads, calamari, escargot, oysters and the signature tomato soup. Entrees include fondue, pork chops, chicken, curries, lamb and a seafood ragoût . These well-balanced dishes feature mouthwatering sauces and come with vegetable accompaniments. If you've been out to the symphony or some other cultural event, it's a tradition to visit Select for an after-show dessert. Luckily, they stay open late, inviting patrons to enjoy a relaxing respite before heading off to bed.