Located on beautiful Locke Street, Democracy* offers a welcoming atmosphere and quality coffee. With chalkboard walls and an urban vibe, Democracy* is worth a visit any time of the year, but make sure to check it out during the warmer months, when their fantastic front window opens and you can enjoy the fresh air and people watching. Try the baked goods and sandwiches or the delicious cauliflower wings. The food is incredible, the coffee is strong, and the service can’t be beat.
Democracy*, 202 Locke Street South, Hamilton, ON, Canada +1 289 389 2466
Mulberry Street Coffeehouse
Mulberry Street Coffeehouse is right in the core of the James Street North’s art district. Showcasing local artists on their walls, this cafe is the perfect spot to drink a latte and to peruse interesting artwork. With a selection of flavors to choose from, the doughnuts are only one of the many delicious treats (available as both gluten-free and traditional versions) to choose from.
My Dog Joe
My Dog Joe sits among the lovely independent shops and restaurants in busy Westdale Village, which is also home to many students from local McMaster University. My Dog Joe is both quaint and cozy, offering smooth lattes, brewed iced teas, and delicious foods, including savory muffins, sweet baked goods, and gluten-free cupcakes. You can also find live music here on the weekends.
My Dog Joe, 1020 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada +1 905 777 8100
Homegrown Hamilton is a favorite not only among coffee-lovers, but musicians as well. Regular weekly shows and open-mic nights always draw a full house; this is one coffee shop that has perfected the artistic coffee house vibe. Homegrown Hamilton cannot be beat when it comes to its welcoming atmosphere either.
Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William Street, Hamilton, ON, Canada +1 905 777 8102
Johnny’s Coffee is a great spot for an amazing coffee or latte. With its mellow atmosphere, light-filled room and superb coffee selections and service, Johnny’s is a favorite local haunt for catching up with friends or freelancers tapping away on laptops in the afternoons.
Johnny’s Coffee, 129 Locke Street South, Hamilton, ON, Canada +1 905 769 3694
The Pinecone Coffee Co.
The Pinecone Coffee Co. is taking pride and getting involved in its incredible city and community. Collaborating with local businesses and coffee houses, The Pinecone Coffee Co. wants everyone to see what Hamilton has to offer and is doing so in a one-stop-shop kind of way.
The Cannon artisan coffee shop, located on Ottawa Street at Cannon, is a friendly environment with an amazing menu to boot. The atmosphere is welcoming, cozy and classic. You can find daily specials and freshly baked goods located in a beautifully crafted display case.
The Cannon, 179 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada +1 289 700 0088
Ark + Anchor Espresso Bar
Ark + Anchor Espresso Bar is a small, cozy, socially-minded café located on King Street West. Ark + Anchor supports local businesses around the Hamilton area by stocking and selling their products. Aside from crafting some deliciously beautiful espresso-based drinks, they are big supporters of students. Watch out for their study specials, which include a coffee with a snack.
Finch Espresso Bar
Finch Espresso Bar offers a delightful handcrafted espresso-based drinks. They pride themselves on using the highest quality ingredients; their coffee comes from Pilot Coffee Roasters based out of Toronto, Ontario. One of the exciting things that Finch Espresso bar has over many other cafes in the city is that their staff members are trained extensively on how to properly extract an espresso shot, steam milk and pour your drink.
Finch Espresso Bar, 601 Upper James Street, Hamilton, ON, Canada +1 289 639 2741
Feel like getting out of the city? Head to Dundas and hit up Detour Café. Detour Café is a must-see when you’re in the area, especially if you are a lover of rich and robust coffees and beautiful, scratch-made baked goods. Detour does its best and uses locally sourced ingredients, supporting both small vendors and farmers alike.
Detour Café, 41 King Street West, Dundas, ON, Canada +1 289 238 8360