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Guide: 10 cozy Calgary coffee shops perfect for a fall hangout

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Sweater weather? No, no, it’s also ‘cozy coffee shop’ season, babies! Whether you’re looking to catch up with friends after an entire quarantine apart, get some work or studying done, take your S.O. on a fail-safe date, or just sit back with a PSL alone and just people watch, here are 10 wonderfully cozy coffee shops in Calgary to do so! Enjoy!

Alforno Bakery and Cafe

Right off the bat, we’ve got Alforno. If you know, then you know. This spot is, in our opinion, one of the cutest in the entire city – practically perfect for a coffee date, meeting, or just a casual hang. Curl up by their fireplace for a top-notch coffee or one of their unique take on ‘cafe’-type food. Fancy a pizza and an espresso? This is the place.

Where: 222 7 St SW, Calgary

Société Coffee Lounge

Société has an incredibly simple, but effective concept. They’ve created a comfortable, relaxing space for people to pop in, grab a drink, and hang out or work. Yeah, their coffee is great, but in all honesty, it’s the social aspect and decor in this place that we love most.

Where: 1223 11th Avenue SW

Analog – 17th Avenue

Ah, Analog. If you’ve ever wandered 17th Avenue on a fall day, chances are you’ve ducked into this corner cafe. This seems to be a one-spot-fits all in terms of season, comfort, and occasion. Analog is incredibly charming, stereotypically ‘coffeeshop’ and is a great spot to get things done – No wonder we’ve never seen it anything but packed.

Where: 740 17 Ave SW, Calgary

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Philosafy

Philosafy is a trendy little spot on Calgary’s 17th Avenue and with, what they claim to be, the best beans in the world, how could we not include them on our list? In addition to their top-notch brew, they’ve also got an incredibly warm interior perfect for clearing your head, getting some work done, or grabbing a coffee with someone special.

Where: 632 17 Avenue SW, Calgary

Rosso

With so many adorable locations, all uniform in their warmth, how could we not include Rosso on this list?! This is the kind of joint to hit up if you’re looking to get productive, feel welcomed and support local! Coffee purists love this place for their laid-back, simplistic approach to ethically sourced roast, and we love it because it’s honestly just so darn comfortable. Check it out!

Where: Find Nearest Location Here

Loophole Coffee Bar

 

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If a ‘little’ ambiance goes a long way, then how far does a lot of ambiance go? Loophole Coffee Bar in the West End is another new-comer, but you might have a hard time believing it. These guys have an incredibly warm vintage-type atmosphere and they serve an incredibly tasty cup of joe also, their staff is laid back and know their craft – just in case you have any questions about their brew.

Where: 750 10th Street SW

Phil and Sebastian – Simmons Building 

The Simmons Building in the East Village is kind of where a perfect day in the area comes to a head. Whether you’re walking along the river or checking out the cute local shops, chances are you’ll wrap things up at either Phil and Sebastian for a coffee, a chat and a danish – or Charbar for dinner. This spot is romantic, warm and pretty quiet, especially considering you’re in one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the city.

Where: 618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary

Cafe Alchemist 

Cafe Alchemist is pretty new to Calgary’s coffee scene but we think they’ve found their footing. While they have familiar sips, they’ve actually devoted a larger part of their menu to exposing customers to unique and unusual flavours which makes something as standard as getting a morning bevy exciting. Plus their interior is warm and inviting – as it should be!

Where: 850 2 Street Southwest, Calgary

Caffe Beano

Caffe Beano is another coffee shop with a cult-like following. We’ve hardly ever seen this place without a lineup outside, but it’s rightfully earned. From their coffee black to their lattes and specialty drinks, these guys make a mean cup of cozy – but that’s hardly a surprise considering they’ve been in the game for 30 years.

Where:  1613 9th Street SW, Calgary

Higher Ground – Kensington

Higher ground is Kensington’s warmest and most beloved coffee shop. It’s open late, makes for a great spot to get things done, and is just romantic, but casual enough for the perfect date. Also, they’ve got a pretty lengthy menu, so if you’re super particular like we are, you won’t have too much trouble finding a tasty sip.

Where: 1126 Kensington Rd, Calgary

There you have it, 10 cozy Calgary coffee shops. Hopefully, we’ve helped you out for your next study sesh, first date, or mid-day pick-me-up. Stay caffeinated, friends!