So many great local coffee shops with local roasters, and too many bakeries and sweet treats to choose from! Can there be too many? Nope. Just try them all…
Coffee…Nectar of the Gods
Cafe Oranje – International Village, Downtown Hamilton – a Dutch coffee shop makes its own traditional stroopwafels, soups and sandwiches. Chris and Kevin relocated to the ACTUAL Netherlands in 2016! And passed on the lovely Cafe to new owners who are taking good care of it
Smalls – Cannon & James North – A Tiny Take-Away Coffee Spot. If you’re trying to avoid dairy, they have a coconut / almond milk combo that is faaantastic
Finch on Locke – Don’t miss out on the back patio – awesome relaxing space
Saint James – beautiful space, hi-tech Steam Punk coffee machines, cereal marshmallow bars and that drive-thru sandwich!!
Democracy – Locke Street – this vegan coffeshop took over the space once housed by the beloved Locke Street Bakery – and you can still buy their bagels there!
Detour – Downtown Dundas – Detour roasts their own beans, and you can catch them at the cafe on King street in Dundas
Mulberry – James Street North – loads of Gluten Free options, hosts live music, local artists shows, is licensed to serve alcohol and you have to try the Hello Dolly’s
The Cannon Coffee Co. – Ottawa Street – you come for the coffee and stay for the waffles. Can I just add a shout out for that Vanilla Latte. And those scones.
Salty Espresso – John Street South – cute spot popped up in the spring of 2015 as Pinecone Coffee, much to the happiness of the neighbourhood residents! One of the many places around town you can find Donut Monster treats
Vintage Coffee Roasters – King East – With the purchase of my own new home, excited that this is my new local. And damn those Avocado toasts! Their beans are served in a few places around town as well as their own cafe
Relay – #Market (Central Hamilton Farmer’s Market) and #Concession (on the Hamilton on Concession Street) – was formerly Redhill Coffee Trade – same great people, same great coffee, just a different name
Durand Coffee – Corner of Caroline & Charlton – this new addition boasts a back seat area AKA the living room which also works great as a space for you and your little ones
The Cafe – new community driven spot in the east end! Housemade treats, great space for meetings with 2 sides, one for quiet enjoyment and one for music, and louder convo
Cafe Augusta – James South – this area of town is really hopping now and you can get late night espresso treats in this gorgeous spot just a few doors down from Mezcal.
Ward IV – Main & Kenilworth – just opened in october 2016 and damn, I am in love with the interior design of this place. Bringing the cool cafe vibe to the east end
Rick Rack Coffee House – Ottawa & Barton – friendly faces, comfy chairs and all treats made in house!
Bakeries…sweet, sweet treats
Cake & Loaf – Kirkendall Area Dundurn & Aberdeen – one of the leaders, a must follow on their instagram to see everything you can get. Josie and Nickey won Food Network’s Donut Showdown in 2014. In 2016 they joined the family at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market with a brand spankin’ new space on the lower level across from Fenwick Flowers. And if all that weren’t enough, these gals just won $100,000 in the Globe and Mail’s Small Business Challenge
Bitten – Locke Street – whoopie pies. Nuff said. Call ahead to place orders for your favourites, or just pop in to see what they have from their extensive menu ready to go – have yet to be disappointed. As of Fall 2016 they are open Mondays!
Ola Bakery – James Street North – best Portuguese Egg Tarts ever! Cash only
Made for you by Madeleine – Downtown Hamilton King William – everything made from scratch including the house milled flour. They also offer different classes on a pretty regular basis
Donut Monster – one of the founding members of the Kitchen Collective, Rueben’s been teasing us with these amazing donut
creations for a while now, and they’re finally here! Available around town at various coffee shops and they do pop ups at events as well.
Sweetness Bakery – Ancaster – offers nut free custom sweets, cakes, cookies and cupcakes
Westdale Cupcakes – Village of Westdale – just cupcakes, what more do you need?
Hotti Biscotti – recently relocated from Westdale to James North, known for their “softer” biscotti
Marci’s Bakery – located in Stoney Creek, this wholesale bakery started to offer sugar and gluten free options, and how can be found in a wide variety of stores in Hamilton and beyond. In 2017 they opened a booth at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market as well, making it easier to grab their treats if you’re downtown
Turtle Doves – Ottawa Street North – a new location for Burlington’s popular Gluten Free bakery! Awesome addition to the city
Crumbuns Bakeshop Cafe – Concession Street – Close enough to Juravinski Hospital to grab a sweet treat if you’re visiting someone Sweet and savoury treats, and a lovely story behind the Carter’s Button cookies in memory of a little one taken too soon by cancer
The Dessert Room – Westdale – A boutique pastry shop – incredible custom designs for cookies and wedding cakes
I scream, You scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! At least I do…
Henry Brown’s Small Batch – Launched in summer of 2015, Karen and Ed sell their unique flavours by the scoop, single serving or take home pints at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market (located downstairs at the markets west end) Personal favourite so far (and I stress so far…) is pecan buttertart or buttered popcorn…or Hong Kong Milk Tea…. 2017 is bringing changes to this favourite – Ed is opening his own ice cream spot in the east end of Toronto and Karen ran a successful crowdfunding campaign and reopened just inside the main doors next to de le Terre Bakery.
Foundry – Laurel came to the Hamilton area recently from BC where she mastered the art of delicious home made ice cream. You can find her at the local markets scooping and buy the beautiful glass jars of the sweet treats at Mustard Seed. Personal Favourite so far: Cinnamon Brown Butter
Rudy’s – she started with paletas and now offers non-dairy, all natural Vegan ice cream! Available in single servings on the cart, as well as at The Burnt Tongue, Piccone’s, and Denningers. So good. Personal Favourite so far: Chocolate Almond Sea Salt
Willard’s – part of the Kitchen Collective group, you can buy Matt’s ice cream creations at The Cannon Coffee Co, Democracy, Cafe Oranje. Personal Favourite so far: London Fog
Earth to Table Bread Bar – known for its pizzas and savoury delights. But my favourite thing there is the smashed-in Ice Cream – don’t forget to leave with a container for home! Personal Favourite so far: Lemon Curd with fresh Blackberries
Panini & Ice Cream – wonder what they sell? Oh yeah, pressed panini sandwiches and ice cream! But not just any old ice cream – they use Hewitt’s to create amazing concoctions that range from the simple scoop, to the indulgent half & half (milkshake on the bottom, sundae with ridic amount of toppings on the top) AND an ice cream sandwich on a cronut.
Amo Gelato – opened on Locke Street summer of 2016 – this sweet little spot will wow you with its fun decor, and its amazing flavours of italian gelato, fresh roasted espresso, a gelato panini sandwich (this ice cream sandwich thing is getting out of hand – in a good way) Oh, and it’s open early and open late!!
Chocolat on James – handmade chocolate treats, saltwater taffy and they’ve gotten into the glitzed up soft serve ice cream game!
Sprinkles On Top – Stoney Creek’s answer to delicious scooped Kawartha Dairy, you can get it old school or fancied up on waffles, in donut sandwiches, topped with cotton candy and more!
Big Scoops – the name says it all. I have a big appetite, but I cannot handle more than the kids serving! So don’t say I didn’t warn you! This James St South spot is closed over the winter, and it’s just straight up scoops of Hewitt’s dairy
The Horn of Plenty – a health food store in Dundas since 1980, this shop has recently added D’Oh to it’s menu and been catching the instagram crowd – scooped raw cookie dough! They also serve up Kawartha dairy and the fanciest of Sunshakes
Steelcity Ice Cream – Fennell & Sherman on the mountain, let’s just say….40+ flavours of soft serve. I think that’s all you need to know.
What People are Saying
- Globe & Mail – Sept 2016 – Contest Victory Sweet for Bakery Founders
- The Culture Trip – May 2016- The top ten coffee shops in Hamilton
- Narcity Toronto – April 2016 – 11 Ontario Ice Cream Shops that are worth the drive
- The Spec – April 2016 – A Coffee Shop for Every Mood in Hamilton
- Escapehere.com – August 2015 – 5 Most Unique Coffee Shops in Hamilton
- This Must be the Place December 2014 – Cake and Loaf Confectionary
- BlogTO November 2014 – The top 10 Coffee Shops in Southern Ontario
- Hamilton Community News January 2013 – Stoney Creek Baker rebounds from loss to offer healthy alternatives
- This Must be the Place June 2012 – The Rise of Coffee Culture in Hamilton
- The Hamilton Spectator June 2012 – The politics of Coffee in Hamilton