Coffee & Sweets

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…

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COFFEE SHOPS

Ark + Anchor
Corner of King & Queen – currently my fave spot in the city – thank you Patrick & Yigi for coming to Hamilton! Check out this little
vid about these cats 

Cafe Oranje
International Village, Downtown Hamilton – a Dutch coffee shop that makes its own traditional stroopwafels, soups and sandwiches. Chris and Kevin relocated to the ACTUAL Netherlands in 2016! And passed on the lovely café to new owners who are taking good care of it.

Calipan
F
amily-owned Colombian coffee place and eatery on Ottawa St – excellent coffee and delightful service. 

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!
https://democracyonlocke.com/

Detour 
Downtown Dundas – Detour roasts their own beans, and you can catch them at the cafe on King street in Dundas. In 2018 they got new owners and the Cafe got a facelift that is absolutely stunning! 

Durand Coffee
Corner of Caroline & Charlton – this neighbourhood spot has great coffee, a bottle shop and is available to rent out for private gatherings.

Emerald Coffee Co.
Philip opened this amazing place and has passed the torch to some new owners in 2020 who are keeping the vibe but expanding the hours and the menu!

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

Munchies Coffee House Barkery
Because sometimes your dog needs to come to the coffee shop with you. 

Phin Coffee
Awesome coffee bar with a great vibe in Westdale Village.

Red Church
Art, coffee, prosecco, beer – need I say more? Lovely addition to the Gore Park strip.

Relay
Central Hamilton Farmer’s Market and now with a fantastic new space on King William

Saint James
Beautiful space, hi-tech Steam Punk coffee machines, and that drive-thru sandwich!!

Salty Espresso
John Street South – cute spot popped up in the spring of 2015 as Pinecone Coffee and has since changed hands and names. It is a welcome coffee addition to the Corktown neighbourhood 

Shady Grove Lukaya Cafe
Unexpected spot with a cozy patio on Upper Wellington.

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.

Steel Town Garage
Barton & James – Motorcycles and coffee, why not?? Beautiful use of a building long neglected

Synonym
Located on James North in the old O’s Gallery spot, this place is all about coffee, art, books and excellent tunes. The turmeric latte is killer, and I had a fig cereal bowl that was uh-mazing.

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.

Vintage Coffee Roasters
King East – One of my faves since it’s walking distance from my place! Lovely staff, great coffee and the best chocolate chip cookies in town.

Ward IV
Main & Kenilworth – 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. It’s gone through an owner change, and now has some cocktail vibes too!

BAKERIES

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.

Cafe Baffico
Italian cafe and bakery down the street from Gage Park. Do yourself a favour and go here. 

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.  And if all that weren’t enough, these gals won $100,000 in the Globe and Mail’s Small Business Challenge

Caniche
Ancaster – French pattisseries? Don’t mind if I do.

Crumbled
If you love cake, you will love these cakebowls – possibly one of my top 5 places in 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

Doce Nata
Portuguese tarts, anyone? Check out this bakery in Stoney Creek. 

Donut Monster
Born out of the Kitchen Collective, these amazing treats can be found in most of the local coffee shops, and Reuben outgrew his space, and opened a stand alone shop on Locke Street which is KILLING it

Fairly Frosted
Vegan, GF & Nut Free treats out of the Kitchen Collective Space on King St E 

Hello Baked
Barton & Emerald – do you need custom sugar cookies? This might the place for you – they also have an awesome gummy treat wall!

Hotti Biscotti
Now located in the Farmer’s market!

La Bakeri
East mountain Italian pasticerria specializing in custom cakes.

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.

MySweeTooth
Asian fusion bakery with beautiful desserts and custom cakes. Located on Main St W.

Ola Bakery
James Street North – best Portuguese Egg Tarts ever! Cash only

Planted
Part restaurant, part bakery. Amazing vegan baked goods on John St. 

Sam’s Queenston Bakery
Ask any Italian in the city where to get the best Cannoli and this will be your answer. Open on Queeston Rd since 1978. 

Simply Italian Bakery
Beautiful space on Ottawa St with traditional Italian breads and pastries, as well as pizzas and prepared foods. 

Sweet Paradise
Traditional Italian bakery and deli on the West mountain. Get ready to stock up, this place has everything .

The Dessert Room
Westdale – A boutique pastry shop – incredible custom designs for cookies and wedding cakes

The Hearty Hooligan
This Vegan café started on Main Street but has relocated to busy Ottawa street which I think is a perfect fit for it’s coffee and treats

Trish’s
100% Gluten Free Bakery on the East Mountain

Westdale Cupcakes
Village of Westdale – just cupcakes, what more do you need?

ICE CREAM SHOPS

Amo Gelato
This sweet little spot on Locke will wow you with its fun décor, 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!!

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

Chocolat on James
Handmade chocolate treats, saltwater taffy and they’ve gotten into the glitzed up soft serve ice cream game!

Crazy Cravings
Mobile ice cream parlour that can bring the ice cream party to you.

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

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

Hutch’s
Are you even from Hamilton if you haven’t been to Hutch’s? Old school diner and ice cream place with locations in both Bayfront and Confederation Park.

La Creme de la Creme Creamery
Soft serve ice cream and artisan chocolates on Locke St.

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.

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

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
Now Hop Urban Market

The Purple Pony
Beyond adorable ice cream stop in Ancaster. Great place to bring the kids. 

Willard’s
Part of the Kitchen Collective group, you can buy it at Candiwerx on the mountain, in 2018 Charlotte and Matt worked their butts off and opened their new spot on Main near Gage Park – it is an awesome space full of pie, ice cream and milkshakes deeeelish