Written for Daily Hive by Kaila Hoar
Calgary’s coffee scene is growing just as much as our restaurant scene. Local coffee shops are going beyond just sipping java and people watching, they’ve become trendy, WiFi accessible, interactive hot spots that make it easy to be productive.
The noise and bustle in a coffee shop is always great to help you feel connected while you work. If you’re looking for a great temporary office with delicious coffee, here are some of the best coffee shops in Calgary.
Alforno Bakery & Café
This bakery and café comes from the same group who owns Teatro and Vendome. It is often bustling with the downtown business crowd, joggers and walkers from the nearby river path, and those looking to set up office. They offer free high-speed Wi-Fi and a variety of seating including chairs, benches and couches all with nearby plug-ins.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-9pm
Location: 222 7th Street SW, Eau Claire
Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar
Gravity’s large location offers plenty of seating and bliss served in the form of coffee, desserts, wine and food. The service is always great and they offer multiple clusters of power plugins.
Hours: Monday 7am-6pm, Tuesday-Thursday 7am-10pm, Friday 7am-late, Saturday 8am-late, Sunday 8am-6pm
Location: 909 10th Street SE, Inglewood
Higher Ground Café
This legendary café has been an integral part of Kensington for years. With many taking advantage of the comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi, it can be hard to score a spot any day of the week. Higher Ground prides itself on organic, direct trade and shade grown coffee selections to ensure they are running an environmentally conscious business.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7am-11pm, Friday 7am-12am, Saturday 8am-12am, Sunday 8am-11pm
Location: 1126 Kensington Road NW, Kensington
Known for their $8.95 cup of coffee which includes eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast, Purple Perk has become a staple in the Mission community. They offer large tables for your computer and papers, and of course, plenty of free Wi-Fi to go around.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7am-10pm, Thursday-Saturday 7am-11pm, Sunday 8am-10pm
Location: 2212 4th Street SW, Mission
Deville arguably has the best Americano in town and comfortable bench seating for working the day away. The free Wi-Fi and white noise-like ambiance is perfect for being productive.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4:30pm, Closed on Weekends
Location: 600 6th Avenue SW, Downtown
Kawa Espresso Bar
This café is perfect for the night owl. Open late, they often have a DJ or various events on the weekend, but still with table space and free Wi-Fi if you prefer to work in a bustling late night spot.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7am-11pm, Friday 7am-2am, Saturday 9am-2am, Sunday & Holidays 9am-10pm
Location: 1333 8th Street SW, Beltline
Euphoria is a great weekend ‘got out of the house to work’ destination. They serve delicious organic and fair trade coffees to help power through a Saturday of paperwork.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday 7am-7pm, Sunday 8am-5pm
Location: 5403 Crowchild Trail NW, Varsity
BONUS: Wise & Wright
While Wise & Wright is a casual dining experience, it’s also hot new location for working on Stephen Ave. It has built in power plugins at almost every table to make your to-do list that much easier to get through.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-4pm
Location: 317 7th Avenue SW, Stephen Avenue