Where to get coffee at SFU

Sep 5 2016, 12:48 am

Chain emails, novelty t-shirts, and countless internet memes all agree: you just can’t function without coffee.

So when you’re neck deep in peer evaluations, your project partner hasn’t sent you their half of the work, and your dormmate has been watching Game of Thrones at full volume for the last five hours, having a steaming hot cup of liquid sleep deprivation can be the decider between life or death.

Here are the best places to get coffee at Simon Fraser University, and get a taste of that sweet, sweet capital C.

Dining Hall

The SFU Dining Hall (SFU)

The SFU Dining Hall (SFU)

  • What: If you’re looking for a late night spot, this is as late night as it gets. Open 24 hours a day, the Dining Hall has coffee, tea, and a bunch of other things to occupy your food hole, as you cram that next exam, or in between binge viewings of Stranger Things.
  • Where: Near Louis Riel and Shell House residences
  • When: Spring and fall semesters, open 24 hours; summer semester, open 7 am to 10 pm

Mackenzie Cafe

Mackenzie Cafe at SFU (SFU)

Mackenzie Cafe at SFU (SFU)

  • What: Mackenzie Cafe is one of those spots that doesn’t need to be overthought: it has coffee, the coffee is good, the coffee is cheap, you should go here. It’s pretty central on campus, too, so it’s really a no-lose scenario.
  • Where: AQ Building, 3000 Level
  • When: Spring and fall semesters, open Monday to Friday: 7:30 am to 8 pm; summer semester, open Monday to Friday 8 am to 3 pm

Higher Grounds Coffee & Ladle

  • What: If you’re in the Food Court, and hankering for a hot cup of coffee to wash down that breakfast poutine/lunch poutine/dinner poutine, then Higher Grounds is the place for you. They’ve got a good selection of baked goods, as well as smoothies, iced drinks, and sandwiches.
  • Where: The SFSS Food Court in the Maggie Benston Centre
  • When: Open 7:30 am to 5 pm

Discovery Cafe

Discovery Cafe at SFU (SFU)

Discovery Cafe at SFU (SFU)

  • What: Discovery Café offers Jugo Juice, hot entrees, sandwiches, salads, pastries, cold beverages, fair trade organic coffee and teas, as well as a selection of snacks.
  • Where: Discovery 1 Building
  • When: Spring and fall semesters, open Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 6 pm, Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm; closed on Sundays and throughout the summer semester

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons coffee and donut (Pere Rubi/Shutterstock)

Tim Hortons coffee and donut (Pere Rubi/Shutterstock)

  • What: Let’s just lay this out right now: it’s a Tim Hortons. You know exactly what you’re going to get here. Double Double? Sure. Questionable chicken soup? You betcha. Attitude from a 15-year-old? Inevitable. But there’s something comforting – almost homey – about Tim Hortons that can’t be denied.
  • Where: West Mall, 2000 level
  • When: Spring and fall semesters, open Tuesday to Thursday, 7:30 am to 8 pm, Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, and weekends, 8 am to 4 pm; summer semester, open every day, 8 am to 4 pm


Starbucks can’t be avoided, and it’s no different at SFU, where there are now two Starbucks to choose from…

West Mall

  • What: This Starbucks location is on your way on or off campus, so if you haven’t had your breakfast frappuccino, this is the best spot to get it. They’re also open relatively late for a coffee place, so it’s as good as any for studying or playing Candy Crush Saga. People are still playing that, right?
  • Where: West Mall Centre, 3000 Level
  • When: Spring and fall semesters, open Monday to Wednesday 7 am to 10 pm, Thursday and Friday, 7 am to midnight, Saturday, 8am to midnight, and Sunday, 8 am to 10 pm; summer semester, open every day, 8 am to 8 pm


  • What: The newest Starbucks on campus, this location is found only a short walk from the bus loop, where Renaissance Coffee used to be, easily accessible in the beautiful Cornerstone area of UniverCity.
  • Where: Cornerstone
  • When: Monday to Friday, 730 am to 10pm, weekends, 8 am to 10 pm