If you’re looking for the best coffee in Hamilton, well we’re firm believers that it all depends on personal preference. However, we’ve done our research and these Hamilton coffee shops are all fantastic so you can’t go wrong at any of them!
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The Cannon Coffee Co
For eleven years and counting, The Cannon Coffee Co has served up local artisan coffee to all who visit. They just recently moved to a new location – right across the street from their old spot! The Cannon now has a larger space so more folks can enjoy their amazing coffee, lattes flavoured with their in-house syrups, and indulge in their incredible waffle dishes. For those with dietary restrictions, there are both vegan and gluten-free options on the menu! Grab a bite or just a cup of joe and settle into one of their tables and bask in the natural light that filters in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Cannon Coffee Co Information
Address: 180 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON L8H 3Z3
Hours of Operation: 7:00am to 9:00pm Daily
With its mission being to serve quality coffee to the neighbourhood it’s named after, Durand Coffee is certainly knocking it out of the park. This coffee shop has been a hub for the Durand community for seven years and counting! On the menu, you’ll find a plethora of espresso-based beverages, both filtered and handmade coffee, tea as well as cold drinks. They also have a selection of adult beverages if you’re looking for that sort of thing instead of a caffeine boost! Durand Coffee also has a selection of incredibly tasty pastries that are the perfect snack to go with your drink of choice. Make sure to check out their seasonal offerings as they’re some of the most creative in the city which is why this makes Durand one of the best coffee shops in Hamilton!
Come Christmas time, be sure to keep an eye on their social media channels as they offer a coffee advent calendar. How cool is that?!
Durand Coffee Information
Address: 142 Charlton Ave W, Hamilton, ON L8P 2C7
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Emerald Coffee Co
Located directly on busy Barton Street, Emerald Coffee Co is easily one of my favourite coffee shops in Hamilton. They proudly source some of the finest coffees Canadian roasters have to offer with a number of them being from Ontario. Similar to Durand, Emerald Coffee Co’s seasonal beverage game is on point. You have to try gems such as their teddy graham latte or their Halloween vampire kiss: pumpkin Spice Blume powder, raspberry syrup, oat milk, and whip cream. They also have an assortment of muffins and other baked goods made fresh daily, though their breakfast sandwiches are where it’s at like their Hamiltonian with homemade sausage, cheese, egg, hashbrowns and maple mayo!
Emerald Coffee Co Information
Address: 340 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 2X7
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 3:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00am to 3:30pm
What was once the Armory Hotel is now home to the Mulberry Coffeehouse, an eclectic Hamilton cafe that is known for its exceptional live music. The building dates back to 1887 and still has elements of its previous life like the original plaster ceiling medallions as well as the original inlaid tile work on the floor of the cafe. It began serving top-notch coffee in 2010 and each bean is Certified Organic, Certified Bird Friendly and Fair Trade Coffee. Every cup of coffee they sell helps to protect valuable bird habitats in Latin America as well as sustain a high quality of life for coffee farmers! Mulberry Coffeehouse also serves up sandwiches, baked goods and shareable items. Everything is prepared in-house using ingredients that are local and organic whenever possible. There’s something for everyone with both vegan and no gluten-added options available!
Mulberry Coffeehouse Information
Address: 193 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L2
Hours of Operation: 8:00am to 6:00pm Daily
Munchies Coffee House & Barkery
Did you know that Hamiton is home to Canada’s first dog cafe? I bet you didn’t and Munchies is certainly canine-friendly! Bring your pups for some social time as you sip on amazing caffeinated beverages like their maple spice mocha, peanut butter latte or a Bombay fog (like a London fog but with Chai instead of Earl Grey tea). They also make some incredible Belgian waffles which are not to be missed. Satisfy your sweet tooth or opt for one of their savoury options. They even have an eggs benedict version which you bet I indulged in and it was incredible! The quality of their beverages as well as their food makes Munchies one of the best cafes in Hamilton. Oh, and don’t forget to spoil Fido with some of their homemade dog treats too!
Munchie’s Coffee House & Barkery Information
Address: 1008 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 9:00pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 8:00am to 9:00pm
Phin Coffee Bar
This delightful Hamilton cafe is located in the Westdale neighbourhood. With super homey vibes and an adorable mural inside, Phin Coffee Bar is a multi-roaster likes to try new things in the pursuit of crafting the perfect cup of coffee. All of their syrups are made in-house with flavours like vanilla, salted caramel and rose hibiscus. However, my personal favourite is their “spice world” which has the sweet meets spice of gingerbread but better! Be sure to check out their repertoire of coffee beans as they easily have one of the most international selections in the city with coffee sourced from roasters in Denmark, the United Kingdom, the United States and more!
Phin Coffee Bar Information
Address: 791 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 1K2
Hours of Operation: Sundays & Mondays from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Thursday to Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Another fantastic option in the Westdale neighbourhood, Paisley Coffeehouse and Eatery creates a space to slow down for a minute to indulge in a great cup of joe, a sweet treat or possibly a homemade meal. Everything is prepared in-house and sourced as locally as possible to craft tasty eats with vegan and no gluten-added options. Similar to Mulberry Coffee House, Paisley also serves Certified Organic, Certified Bird Friendly and Fair Trade Coffee so once again, your coffee is good for the birds! Bring a friend and catch up over a beverage or take it to go and explore some of the neighbourhood. The folks at Paisley will happily give you recommendations as they love sharing about their fellow Westdale businesses!
Paisley Coffeehouse Information
Address: 1020 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4
Hours of Operation: 8:00am to 6:00pm Daily
Redchurch Cafe & Gallery
Named after a tiny street in East London’s Shoreditch neighbourhood where the owners lived years ago in the United Kingdom, it’s an ode to where their love of coffee and art began. They exclusively serve Toronto-based De Mello Coffee which sources their beans ethically and sustainably while working with producers to secure economic security while also bringing to light the issues they face. They have a variety of both caffeinated and decaf beverages as well as seasonal offerings. I highly recommend their butterfly blue pea flower and maple matcha latte as it is unique to Redchurch! They also have some handheld heats if you’re feeling peckish along with craft beer, wine and Processo if you’d like something a little stronger. Don’t forget to pop by the art gallery located at the back of the shop!
Redchurch Cafe Information
Address: Victoria Hall, 68 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1A6
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00am to 5:00pm
The name may give it away but this is the tiniest coffee shop in Hamilton – and possibly the entire province! They have a small, straightforward menu with a variety of milk alternatives to cater to everyone. Their almond-coconut mix is delightful and the Sam James butter knife espresso beans are very popular. This is definitely a pop-in, grab your cup and go for a stroll situation as there’s no seating, just coffee paraphernalia and your baristas with their equipment! You may return as you finish your cup though because the coffee is that good. It’s also located beside The Burnt Tongue, one of the fantastic restaurants in Hamilton. Coffee and soup make a great combo so you may want to pop by while you’re there!
Smalls Coffee Information
Address: 8 Cannon St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 1Z5
Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday from 8:00am to 3:00pm, Sundays from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Synonym is a specialty coffee espresso bar with a concise menu featuring your typical caffeinated beverages. They do have a few signature items unique to their shop such as their salted honey cappuccino, espresso tonic and vanilla raf. If you’ve never heard of a raf before (I hadn’t either before visiting), it’s prepared by adding cream and vanilla sugar to a shot of espresso and then foaming the mixture to make a delicious but not overly sweet latte! Synonym also has a number of amazing Mediterranean dishes that are sure to satisfy if hunger strikes during your visit. Plus, every month the decor changes as they feature a new artist. If you’re a practicing artist yourself, reach out and they just might hang your work!
Address: 328 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H2
Hours of Operation: 8:00am to 6:00pm Daily
More Hamilton Coffee Shops to Check Out
Have you visited all of the aforementioned cafes in Hamilton? Are you just curious about some additional options? Either way, here are a few more ideas for Hamilton coffee shops to check out.
Ark & Anchor Espresso Bar – A warm and welcoming cafe in Hamilton’s downtown Strathcona neighbourhood. If you’re looking for something a little different, give their golden milk latte a try.
Detour Cafe Hamilton – Chances are you’ve probably heard of Detour as it’s one of the most prominent names in Hamilton’s coffee scene. With their original location in Dundas, they have since expanded to two locations in Hamilton as well as the Wincey Mills complex in Paris.
Relay Coffee Roasters – Located along the popular King William strip, Relay crafts amazing coffee as well as cocktails while roasting fair trade certified and certified organic coffee that supports local farmers from a variety of origins across the globe.
Saint James Espresso Bar & Eatery – Small yet welcoming coffee shop near the corner of James and Cannon, pop in for a mean mocha or to grab one of their tasty breakfast sandwiches.
Vintage Coffee Roasters – Serious about coffee, they only source from farms where the beans have been grown and processed both ethically and responsibly. Each variety of bean is roasted with one specific profile to bring out the best flavour.