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Café Chronicles: Discovering Top 5 Cafés 

septembre 29, 2023

In this blog, we embark on a delectable journey through some of the most beloved cafes in the heart of Canada’s capital while celebrating National Coffee Day!

From iconic institutions to cozy hidden gems, each café tells a unique story that is deeply woven into Ottawa’s rich history. Read on to find out where you can savor the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sip on exceptional blends in Ottawa’s Original Downtown!  


Founded in 2000, Bridgehead has become synonymous with Ottawa’s coffee culture. This local pioneer focuses on ethically sourced, fair-trade coffee beans, creating a positive impact on coffee farmers around the world.  

Located in the Rideau Centre, the cafe’s warm ambiance complements its artisanal coffee offerings. You’ll appreciate Bridgehead’s commitment to sustainability and community engagement, making it a true favorite among coffee connoisseurs and socially conscious individuals alike. 

📍 50 Rideau Street 

📍 224 Dalhousie Street 

⏰ Monday – Friday: 6:30AM – 7:00PM (50 Rideau) 

⏰ Monday – Friday: 6:30AM – 6:00PM  

⏰ Saturday – Sunday: 7:30AM – 7:00PM (50 Rideau) 

⏰ Saturday – Sunday: 7:00AM – 5:30PM 

📞 613-789-1676 (50 Rideau) 

📞 613-562-9996 


Indulge in the freshly baked delights at Bridgehead  (Image: Bridgehead)


Hailing from nearby Almonte, Equator Coffee brings its exceptional blends to Ottawa’s downtown, leaving a lasting impression on every coffee enthusiast who crosses its threshold.  

This family-owned roastery prides itself on sourcing the finest beans from renowned coffee regions worldwide. With an emphasis on small-batch roasting, each cup showcases the complexity of flavors and aromatic profiles, elevating the coffee experience to new heights. Whether you opt for a velvety flat white or a refreshing iced latte, Equator Coffee guarantees an exceptional journey through the world of specialty coffee.  

📍 1 Elgin Street 

⏰ Monday-Saturday: 8:00AM – 4:00PM 

⏰Sunday: CLOSED 

📞 613-235-0474 

☕️ Website 

Cheers to great company and even better coffee at Equator (Image: Equator)

Happy Goat Coffee Co 

A true gem for coffee adventurers, Happy Goat Coffee Co delights with its experimental and unconventional brews. Set in an enchanting corner of Ottawa’s original downtown, this locally cherished coffee house cultivates an atmosphere of creativity and exploration. From nitro cold brews to unique seasonal blends, each cup is a testament to the artistry and passion of Happy Goat’s talented baristas. As you bask in the aroma of freshly ground beans and sip on their ever-changing lineup, you’ll quickly realize why Happy Goat is a must-visit destination for those seeking an extraordinary coffee experience. 

📍 229 Rideau Street 

📍 50 Rideau Street 

⏰ Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 5:00PM 

⏰ Monday – Friday: 7:00AM – 6:00PM (50 Rideau)  

⏰ Saturday – Sunday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM 

⏰ Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED (50 Rideau)  

📞 613-680-2880 (229 Rideau) 


Start your day with sip of coffee from Happy Goat Coffee Co (Image: Happy Goat Coffee) 

Presse Café 

Presse Café offers a European-inspired coffee haven amid Ottawa’s historical setting. With its chic and contemporary ambiance, this charming cafe stands out as a go-to spot for both coffee and cuisine. Alongside a diverse coffee menu featuring expertly crafted espressos and cappuccinos, Presse Café boasts an array of delectable pastries and light bites. Whether you’re seeking a delightful breakfast to kickstart your day or a tranquil spot to unwind with a latte in hand, Presse Café’s seamless blend of tradition and modernity will leave you feeling right at home. 

📍 130 Besserer Street 

⏰ Sunday – Saturday: 7:00AM – 5:00PM 

📞 613 233 4184 

☕️ Menu 

Find your prefect blend of comfort and ambiance at Presse Café (Image: DoorDash)  

Jackson Café  

Located at the Ottawa Art Gallery Jackson Café is the new way to savor Art. This bright and airy spot takes coffee to new heights. Enjoy a nice hot or cold drink with fresh coffee crafted by Café Saint-Henri microroasters. From your classic espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos to matcha’s, cortados and affogatos the options are endless. Plus, soy and oat milk alternatives available. No trip to a café is complete without a complimentary pastry from Maison Oddo pastry house and bakery offering the best pastries and sandwiches at Jackson’s Café.  Head on over to Jackson’s Café during your next visit to the OAG.  

📍 10 Daly Avenue  

⏰ Monday: CLOSED 

⏰ Tuesday – Friday: 8:00AM – 4:00PM 

⏰ Saturday – Sunday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM 

📞 613-691-3230 

☕️ Website 

Indulge in fresh coffee and pastries during your next museum visit. (Image: Jackson Café)

So, whether you’re a coffee aficionado or simply looking for a cozy spot to enjoy a cup of joe, the cafes in Ottawa’s original downtown have something special in store, promising a memorable and flavorful experience at every turn. 

Thinking of driving down? Check out this handy resource that lists all the available parking spots in the area – please have a designated driver!

And check out our Events page to see everything else that’s happening on Rideau Street!