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Where to Drink Coffee in Quebec City

From Italian roasts to fancy third wave cafés, here’s where to get caffeinated in the capital city.

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Need a burst of caffeine or just a place to sit and read with a hot drink and a pastry?

Quebec City might not have the highly-developed coffee scene that Montreal has, but for all the mediocre Tim Hortons in town, it still holds its own. Here are eight excellent choices for coffee and more in the Quebec City area.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Café Saint-Henri

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At this contemporary Montreal import, light is as valued as the quality of products served. The impressive space features incredibly high ceilings, long refectory tables, minimalistic design, and a touch of greenery. Even better: doughnut store Sumo Beignerie Artisanal has set up shop inside Café Saint-Henri, offering a colourful, finger-licking array of seasonal, circular creations. 

Maison de Thé Camellia Sinensis

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OK, it’s not coffee, but it’s good: Camellia Sinensis specializes in high-quality teas from countries like China, India, Sri Lanka and Japan, served by incredibly knowledgeable staff. Have a seat in the tasting room, a calm and relaxing atmosphere that allows customers to witness ceremonial tea preparations. Camellia Sinensis also tells traditional accessories including a selection from local ceramic artists. 

Café Pékoe

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Located in trendy Saint-Roch, Café Pekoe is a place where you’ll go for coffee, but come back for the delectable poke bowls, the incredibly satisfying banh mis with fermented veggies, sweet and savoury bubble teas, as well as finger-licking-good homemade ice cream. Expect free wifi, indoor picnic table seating, and very clean restrooms. 

Café La Maison Smith (multiple locations)

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Inspired by European coffeehouses with a distinctive Parisian touch, La Maison Smith serves Italian-style roasts perfect for lattes. You’ll find six locations across the region (île d’Orléans, Saint-Jean, City Hall, Place Royale, Limoilou, Belvédère) that all offer healthy lunch options. Don’t leave without a slice of homemade (and incredibly decadent) pecan or apple pie. 

Nektar Caféologue (multiple locations)

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Third-wave café Nektar Caféologue now has three locations across the region: St-Roch, Limoilou, and St-Nicolas, where the company has recently embarked upon roasting its own coffee. Offering a wide range of hot and cold drinks including fudge brews and fusion infusions, Nektar is a popular hangout among young professionals and students. Also, there’s free wifi and clean restrooms. 

Cantook

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Direct trade with coffee producers is what drives Quebec City’s Cantook, which roasts all its coffees in the heart of Faubourg Saint-Jean Baptiste. With vintage London pub inspired furniture, Cantook is a popular hangout for locals and merchants alike. Seating is somewhat limited inside, but there’s colourful outdoor furniture ,and the best quality-to-price ratio on coffee that you’ll find in Québec City.

Mayflower

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Mayflower celebrates the coffee bean in every possible way, from slow pours to espressos, and even its very own bottled cold brew. Owners Louis and Florence serve only what their tastebuds consider the best: Heart Roasters from Portland, Oregon. There’s also free wifi, comfortable seating, and loads of natural light. 

La P'tite Brûlerie

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Located in a heritage jewel in the heart of picturesque Deschambault (a little outside Quebec City), Mélanie Gagné’s P’tite Brûlerie is an exclusively organic coffee roasting house. Have a seat on the luxurious outdoor terrace. Pair your drink with a delectable chocolate chip cookie made by the village chocolatier Julie Vachon, or pastries from neighbouring bakery Le Soleil Levain. 

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Café Saint-Henri

At this contemporary Montreal import, light is as valued as the quality of products served. The impressive space features incredibly high ceilings, long refectory tables, minimalistic design, and a touch of greenery. Even better: doughnut store Sumo Beignerie Artisanal has set up shop inside Café Saint-Henri, offering a colourful, finger-licking array of seasonal, circular creations. 

Maison de Thé Camellia Sinensis

OK, it’s not coffee, but it’s good: Camellia Sinensis specializes in high-quality teas from countries like China, India, Sri Lanka and Japan, served by incredibly knowledgeable staff. Have a seat in the tasting room, a calm and relaxing atmosphere that allows customers to witness ceremonial tea preparations. Camellia Sinensis also tells traditional accessories including a selection from local ceramic artists. 

Café Pékoe

Located in trendy Saint-Roch, Café Pekoe is a place where you’ll go for coffee, but come back for the delectable poke bowls, the incredibly satisfying banh mis with fermented veggies, sweet and savoury bubble teas, as well as finger-licking-good homemade ice cream. Expect free wifi, indoor picnic table seating, and very clean restrooms. 

Café La Maison Smith (multiple locations)

Inspired by European coffeehouses with a distinctive Parisian touch, La Maison Smith serves Italian-style roasts perfect for lattes. You’ll find six locations across the region (île d’Orléans, Saint-Jean, City Hall, Place Royale, Limoilou, Belvédère) that all offer healthy lunch options. Don’t leave without a slice of homemade (and incredibly decadent) pecan or apple pie. 

Nektar Caféologue (multiple locations)

Third-wave café Nektar Caféologue now has three locations across the region: St-Roch, Limoilou, and St-Nicolas, where the company has recently embarked upon roasting its own coffee. Offering a wide range of hot and cold drinks including fudge brews and fusion infusions, Nektar is a popular hangout among young professionals and students. Also, there’s free wifi and clean restrooms. 

Cantook

Direct trade with coffee producers is what drives Quebec City’s Cantook, which roasts all its coffees in the heart of Faubourg Saint-Jean Baptiste. With vintage London pub inspired furniture, Cantook is a popular hangout for locals and merchants alike. Seating is somewhat limited inside, but there’s colourful outdoor furniture ,and the best quality-to-price ratio on coffee that you’ll find in Québec City.

Mayflower

Mayflower celebrates the coffee bean in every possible way, from slow pours to espressos, and even its very own bottled cold brew. Owners Louis and Florence serve only what their tastebuds consider the best: Heart Roasters from Portland, Oregon. There’s also free wifi, comfortable seating, and loads of natural light. 

La P'tite Brûlerie

Located in a heritage jewel in the heart of picturesque Deschambault (a little outside Quebec City), Mélanie Gagné’s P’tite Brûlerie is an exclusively organic coffee roasting house. Have a seat on the luxurious outdoor terrace. Pair your drink with a delectable chocolate chip cookie made by the village chocolatier Julie Vachon, or pastries from neighbouring bakery Le Soleil Levain. 

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