Below is a list of the top and leading cafes in Hamilton. To help you find the cafes located near you in Hamilton, we put together our list based on this rating points list.
Hamilton’s Best Cafes:
The top-rated cafes in Hamilton:
- Café Oranje – a contemporary Euro-styled coffee house.
- Ark & Anchor – a go-to spot in the Strathcona neighborhood.
- The Cannon – brings in coffees from different roasters.
- SYNONYM – a neighborhood wine bar, bottle shop, café, and bookshop.
- Vintage Coffee Roasters – source coffees that have been grown and processed ethically and responsibly.
First on the list is Café Oranje. The cafe is nestled in the heart of Hamilton’s International Village providing an atmosphere that focuses on delicious coffee and warm, friendly community in a contemporary Euro-styled coffee house. They offer a full menu of espresso-based hot and cold drinks and locally blended teas. Their coffee is Fair Trade & Organic, ethically and sustainably sourced, and roasted locally by Vintage Coffee Roasters, Signal Coffee Co. and Relay Coffee.
Café Oranje also offers house-made as well as locally-sourced baked goods, and tasty light breakfast and lunch including croquettes, homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, and savory pies. Many of their menu offerings are vegan-friendly and gluten-free. They are proud to work with several local bakeries and retailers to source their products. Their sandwiches are all hot-pressed and unique.
Espresso, Coffee, Tea, Vegan-Friendly Treats, etc.
Address: 312 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1C2
Phone: 905 521 0551
“I cannot stress enough how wonderful this place is. The staff are always wonderful, and everything I have ever gotten as been amazing. The food is always delicious, and the drinks are impeccable, the best coffee in Hamilton. It makes me happy every time I go.” – Kira Watson
Ark & Anchor
Ark & Anchor was established in the fall of 2015. Their flair for exceptional customer service and great coffee made the cafe a go-to spot in the Strathcona neighbourhood. Since then, they have committed themselves to providing the community with the perfect space to enjoy great drinks and food in the company of friends.
Providing a perfect cafe experience if guests need a place to hunker down for a long study session, talk business, or just enjoy a great coffee and some great food with friends. Their space has been created with a focus on tranquility, openness, and inclusivity, and they like to think it shows. They offer a full range of coffee and tea beverages from both their espresso bar, as well as a wide range of health forward food options that they pride themselves on making entirely fresh in house.
Small Bites, Healthy Lunches, Pastries, and Hot and Cold Beverages.
Address: 300 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 1B1
Phone: 905 751 9345
“Great coffee! My friend recommended this place to me. Usually I am not a fan of how noisy and crowded coffee shops can get but this place is nice, quiet and comfy. The top floor is great if you want to have a chat with some friends, read or even study. Overall good atmosphere and even better coffee.” – Amal Shahzad
The Cannon opened their doors days before Christmas way back in 2011. They bring in coffees from different roasters, brewing them the best they can, creating the yummiest and prettiest espresso milk drinks baking fresh cookies, scones, and vegan muffins every morning in their tiny kitchen. They also offer waffles. A hot fluffy waffle topped with goodies is so simple but a beautiful thing.
Coffee, Roasters, Tea, Cookies, Waffles, etc.
Address: 179 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON L8H 3Z4
“Very nice waffles, coffee and tea. Great little spot. Lots of parking around. Arrived around 930 on a Sunday. Few people inside. Bye the time we left it was packed. Had a waffle with strawberries, chocolate drizzle and fresh cream. It was awesome. The other was a breakfast waffle, with poached eggs and roasted veggies. So good as well. Will be going back for more. Very friendly and great atmosphere!” – Adam Rinker
SYNONYM is a neighborhood wine bar, bottle shop, café, and bookshop that celebrates art, community & culture. The name reflects the shop’s many dimensions, a from-scratch kitchen focusing on local producers and farmers, a large natural wine & craft beer list, specialty coffee, and a curated bookshop aimed at nurturing the creative community. Located in one of the oldest streets in the country. The street consists of early 20th century, low-rise brick buildings with street level galleries, retail, restaurants, and cafes with studios and apartments above. With the influx of artisans, it has transformed James Street North into an enclave of indie shops, cafés, and galleries, turning The Hammer into “Brooklyn of the North.”
Coffee, wine, Scones, Breakfast Food, etc.
Address: 328 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H2
Phone: 905 525 7974
“Cute coffee shop with a great selection of small batch beers and ciders as well. Cozy atmosphere, great for a date or getting some work done.” – Alvin C
Vintage Coffee Roasters
Vintage Coffee Roasters offers a specialty coffee roastery and coffee shop. They believe that sourcing green coffee transparently is vital. They source coffees that have been grown and processed ethically and responsibly. Whenever possible, Vintage Coffee Roasters seeks to establish sustainable, long-term relationships with the farmers that produce the coffee they buy. They roast their coffee with intentionality and seek to highlight the best flavors in every coffee they roast, bringing out the unique flavors each coffee has to offer.
Freshly-roasted Coffees, Freshly Baked Goods, Toasts and Sandwiches, etc.
Address: 977 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1C3
“Now this is a proper neighbourhood coffee shop! The barista was friendly and skilled, she knew about the beans that were being used and asked me the right questions to make my coffee exactly how I like it.
I grabbed a bag of beans to try at home and they were fantastic. I can’t wait to come back.” – Cat Giraffe