Alberta & BC Rockies Coffee Shop Scene

Going out for a cup of coffee in the Canadian Rockies can take one from the ordinary to the breathtaking. The locals love coffee and they love to get together. Coffee shops have filled the need for alcohol-free recreation by providing unique and warm places to enjoy a great cup of coffee. Only a few years ago, you had to think, "where can we go for coffee?" or settle for mundane diner coffee. No longer!

The Canadian Rockies has a couple of clusters, known for their pedestrian traffic, which have also become little clusters of coffee culture.

There are a number of popular coffee shops in Canmore. Downtown, you'll find Beamers (with 2 locations and 40 types of beans), The Max (with its funky atmosphere), and Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. and Le Bistro, both known for their breakfast and lunch crowds. Across the River and closer to the Transportation-Canada Highway, are a number of other establishments: Beamer's Coffee Bar (licensed), and another location of the Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. There's also the Kick 'n' Glide Cafe & Lounge at the Canmore Nordic Centre, with a nice view of Mount Rundle (from the opposite side from Banff).

Banff Avenue is the focal point of pedestrian activity in the town. Evelyn's Coffee Bar (Town Centre Mall, 201 Banff Avenue) offers a wide selection of coffees, soups, sandwiches and home-baked goodies (even packed lunches to go for hikers). Fine Grind (137 Banff Avenue) offers Banff's largest selection of coffees, including cappuccinos and espressos, accompanied with light meals and baked goods. The Cake Company (Cascade Plaza) has a good selection of desserts, coffees and pastries.

There's also a lot of action just "off" the main drag. Jump Start (best known for their baked goods),and The Coffee & Sandwich Place (206 Buffalo St) has a friendly, casual atmosphere with a pleasant view of Central Park. The Cake Company (Bear Street Mall) offer good coffee and desserts in a quieter, off-the-beaten-path atmosphere.

Lake Louise
The town is focused around the Samson Mall. There you'll find Laggan's Mountain Bakery & Delicatessen, which offers soffee, fresh baked goods, soups & sandwiches. Up the hill, at the Chateau Lake Louise, is the Chateau Deli, which offers coffee, fresh muffins and sandwiches made to order (open 24 hours).

The town's pedestrian activity is focused on Connought Drive, across from the train station. The best places in Jasper for coffee are: Bear's Paw Bakery (on Cedar), the Soft Rock Jasper Internet Cafe (on Connought), and O'Shea's Restaurant & Cappuccino Bar (in the Athabasca Hotel), Coco's Cafe, Spooners, and Truffles & Trout (all on Patricia),

Bragg Creek
The town of Bragg Creek seems to be built around the Bragg Creek Village Centre mall. Locals head to the Bragg Creek Coffee Company, though Mario's Trattoria is also very popular (with its cakes and all).

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