Cozy Outaouais cafés well worth visiting!

Published on October 12 2021 - Updated on October 12 2021

Imagine yourself sitting in a comfortable chair, the sound of coffee machines in the background and rhythmic instrumental music setting the mood. The aroma of hot, flavourful coffee rises from the mug in front of you. You bring it to your lips to take a first sip of the warm, comforting liquid. Its taste envelops you as the coffee releases its notes of caramel and hazelnut. This is the definition of comfort. This is what awaits you in the cafés of the Outaouais.

Biscotti & cie

Just steps away from Gatineau Park, Biscotti & cie is the place to be in the heart of OldChelsea Square for a well-deserved break after an active day in the park. With family and friends or as a couple, treat yourself to tea, coffee, hot chocolate or even a delicious pastry. Inside, therea nice mezzanine for those who want a comfortable space; outsidetherea small garden with chairs where you can enjoy the fresh air. Hungry? Try one of their divine pizzas!

Where

6 Scott Rd., Chelsea (Quebec)

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The British Café

Located in the former Provincial Bank of Canada building, the British Café shines thanks to its architecture, a well-preserved reminder of another era. Agreat place for early risers, the British Café is also a great place to go in the evening to discover local musical artists, with an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) drink in hand!

Where

79 Principale St., Gatineau (Quebec)

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Moca Loca Café

In Gatineau, Moca Loca is a popular and well-established destination with several locations throughout the city. Each has its own distinguished atmosphere, but they all serve the same great European-style, certified organic and fair trade coffees for which the chain is known. And did we mention the scrumptious panini and decadent cakes? Youd be crazy not to try them!

Where

15 De Valcourt St., Gatineau (Quebec)

Good to know

There are 7 Moca Loca Café Co. outlets in the City of Gatineau.

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Brûlerie Café Aladdin

Established in 1989, Brûlerie Café Aladdin is a café and roastery where you can sit down to eat or enjoy a good roasted and certified organic fair trade coffee. Once there, you have an important decision to make: which roast to order? You can choose from a wide range of characteristics such as taste, aroma and region of origin. A world of possibilities! You can also buy bags of coffee at the café or online so that you can enjoy the highest quality coffee, even at home!

Where

774 St-Joseph Blvd., Gatineau (Quebec); 102-343 Gréber Blvd., Gatineau (Quebec)

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Café Downtown

 

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Discover the rustic charm of Café Downtown, a small coffee shop in a 1940s building in the heart of Fort-Coulonge village. The menu features pizzas, soups and sandwiches made with local ingredients. At CaféDowntown, youll also find quality coffees and a wide selection of craft beers. You wont go thirsty! In the evening, musical performances by guest artists add to the warm atmosphere.

Where

535 Baume Street, Fort-Coulonge (Quebec)

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Café Palmier

 

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A visit to Café Palmier is like a trip to the American West Coast! Not only will you find carefully roasted, sustainably sourced coffee, but youll fall in love with the Californian vibe. The spacious and modern look will certainly make you want to extend your visit beyond coffee. And thats just as well: theres a mouth-watering menu featuring local and seasonal products, and a bar serving house cocktails and craft beers that will help you quench your thirst.

Where

40 Scott Rd., Chelsea (Quebec)

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Les Petites Gamines

In the heart of downtown Gatineau, on LavalStreet, theres a trendy café with a retro feel that promises you plenty of sweet treats. Since the entire building is glassed in, you can easily see the purple neon signs on the walls of the café, including the famous Allez casse-toi (Go on, get lost)—a motto that has never been so inviting, especially when you spy the display of delectable pastries! Grab an espresso to go, and delight your family or colleagues with little treats to take away. Bonusthere are always surprises in store, as the menu changes often!

Where

60 Laval St., Gatineau (Quebec)

Good to know

No sit-down service; takeout only.

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Whether for a chat with friends over a good caffeinated beverage, a gourmet outing during a stay in the region or simply a treat for yourself, these Outaouais cafés get top marks! NOTE: There’s a good chance that your first visit won’t be your last. You have been warned!

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For more great places to eat and drink, check out these downtown Gatineau restaurants!

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