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Jasper is a quaint little town in the middle of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Not only does it have access to some incredible scenery but it is home to many attractions including Alberta’s tallest mountain and Spirit Island in Maligne Lake. It’s safe to say that Jasper is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts offering a huge range of things to do and see including some incredible whitewater rafting tours!
But Jasper is not just about nature, the town is full of delicious restaurants including some pretty special cafes and coffee shops – perfect for fueling you up before a big day of adventure!
We’ve been to Jasper countless times, and I’m almost certain we’ve visited every single cafe in this small town at least once. And let me tell you, there are some good ones! Whether you’re just looking for a strong cup of coffee-to-go or a delicious sit-down breakfast, you can find the perfect cafe in Jasper.
So, to help you out, we’ve narrowed it down to the absolute 5 best cafes and coffee shops in Jasper!
The BEST Cafes and Coffee Shops in Jasper
1. Bear’s Paw Bakery
- Location: 4 Pyramid Lake Rd, Jasper
- Type of food: Sit down and grab and go freshly baked goods, including homemade ice cream over warm apple pie.
- Average cost per meal: $10 CAD
- Why we love it: Fresh homemade cakes and scones.
- Hours: Open every day from 6 am to 6 pm.
Bear’s Paw Bakery is iconic in Jasper, so much so that they opened a second location called the Other Paw Bakery. Both locations are right in Jasper Town, serving up homemade treats! You can get your favorite croissant or pie at either shop with a fresh taste every day, thanks to their innovative recipes that have been perfected over time by expert bakers.
Step into the cozy cafe and indulge in a selection of classic European-style pastries or Canadian-style cakes while you sip on a coffee. Sample their warm and gooey Granny Smith apple pie or the fluffy carrot cake. You can also choose from famous trail cookies for that extra boost on those high-energy days on the trail or some hearty muffins in case it gets chilly outside!
Let’s not forget about those moist raspberry white chocolate scones! They’re not only delicious, but they’ll also warm up any cold winter day with their rich, creamy goodness. Honestly, I get one every time I’m in Jasper.
This cafe is number one on our list of the best cafes in Jasper because of its unrivaled commitment to serving the best-baked goods from scratch every single day. Whether you’re looking for a quick stop for breakfast on your way up the Jasper SkyTram or a place to refuel after a long day of hiking, Bear Paw’s is the perfect spot!
You can check out the Bear Paw’s menu online here!
2. Sunhouse Cafe
- Location: 610 Patricia St, Jasper
- Type of food: Australian sit-down cuisine with salmon and smoked ham.
- Average cost per meal: $25 CAD
- Why we love it: Fresh produce with a variety of surprising and flavored dishes.
- Hours: Every day from 9 am to 3 pm.
What’s not to love about #2 on our list of the best Jasper coffee shops? Sunhouse has a delicious array of food and coffee that will leave you wanting more. From their coconut-flavored macadamia milk porridge to their brazed lentil bowls, you get a real sense of the exotic with every bite.
But what’s most impressive is the freshness of their ingredients. Jasper is a city that’s known for its breathtaking views, but with Sunhouse Cafe, you can get an equally beautiful view of fresh and colorful produce.
And it doesn’t stop there! The menu also features many vegan options so everyone can enjoy what they serve up at this inviting establishment.
The ambiance and drinks at this place are great, especially on a dreary winter day in Jasper. There’s tons of natural light while you sip your coffee!
The avocado toast is a staple and loaded with tasty ingredients; it could make a perfect late-night snack or breakfast when out on the town before hitting up some hiking trails later today. As far as salads go – the All Day Salad refreshes every taste bud.
3. SnowDome Coffee Bar
- Location: 607 Patricia St, Jasper
- Type of food: Sit down coffee and baked goods.
- Average cost per meal: $6 CAD
- Why we love it: Simple, made-from-scratch cinnamon buns in a neat Laundromat setup.
- Hours: Open every day 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Wherever you go, there’s no place like home. The SnowDome has been a local Jasper cafe’s favorite home away from home for 13 years, and we know why – because their espresso coffee is just too good!
There’s nothing like a great cup of coffee to start your day off right. And at SnowDome Coffee Bar which is set in a laundromat, they make sure that their customers are getting not only the best drink but also excellent customer service. They have knowledgeable staff who will guide you through any brewing questions or concerns!
The roasting processes for this area’s finest coffees happen right in Alberta. It all begins with high-quality Arabica beans sourced locally whenever possible – meaning brighter flavors and greater consistency across cups brewed by anyone visiting as well as locals alike.
SnowDome is the place to go for fresh, tasty baked goods! The recipes are all homemade and developed by their expert bakers. They have an amazing array of options, including Banana Bread that will make your mouth water or the Berry Sour Cream Muffins; all are made with love by their skilled chefs!
4. Wicked Cup
- Location: 912 Connaught Dr
- Type of food: Sit down or take out with bagels and baguettes.
- Average cost per meal: $16 CAD
- Why we love it: Fresh egg baguettes with gouda cheese.
- Hours: Every Day from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
Whether you’re averse to caffeine or not, there’s something for everyone at Wicked Cup. With flavors that are rich and full of imported coffee beans alongside fresh teas, they’ll guarantee your palette will be screaming for more!
If you’re not a tea or coffee person, have your taste buds tantalized by the glass of wine and craft beer perfectly matched to milky Couture Jacek Chocolates.
If you’re looking for a quick, healthy refreshment that will give your body the boost it needs before going back out into those busy streets, then come on in! They offer freshly squeezed orange juice and fruit smoothies as well. But if all else fails, there is always one thing they know how to make- Glow Juicery cleansing juice – made with pure organic produce.
You don’t want to miss out on the amazing deals at this restaurant! The menu is filled with organic coffee and tea, beer specials, plus a cocktail hour. You’ll love their sweet patio, where you can enjoy spectacular mountain views while sipping your favorite drink – they even provide an outdoor fire pit for added comfort in cool weather!
5. Coco’s Cafe
- Location: 608-B Patricia St, Jasper
- Type of food: Sit down or take out with online catering ordering of delicious sourdough bread and bagels.
- Average cost per meal: $15 CAD
- Why we love it: Rustic dine-in feel with creative baked goods galore. Lots of vegan options.
- Hours: Every day, 6 am to 6 pm.
This Cafe is a place where you can escape from the hustle and bustles of city life. The small space has been designed to make customers feel at home with calming colors, natural light fixtures in every corner as well soothing music playing overhead that will help soothe your soul while sipping on some coffee or tea!
Coco’s Cafe is a one-of-a-kind coffeehouse that not only bakes its own delicious artisan bread but also caters to the exacting standards of even large groups. They offer an ever-changing selection of coffees and teas as well as catering services available. From those who need to get their fix to those who have an entire party needing to be fed – this place has you covered!
This Jasper cafe is a one-stop-shop for all your bread needs. There you can find artisan sourdoughs, coffee, and espresso – and even a full breakfast & lunch menu daily that has vegan-friendly options! They also offer an array of different foods to choose from on the side, including cakes or cupcakes.
You can check out Coco’s Cafe menu here!
Related Read: Before going to Jasper, be sure to read our guide on Where to Stay in Jasper including the best hotels.
Join a Jasper food tour!
Want to take your food experience in Jasper to the next level? Then consider joining one of the best tours in Jasper – a food tour!
This 3-hour food tour will take you through historic Jasper to visit four incredible restaurants. At each stop, you’ll try some delicious, local food that is paired with a boozy drink (sorry, no kids on this one!) You’ll also hear some of the wild and mysterious stories about Jasper’s colorful and fun history.
It’s a great way to spend a few hours, make new friends, and explore Jasper! The cost is $134 CAD and includes an expert guide and all food and drinks.
Other Activities to do While You’re in Jasper
Jasper National Park is just filled with fun things to do and see! So besides visiting Maligne Lake, there are a few other activities that we recommend that you check off your to-do list. They are:
- Whitewater rafting – Jasper is one of the best places in Alberta to go whitewater rafting with a few different rivers nearby. For an adrenaline-filled rafting experience complete with class 3 rapids, opt for this rafting tour. It has nearly all 5-star reviews and costs $123 CAD per person. For something a little calmer and family-friendly but just as highly rated, choose this scenic rafting experience for only $85 CAD each.
- Spirit Island – Maligne Lake is arguably the most famous lake in Jasper National Park. At Maligne Lake you can hike, canoe on the lake, or eat at a lakeside restaurant. However, the best activity at the lake is this scenic Maligne Lake Cruise which takes you out on the water for the best vantage point. The cruise also takes you to the famous Spirit Island, which is so picture-perfect that you’ve likely seen it on Instagram before.
- Drive the Icefields Parkway – The Icefields Parkway is the super scenic stretch of road that connects Jasper with Lake Louise. There are tons of attractions on the Icefields Parkway including hikes, stunning blue lakes like Peyto Lake, as well as the Columbia Icefield. If you’ve ever wanted to walk on a glacier, you can do that at the Columbia Icefield on this guided hiking tour that takes you onto Athabasca Glacier. If you aren’t much of a hiker, join this bus tour onto the glacier instead – you’ll still stand on the glacier but no hiking is required!
- Explore Maligne Canyon – Located on the edge of Jasper town is the beautiful Maligne Canyon, where you can hike alongside and peer down into the deep canyon. There are also a few bridges you can walk on to really take in the views. In the winter, we highly recommend doing an icewalk in the canyon where you put on ice cleats and explore frozen waterfalls, ice caves, and walk in the middle of the frozen canyon!
- Visit Pyramid Lake – Pyramid Lake is a calm lake that offers reflections of the surrounding mountains including the symmetrical Pyramid Mountain. In the summer you can swim, hike, canoe, and SUP on the lake. In winter, go ice skating or ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. For an extra special treat, spend the night lakeside at the Pyramid Lake Resort.
Where to Stay in Jasper
When compared to Banff (and the dozens of hotels in Banff), there actually aren’t that many to choose from in Jasper. That’s right, accommodation in Jasper is limited, and therefore it’s important to book your stay as far in advance as possible!
Here, I’ve handpicked some of my personal favorite hotels in Jasper suitable for any type of traveler with any type of budget!
Jasper Downtown Hostel (Budget Backpackers)
Jasper Downtown Hostel is the best place to stay for those on a tight budget. The central location just a couple blocks from shops and restaurants, shared facilities, and a friendly atmosphere make it a great place to stay. They offer budget dorm beds as well as affordable private rooms ranging from $45 – $179 CAD.
Whistlers Inn (Moderate Budget)
Whistlers Inn is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a nice escape right in town and only a short walk from popular bars, restaurants, and attractions in Jasper. They also have a rooftop hot tub (pictured above) – need I say more? Because of its reasonable price of $300 CAD or less, it books up quickly so make sure to try and reserve as soon as you can!
You can check prices and availability on Booking.com.
Forest Park Hotel (Moderate to High Budget)
Forest Park Hotel is a great place to stay if you want a comfortable stay for a reasonable price right in town. There are some standard rooms, as well as some units with kitchenettes.
The rate for a queen room with two beds averages around $400 CAD. The hotel has an indoor pool and spa on-site as well as a gym and two restaurants. One is for breakfast and another for dinner and drinks – be sure to order their Detriot-style deep-dish pizza!
You can check prices and book Forest Park Hotel on Booking.com.
Pyramid Lake Resort (Luxury)
This place is beautiful, and it is set in an even more beautiful location! Pyramid Lake is the perfect place for hiking, swimming, kayaking, or even skating in the winter.
Pyramid Lake Resort doesn’t cut any corners and it’s a highly-rated hotel. It’s also a popular place to stay for couples – some rooms have a cozy fireplace to snuggle up around.
There is also a gym and hot tub to make use of! Prices vary based on the time of year but expect a room during the summer to run around $400 CAD a night.
You can check availability and book on Booking.com.
For more detailed info on the best hotels and areas to stay in Jasper, read our blog!
Travel Insurance is more important than ever right now!
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We’ve personally used SafetyWing for many different trips, and we’ve been reimbursed for countless expenses when we’ve fallen ill. SafetyWing even covered our flights back to Canada in full when the pandemic first happened (when last-minute flights before the borders closed were super expensive!)
It’s safe to say that travel insurance has saved us thousands over the years!
Thanks for reading!
Jasper is home to some of the best coffee shops in Canada. If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee, fresh baked goods, or simply a place to relax and take in the scenery, Jasper has something for everyone. These five cafes are just a taste of what Jasper has to offer – be sure to check them out during your next visit!
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