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Wake up and smell the coffee, fellow Banff travelers! It’s time to head out to find the best cappuccino in town!
Banff is home to an abundance of natural beauty; however, it’s also home to some great cafes where you can find delicious barista-made coffee. In fact, one of the best things about visiting here is that there are so many coffee shops in Banff to choose from – you’ll find something for every taste and preference.
Whether you’re looking for a good old-fashioned java, energy-boosting espresso, or even just need some quality time with friends, you’ll be sure to find it in one of the many amazing cafes in Banff.
But how do you know where to go when you’re in search of that delicious cup of coffee? With so many cafes to choose from, narrowing it down can be tricky. Well, in this blog, I’ll tell you about my five absolute favorite cafes in Banff that every coffee lover should enjoy. This way, you won’t have a bad coffee during your visit and can enjoy some of the best local, trendy cafes!
5 BEST Cafes and Coffee Shops in Banff
1. Wild Flour Bakery
- Location: One block from Banff Ave in central Banff
- Hours: They’re open 7 am to 4 pm every day of the week!
- Type of food: Baked goods and sandwiches, dine-in and to-go
- Average cost per meal: $7.50 CAD
- Why we love it: Wild Flour Bakery offers a wide variety of always fresh food and are also actively involved in the local community.
- Dog friendly: Yes, but only at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables
Wild Flour Bakery is a local favorite in Banff and one of the best downtown cafes. They have been around since the late 1800s and their rich history is well known in Banff.
Wild Flour Bakery is a fun, light-hearted bakery cafe that will make your travel woes disappear. They have top-notch options to-go and their dine-in atmosphere makes it hard not to want everything on the menu! Plus, since they’re dog friendly you can enjoy some tasty treats while interacting with pet owners alike.
This little cafe is a must-visit for any breakfast lover. For one, their coffee is brewed professionally and each cup looks as good as it tastes. You can also get fresh juices if coffee isn’t your thing. Personally, though, I always get their cappuccino which certainly wakes you up in the morning.
For food, their sandwiches are a favorite of mine and come layered with fresh ingredients squished carefully between two slices of their famous homemade bread – they’re perfect to grab to go before a day out exploring all of the fun things to do around Banff. You can also get classics such as Avo Toast, and their signature Breakfast Frittata Sandwich.
If you’re a lover of sweet things, you’ll love their pastries crafted by the chef. The chocolate croissant is a favorite of mine and there is no one in Banff that does them better (a big statement I know, but I stand by it!)
For lunchtime, there are a variety of specials available each day. They change it up frequently depending on what’s available to ensure freshness. Their Vegan Veggie Sandwich has been known by locals as being incredibly tasty. So, if neither meat nor dairy satisfies your appetite then give it a try!
With an ever-changing selection of baked goods to choose from as well as fresh-made sandwiches and salads, Wild Flour is well-known as one of the best cafes in Banff!
2. Whitebark Cafe
- Location: Southern end of Banff Ave
- Hours: Open from 6:30 am to 6 pm every day of the week
- Type of food: Baked goods as well as freshly prepaired meals
- Average cost per meal: $5 CAD
- Why we love it: While being one of the best coffee shops in Banff is enough on its own, their comforting food and atmosphere are hard to beat as well.
- Dog friendly: Yes, on their patio only
What’s better than a great cup of coffee? A delicious brew paired with some yummy treats, which is why this cafe in Banff stands out on our “5 best cafes in Banff” list. But don’t let its location at second place fool you – they were also voted “Best of the Bow: Coffee.” An honor not easily attained!
Whitebark Cafe is the perfect destination for anyone who wants a delicious meal and an enjoyable atmosphere. They have an excellent selection of teas, both hot and cold; light fare; and even offer wine! The coffee is good and needs no introduction since it’s sourced from Moja Coffee – one of the best in Canada.
The best part about this establishment, though, is their sausage rolls- they’re legendary among all who’ve tried them so far (and there’s plenty that have).
Another great savory option is their Quiche which is cooked fresh with high-quality ingredients. They also have lots of sweet treats including gluten-free and vegan options. The Banana Mango Vegan Muffin is one of my favorites and pairs perfectly with a hot brew!
Whitebark is also dog-friendly on its outdoor patio. So, don’t leave your pooch at home, bring him down so he doesn’t miss out on all the fun.
What more can one say about the Whitebark Cafe? It’s without question one of Banff’s best cafes but also holds up well among other small-town cafes across Canada. If you’re looking for an energizing liquid grind while traveling through Banff, then be sure to stop by1
3. Evelyn’s Coffee Bar
- Location: On Banff Ave near Park Distillery
- Hours: Open 7 am to 7 pm Sunday to Thursday and 7 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday
- Type of food: Baked goods and sandwiches
- Average cost per meal: $7 CAD
- Why we love it: Evelyn’s has a ton of options for just about everyone
- Dog friendly: Yes, on the patio
Evelyn’s Coffee Bar is not just a place for coffee lovers. If you’re looking to get out of your daily routine and enjoy some time away from the office, this might be just the escape you’re looking for! They offer everything that every cafe guest could ask for – both traditional drinks as well as other options such as light bites or sandwiches which will make their experience more enjoyable overall.
Evelyn’s Coffee Bar houses all your favorite treats and snacks in one place. They have everything from rice Krispie treats to a Salmon Bagel and even homemade soup! If it is Vanilla Scones that you are looking for, then look no further. These delicious little cakes will brighten any day with their sweet flavor combination of fresh whipped cream cheese mixed into fluffy doughy goodness! (Did we just drool?)
The best part is, Evelyn’s Coffee Bar is located on Banff Ave in the heart of town. In fact, you’ll find them next to Park Distillery, one of the best distilleries in Banff. When Banff town began closing the street off to vehicles in the summer for outdoor dining, they had one spectacular view. Hopefully, this returns again!
With its modern design, this cafe is the perfect place for those who want to take their time and enjoy themselves. The menu has plenty of options that can easily be turned into a “grab n’ go” meal too!
4. Buffalo Mountain Cafe
- Location: Outskirts of Banff is a quiet location
- Hours: 8am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday (only temporarily reduced hours)
- Type of food: Baked goods as well as freshly prepaired meals
- Average cost per meal: $8 CAD
- Why we love it: Beautiful location and amazing sandwiches
- Dog friendly: No
Located just off the beaten path at an unexpected location, Buffalo Mountain Cafe is one of the Banff cafes that will make your day. With great coffee and kind staff – this place has it all!
Buffalo Mountain Cafe has everything you need for a perfect picnic if you’re so inclined. Their menu is more substantial than it looks with so many delicious sandwiches! You won’t regret ordering one of these when your taste buds start tingling because not only are they delicious (and nutritious), but they’re also bursting with flavor! I’d say they’re a reason to visit on their own.
As for coffee, it’s strong, full of flavor, and well priced for Banff. They serve mainly traditional drinks but what they do, they do well!
Come to the Buffalo Mountain Cafe for a delicious meal, charming ambiance, and breathtaking scenery. It’s not just about the food here – you’ll come away with an unforgettable experience! Enjoying a coffee outside on a beautiful day is a must and this is certainly a favorite with those who like to escape the craziness of Banff Ave. Dare I say it’s a local secret hidden in plain sight?
Everything in their counter looks delicious and I’m certainly going to keep trying to taste it all – it may take a while!
5. Good Earth Coffeehouse
- Location: Banff Ave right on the corner with Elk Street
- Hours: Open 7am- 7pm every day.
- Type of food: Paninis, flatbreads, and breakfast bowls
- Average cost per meal: $5 CAD
- Why we love it: Super fresh food that offers catering for any occasion and a gorgeous patio perfect for people watching
- Dog friendly: Yes but on the patio only
“Do Good Feel Good” – this is the motto from one of Banff’s best cafes, Good Earth Coffee House, and this couldn’t be more true. Not only do they have an amazing selection of delicious food but their eco-friendly practices and commitment to sustainability are unparalleled! You’ll never regret stopping by for a morning cup (or two) here – we promise you’ll leave feeling good about yourself too.
If you are looking to enjoy a delicious meal, Good Earth has got your back. This cafe offers breakfast through lunch and they are open until 7 pm so you could even grab dinner! Some must-try items include their delicious savory breakfast bowls, homemade salads, and fresh baked goods.
One of my favorite things about the Banff location of Good Earth (they’re a small chain with locations in places like Canmore and Calgary too) is their outdoor seating with breathtaking views and a gas fireplace for cooler days. It’s the best place to people watch, which I do often!
When you need a break from your day, Good Earth Coffeehouse is the place for some relaxation. From their environmentally friendly approach to serving both communities and customers alike, it’s hard not to be satisfied with all they have in store.
Related Read: Visiting Good Earth Cafe is also one of the best things to do indoors in Calgary since they also have a location here!
Thanks for reading!
We hope you enjoyed our blog about the absolute best cafes in Banff. It’s true, Banff is a coffee lovers paradise and the above cafes are my personal favorites. We could go on and on about how amazing these cafes are, but you’ll just have to try them for yourself!
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