By Candice Walsh
For such a small city, St. John’s has a surprisingly large number of cafés around town. Many of them are downtown along Water Street and Duckworth Street, and each has its own distinct vibe and personality. The following are four of the best bets for espresso, light bites or a straight up cuppa joe.
QUIET ESCAPE | Coffee & Company. Coffee meets Godiva chocolate in this swanky, dimly lit café on Water Street. It’s one of the less busy coffee joints in town—perhaps because its drinks are a little pricier than others—but it’s a good place to come to escape the crowds and to get some work or study time in. The specialty coffees and drinks are a big hit. Try the hot apple cider or the Chocolate Monkey (banana hot chocolate).
OL’ RELIABLE | Hava Java. This place has a very indie vibe and is much smaller than the other coffee joints, but there’s a reason its loyal clientele keep coming back for more: their coffee is delicious and reasonably priced, and their soup and “sammies” at lunch are unreal. Butternut squash, carrot-ginger-cardamom or roasted red pepper and tomato can be made into your custom sandwich, but we suggest the vegetarian hummus.
SUPERIOR BREW | Jumping Bean. Roasted locally, Jumping Bean coffee ranks high for coffee snobs who know quality brew. Their spot on Harvey Road is a great place to work distraction free, as the seating area is in a separate room from where people place their orders. Plus their selection of coffee beans is amusingly East Coast—the Screech, for instance. Yep, rum-flavoured coffee. You’d be surprised how well it works.
FAB FOOD | Rocket Bakery. Formerly known as Auntie Crae’s, Rocket Bakery opened in 2011 and has been getting a steady flow of customers ever since. Their colourful storefront and cartoonish branding might be partially responsible, but their epic lunch choices and Canadian roasted coffee is the most likely culprit. The best time to come? Early in the morning so you can order a warm breakfast croissant with fried egg and bacon.