A cup of coffee is a great way to start your day when exploring Banff. Luckily there are a number of great coffee shops in Banff to give you the energy to tackle the Rockies.
Check out these locals coffee shops around Banff and neighboring Canmore for a tasty brew, snack, breakfast, or lunch. This all comes from two self-professed local coffee snobs.
- The Best Restaurants in Banff
- Our Favorite Spots For Breakfast in Banff
- The Best Restaurants in Canmore
- Our Favorite Sports For Breakfast in Canmore
The Best Coffee Shops in Banff and Beyond
If you’re looking for the best coffee around Banff then you need to head to Canmore and visit the Eclipse Coffee Roasters. They now have two locations one downtown and the original at the main intersection off Bow Valley Trail.
At the shop, you can find artisan single-origin roasts made in house or order a range of specialty coffees. Expect to find the usual ranging from a flat white to a latte and even a nice pour over for true coffee aficionados. This is our favorite spot and where we like to pick our coffee roast for home.
It’s also a great place to pick up a local roast for camping or a coffee before tackling a hike in Kananaskis off Smith Dorrien Trail or on your way to Banff.
- Location — 702 Bow Valley Trail #113, Canmore (GPS)
- Hours — 7:00 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Whitebark has been known to deliver the best coffee in Banff for a while now. On our first trip to Banff before we made the move here, we stopped by for several top-ups. They serve fair-trade organic coffee from Mojo Coffee in North Vancouver and loose leaf teas from Banff Tea Co.
They serve a number of nice pastries that include the occasional vegan or gluten-free option. As far as espresso-based drinks like a cappuccino or flat white they definitely serve the best in the Banff. However, it’s more a takeaway joint with only a small counter to sit and a few outdoor tables.
- Location — 401 Banff Ave, Banff (GPS)
- Hours — 6:30 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
The Trailhead Cafe in Lake Louise Village is our favorite apres ski pick-me-up. A nice range of coffee drinks, tasty baked treats, soup, and sandwiches. The staff is always friendly and they serve some excellent coffee.
In addition to the usual hot drip coffee, they have espresso drinks and creative beverages like a peppermint latte or a “winter’s night.” We’ve yet to have something here we don’t like! Makes for the perfect to fuel up on or recharge when enjoying a day out in the mountains.
A particular highlight is all of their tasty baked treats! If you’re visiting from out of the country you should try a Nanaimo bar, a classic Canadian pastry (warning they’re pretty sweet).
- Location — 101 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise (GPS)
- Hours — 7:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Wild Flour Bakery
This cafe serves up some great coffee and tea along with fresh-baked bread, sandwiches, pastries, and baked treats. It’s a great lunch spot as they have a great sandwich and soup/salad combo.
You can also find some gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan food and drink options. They have two locations the main bakery on Bear Street and a smaller cafe on Banff Ave called Little Wild.
If we’re after espresso in Banff it’s a close second behind Whitebark as our go-to spot. Unless we’re seeking lunch because they have some great sandwiches.
- Location — 211 Bear St #101, Banff, AB T0L 0A0, Canada (GPS)
- Hours — 7:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Beamer’s Coffee Bar
Beamer’s has been a local establishment since 1994. They have some great drip coffee blends and delicious snacks for a quick morning. You can find all of the usual coffee drinks.
As far as Canmore goes, it’s a close second to Eclipse Coffee. In particular, we suggest trying one of their delicious muffins. Prices are a bit more affordable than Eclipse and they have a selection of drip coffees in the morning if you’re seeking more standard coffee.
Location — 129 – 300 Old Canmore Rd, Canmore (GPS)
Hours — 6:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Evelyn’s Coffee Bar
This coffee shop has been on Banff Ave for decades and has been serving coffee all this time. They have a nice seating area and serve a number of sandwiches, cakes, and wraps. It’s not our favorite coffee in town, but its location is tough to beat.
- Location — 215 Banff Ave, Banff (GPS)
- Hours — 7:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
This is a local chain that began in Calgary that has since expanded all over Southern Alberta and Canada. You can find a location in both Banff, Canmore, and a bunch in Calgary.
We love Good Earth as they’re a reliable source of coffee. It’s also conveniently off the highway on the way from the Calgary Airport to Banff. It may be a franchise, but it is locally owned so we consider it a local coffee shop.
They also have great specialty lattes that change with the season like a cherry blossom latte in the spring. The Canmore location is particularly nice as they have a nice patio on the main street and a good interior for some work.
- Location — Multiple
- Hours — 7:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.
I don’t think a lot needs to be said about Starbuck’s. It’s pretty reliable and they always have a sweet seasonal “coffee” concoction. They’re open late and early right in downtown Banff.
Also, they’re “You Are Here” coffee mugs are pretty cute for Banff and Alberta. At least better than some of the cheap coffee mugs you’ll find in some tourist shops. That being said, we’d recommend you choose a local business instead.
- Location — Multiple
- Hours — 6:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m.
I feel obligated to add this one to the list because Tim Horton’s is a Canadian Institution. I’ve had Tim Horton’s coffee twice in my life and Tasha even worked at one for two months before we left to travel the world.
In my opinion, twice was enough for a lifetime. It’s cheap coffee that is drinkable and can save you in a pinch on a road trip. They also have the longest hours of any coffee shop in Banff.
The classic order is a double-double which is two creams and two sugars, but all of that is far too much for someone who drinks their coffee black.
- Location — Multiple
- Hours — 5:00 a.m. — 11:00 p.m.
The Best Coffee in The Region
Monogram Coffee – Calgary
One of the best coffee shops in Calgary with great baristas and a minimalist clean interior. They offer house roasted coffees and single origin pour overs. Along with Eclipse in Canmore they stand out for some wonderfully sourced single origin beans and well balanced blends.
This in addition to some well balanced flat whites and espresso based drinks make them a standout in Calgary. Brewing supplies are also sold here in addition to lovely baked goods that pair beautifully with the quality coffee. It’s my favorite spot for coffee in Calgary, but a bit out of the way for visitors to the area — more of a local’s thing.
- Location — 4814 16 St SW, Calgary (GPS)
- Hours — 6:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Sunhouse Cafe – Jasper
Sunhouse Cafe gets our nod for the best spot for breakfast in Jasper. The bright and airy cafe with modern decor serves some mouth-watering coffee and food. It’s located on the second floor of a small mall and the outdoor patio provides a pleasing view over Patricia Street.
Coffee is a strong focus here and they serve some great espresso-based drinks along with single-origin pour-overs. The food here is excellent and original with fresh ingredients and healthy options, this is the kind of place you’ll find fancy avocado toast — and I mean that in a nice way.
All drinks can be made with milk alternatives like oat milk for vegans. Top marks all around from the service to the atmosphere, drinks, and food.
- Location: 610 Patricia St, Jasper (GPS)
- Hours: 8:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
Rooftop Coffee Roasters – Fernie
A newer coffee shop in Fernie that offers some super tasty coffee. It’s set in a cozy little corner shop at the heart of the historic town center. I love the vibes inside the shop and it’s great to have some delicious morning espresso before diving into some deep powder at the ski resort.
Coffee roasts here are excellent and they’ve really nailed the espresso drinks at perfect ratios. The great roasts also come in compostable coffee bags which we really appreciate!
- Location — 492 2 Ave, Fernie (GPS)
- Hours — 9:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Phil & Sebastian – Calgary
This is the most prominent roaster in Calgary and the primary location has a chic interior full of wood, marble, and tile. It’s right near the Bow River so if you’re out for a walk downtown it makes for a nice pit stop.
They often have a seasonal roasts and coffee drink that complements the season. It’s some superbly roasted coffee and featured in many of the smaller coffee shops around the area including several on this list.
- Location —618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary (GPS)
- Hours — 8:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Analog Coffee – Calgary
A quality little coffee shop with a number of different locations around Calgary. They have some decent house roasts and single origin coffee. Espresso based drinks are quality and they have a great flat white.
The location off of 17th street is their primary store and offers some great pastries to pair with a coffee.
- Location — 740 17 Ave SW, Calgary (GPS)
- Hours — 7:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Wicked Cup – Jasper
Coco’s Cafe is a beloved local’s spot that’s cozy and delicious. They’ve got all of the classics of a relaxed cafe such as bagels, oatmeal cinnamon waffles, breakfast burritos, breakfast bowls, and huevos rancheros. There beans come from Phil & Sebastian so you’re getting a pretty quality roast.
A standout dish is the Breakfast Bagel a tummy-filling montreal style bagel with cream cheese, avocado, and verggies. You can choose from a nice range of coffee and tea drinks like a cappuccino or London fog (The Jasper Haze). It’s all pretty decent and can hit the spot if you’re hungry in the early morning as they’re one of the first breakfast spots to open in Jasper.
- Location: 608-B Patricia St, Jasper (GPS)
- Hours: 6:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Bluebird Cafe – Golden
A great cafe in Golden that is conveniently located right off the TransCanada and offers way better food or coffee than Timmies or McDonalds.
If you’re driving from Banff to B.C. it’s worth making a pit stop here to fill up on food or coffee — Golden is worth a stop altogether too! It’s a great locals spot with options for lunch and dinner along with some good coffee.
- Location — 802 9th St N, Golden (GPS)
- Hours — 7:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Kicking Horse – Invermere
Invermere is a pretty quiet resort town on the shore of lake Windermere, but one of the largest employers in town happens to be a coffee roasting company. They roast a ton of beans in town and it’s pretty tough to escape the delicious scent. We love to stop in for an espresso based drink when we’re driving down the Columbia Valley.
Kicking Horse is great and we used to love their coffees, but success has lead to a slight drop in the quality of their roasts. I find them to be a tad over roasted which results in oily beans.
Never the less it’s a brand that has spread across the country and we’ve even seen it exported to the States. Pretty wild success for a coffee shop that started in Invermere! (The coffee shop is currently closed due to COVID-19)
Swing through if you’re on your way out to explore the Bugaboos or some of the nearby hot springs.
- Location — 491 Arrow Rd, Invermere (GPS)
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