From Victoria to St. John’s, here are a few of our go-to places for a great cup of coffee.
Planet Coffee, Ottawa
These days, I’m more of a tea fan than a coffee drinker, but I still like stopping at Planet Coffee whenever I’m in Ottawa. Not only does the staff at this popular, independent coffee shop in the ByWard Market area make a mean chai latte, they also offer a variety of really delicious baked treats (try the rhubarb square). Plus, the shop’s friendly atmosphere makes out-of-towners feel perfectly at home among all the locals who love this place. Just remember to bring money; Planet only takes cash. —Jill Foran, editor
2% Jazz Coffee, Victoria
Tucked away on the south side of Victoria’s historic Hudson building, eco-friendly 2% Jazz Coffee pours one of my all-time favourite cups of joe. With expertly crafted coffee, friendly baristas, a bright, industrial interior and an on-site coffee roaster, this spot is my island go-to for a smooth macchiato or creamy mocha with almond milk. Pull up a stool at the massive community table or take it to go in a low-impact, compostable cup. —Diane Bolt, assistant editor
Fixed Coffee & Baking, St. John’s
I love this fun spot in St. John’s for its prime location downtown (there’s a second coffee bar location on Harvey Road), friendly staff and for how seriously they take coffee. Fixed only brews one single-origin coffee per day, never uses blends and gets beans from Anchored Coffee in Dartmouth, N.S., which works directly with bean farmers. And, did I mention the food? Everything is made fresh daily, including the bagels and pastries, and salad ingredients come from local Murray Meadows Farm. —Sara Samson, senior assistant editor
Collective Coffee, Saskatoon
On a rainy day in Saskatoon last summer, I stepped into this inviting coffee shop attached to a co-working space in the hip Riversdale neighbourhood. I immediately felt right at home thanks to its dark hardwood, urban vibe, good music, tattooed baristas and deliciously smooth lattes. When the sun is out, this award-winning spot has a wide-open storefront that opens up to sidewalk tables where you can chill and watch the 20th Street passersby. —Alyssa Quirico, editorial assistant
Recipe: Quebec Tourtière
Tourtière meat fillings are as varied as the cooks making them, but most often it’s a simple mix of ground pork or beef. It is a classic dish among French Canadians, usually served during the holidays. This recipe is from Chef Frédéric Cyr, culinary director at Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.