A Guide to Hamilton’s Cafes


Hamilton has way more cafes than you think it does.

I’ve tasked myself with going to every cafe in Hamilton this year and even I am realizing the list is quite extensive, with over 50 options in the city.

I have been going to the city’s many cafes for years but have fallen victim to playing favourites in each area. In an effort to spread the local love, I am visiting every cafe in the city.

While creating many roundups on Instagram, I’ve also compiled the list to keep everything in one place. My one rule is that the place has to offer takeout coffee, otherwise it’s a restaurant in my mind.

This list excludes corporate chains as the focus is purely on the locally owned cafes that are all a part of Hamilton’s buzzing community. I will do my best to keep this list as updated as possible when cafes open and unfortunately close.

Some cafes offer seating to sit and enjoy your coffee, while others are takeout only. All of them are vital to keep the city caffeinated while we are all out and about – for work, for leisure, for a daily caffeinated survival.

Cafe Domestiique

Downtown Hamilton
☕️ Alibi Coffee Bar
☕️ Andiamo 
☕️ Ark + Anchor

☕️ Cafe Oranje 
☕️ Cherry Birch General 
☕️ Chocolat On James
☕️ Dear Grain Bakery 
☕️ Detour Cafe
☕️ Durand Coffee 
☕️ House of Java

☕️ One for All Coffee 
☕️ Mezza Cafe
☕️ MySweeTooth
☕️ Relay Coffee Roasters 
☕️ Redchurch Cafe + Gallery 
☕️ Studio 205 

James Street North
☕️ Chocolat On James
☕️ Mulberry Coffeehouse
☕️ Saint James 
☕️ Smalls Coffee
☕️ Steeltown Garage 
☕️ Synonym 

Ottawa Street
☕️ Ottawa Market (Mrktbox)
☕️ Crown & Press Gallery 
☕️ Simply Italian Bakery
☕️ The Cannon
☕️ The Hearty Hooligan

East Hamilton
☕️ Cafe Baffico
☕️ Rooney’s
☕️ Vintage Coffee Roasters 

Barton Village 
☕️ 541 Eatery & Exchange
☕️ Barton Salumeria
☕️ Bean and Bagel Cafe
☕️ Comma Cafe
☕️ Pinch Bakery & Plant Shop

☕️ Detour Cafe
☕️ Cafe Domestiique

Locke Street
☕️ Artie’s 
☕️ Bardō
☕️ Democracy+
☕️ Donut Monster
☕️ Dundurn Market (Mrktbox)
☕️ Planted
☕️ Strathcona Market (Mrktbox)

Concession Street
☕️ Heal Wellness
☕️ Incline Coffee Co.
☕️ Lemon & Ice

Westdale Village
☕️ Phin Coffee
☕️ Paisley Coffeehouse & Eatery 
☕️ Next Door Cafe 

Durand Coffee
Redchurch Cafe + Gallery