Just across the river from downtown, a short walk if the weather isn’t too bad is Kensington. Lots of different kinds of restaurants, shops – several of which are coffee shops. Being from somewhere else I can’t help comparing – to Queen Street West in Toronto – particularly The Roasterie.
Absolutely marvelous coffee. A corner of the very small cafe is taken up to roast and sell the many different kinds of coffee from around the world to take home – you can watch the coffee being roasted. The place is rich with the aromas of roasting coffee. Pick your roast and take it home or brave the baristas on the other side and order one to stay and find a seat if you can. The baristas are both cheerful and sometimes antagonistic – in a friendly way.
Not your usual Starbucks crowd but believe me the coffee is worth it.
They can be found at:
314 10 Street Northwest,
Calgary, AB T2N 1V7