Summer is slowly winding down, which means fall is on its way. Of course, it’s always hard to say goodbye to the warm weather. That said, autumn comes with a few perks of its own—including wooly sweaters, spectacular leaves, and (you guessed it) soothing hot beverages.
There’s nothing quite like sipping a cappuccino and watching the world go by. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of places to do just that in Hamilton!
Here are five downtown coffee shops every Hamiltonian should check out as fall approaches…
1) Mulberry Coffeehouse
Without a doubt, Mulberry Coffeehouse is one of the best places to warm up in Hamilton. This comfy hotspot is nestled into a historic building on James Street North (think high ceilings and exposed brick). Of course, there’s much more to love than just the atmosphere. Here you’ll find delicious baked goods, light cafe fare, and (of course) some of the best coffee in the city. If you’re a hazelnut fan, you can’t go wrong with the Nutella latte. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself as the cooler weather sets in!
2) Salty Espresso
Salty Espresso is known for its friendly vibe—and for doing the basics right. If you’re a coffee-lover, that’s important. After all, there’s nothing quite like a perfectly-pulled espresso shot or a seriously impressive flat white! While this cozy cafe is small, the flavours are anything but. Head over in the morning for the brekkie burger, which contains bacon, eggs, and house chutney. If it’s a wholesome lunch you’re after, the avo salad (adorned with candied grapefruit) is ideal. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Salty Espresso will have something that satisfies.
3) Saint James
No doubt about it: Saint James is one of the best places to grab a coffee in Hamilton. This bright, clean cafe serves up savoury snacks and meals (the variety of toasts alone, from mushroom to smoked salmon and eggs, demands a visit). Even more importantly, the hot beverages are beautifully-crafted. The macchiato is perfection on a cold day, as is the cortada. If you visit before the cooler weather sets in, the ice coffees are just as incredible! No matter the season, you’ll want to add this James Street North favourite to your rotation.
4) Steeltown Garage Co.
Steeltown Garage Co. is truly unique, something that can’t be said about most cafes. This little gem is located in a vintage motorcycle shop—and beloved by its clientele. Of course, you don’t have to ride a Harley to enjoy an incredible americano or latte, and you’ll be welcomed even if you don’t. You’ll also find a nice selection of loose-leaf tea, and some of the best biscotti in Hamilton. At Steeltown Garage Co., the atmosphere is warm, the decor is rustic (yet stylish), and the hot drinks are never disappointing!
This tiny coffee shop may be grab-and-go, but the espresso-based beverages it serves up demand to be savoured. Smalls boasts flavourful beans from Sam James Coffee, luxuriously-steamed milk for its lattes, and impossibly-tasty organic pastries from De La Terre. Put simply, this place is the real deal. When you’re doing some shopping or simply scoping out the sights on James Street North, make sure you hit up this Cannon Street East go-to!
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