There’s no shortage of trendy coffee shops in Alberta, but what if you’re looking for a study spot serving up more than just coffee and lemon loaf?
Here are five of our favourite spots to cram for exams — there’s no shame in cramming in some great food and maybe a glass of wine or two while you’re at it!
I think we’ve all experienced the anxiety that comes with trying to find a place to work in a busy neighbourhood like Kensington (good luck getting a spot at Higher Ground on a Saturday afternoon!). But a little ways off the main streets you’ll come across Vendome, one of the Teatro Group’s more casual venues.
Not far from SAIT and the University of Calgary, Vendome is a home away from home for students needing a relaxing place to get some serious work done. But the elegant café is more than just a study space. Serving breakfast, lunch and even dinner, try the Chicken Abodo, Thai Meatballs or one of their signature soups and salads on your study break. If you’re like us and function better in the evenings, you can even grab a glass of wine while you work — just be careful not to spill on that paper due tomorrow!
940 2 Avenue NW
Anywhere there’s coffee, there’s usually people working. And that’s why Kawa (which is Polish for coffee) has become a reliable spot for students and business folk to grab a bite to eat and inject a much-needed dose of caffeine.
Perhaps not as well-known as some of the other popular cafes lining 17th Avenue, Kawa quickly became one of our favourites after we fell victim to their mouthwatering display of baked goods (raspberry mousse cake, anyone?), refreshing salads and “healthy” desserts including vegan ice cream with green tea macaroons.
After you’ve shut your laptop down for the day, enjoy a glass of wine, some live jazz or one of Kawa’s late-night art shows.
101-1333 8 Street SW
Baya Rica Café
It’s hard to miss the bright, yellow house on the corner of 1st Avenue in Bridgeland, and it’s a spot you don’t want to miss, either.
An old home converted into a Costa Rican coffee shop, Baya Rica has become a popular spot for students, artists and those just looking to enjoy a hot coffee on one of the cafe’s spacious wooden outdoor tables.
Coffee is Baya Rica’s main focus, with all their beans imported from Costa Rica and roasted in-house (the smell of fresh coffee cooking is more than enough to put your brain in study mode). A small, but tasty Spanish-themed menu, grab a burrito, homemade sour-cream and corn muffin or swing by on the weekend to check out their waffle specials (we recommend the sweet potato Belgian waffle).
204 7A Street NE
Located in the scenic community of Riverdale, Little Brick is a cottage-style café that’s quickly become a go-to for those needing to fill their stomachs and do some serious studying.
Looking almost like a gingerbread house once winter hits (don’t worry, we’re not there yet), Little Brick has a fantastic brunch menu, and serves up homemade soups, salads and sandwiches — don’t miss the rice pudding!
If you like to sip and study, Little Brick has a great selection of wine and craft beer. Take a break from that tedious essay you’re working on and wander through the café’s general store, which sells hoodies, toques, novelty kitchenware and scented soaps.
10004 90 Street
BRU Coffee + Beer House
Study spot by day, beer house by night, BRU Coffee + Beer House is relatively new to the scene in Edmonton. With plenty of low tables and a long communal tabletop, there’s plenty of space to work, eat and, of course, drink.
BRU serves up a mean cup of java, and their rotating beer menu means there’s no shortage of craft beers to try. Serving breakfast all day, BRU’s menu also offers homemade paninis, flatbreads and fresh salads. If you just want a light bite while you’re working, try their paprika popcorn or their sausage board (this one’s a favourite because it comes with a half pint of beer!)
The best part about BRU? Show your student ID and get 50 per cent off your second drink with their student promo. If you’re all done working for the day, BRU is a lively nighttime hangout hosting everything from live music to comedy nights.
11965 Jasper Avenue NW