WE’VE GOT THE WINTER BREWS!
Picture this: you enter a café, the staff member at the counter greets you with a friendly composure, music plays softly in the background and you’re immediately met with an aroma of ground coffee beans and sugary baked goods. There is something so cozy, calm and inviting about a local café. If you’re a caffeine-hooked coffee drinker, tea fanatic or looking for a sweet warm (or cold) beverage, the Bay of Quinte has many excellent cafés—here are eight to get you started.
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Some services may be limited at this time, like dine-in and catering services. Call ahead or visit each café’s social media pages for updates.
Lola’s Cafe is a staple in Brighton, focusing on providing healthy, organic, and delicious farm-to-table food to their customers. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. The menu starts with County Roasters Fair Trade Coffee, tea, and breakfast and lunch items like the Western Sandwich made with farm fresh eggs, cheddar cheese, ham, peppers and onions on house-made bread. They also have a veg store in the café where they sell seasonal vegetables from North Gate Organics.
Previously known as The Grind, this coffee bar now has a Vine portion and is under new management since early 2020. They focus on creating a more social and inclusive environment with high-quality coffee, warm beverages, baked goods and local wine and cider.
Another great café in downtown Trenton with a waterfront view. The Riverbrake Café was established in 2011 and is open for daily breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a classic, like the open-faced omelette with spinach, onions, mushroom and cheese, or pop by for a delicious coffee to-go while you walk along the waterfront.
It is the place to go for gourmet coffee and espresso beverages as well as breakfast, daily soups, salads, smoothies, gelato, artisan cheese and meats, sauces, and their famous charcuterie box to go. Gourmet Diem has a lot more to offer than just coffee—clearly! If you’d prefer to enjoy café comforts from home, many of their products are available on the Downtown District Online Marketplace.
Bikes, beans and brews. The friendly staff, adventurous atmosphere and sustainable products make this a great spot for a pit stop after a bike ride or a socially-distanced coffee with a colleague or friend. Their menu offers a selection of coffee and espresso (from Pilot Coffee Roasters), refreshing tea (Pluck tea), County Soda, and now, a selection of “Fridge Mixers”, which include alcoholic beverages from Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company, Spearhead Brewing Company and MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co.
The Quinte Corner is nestled in the Century Place at the corner of Front and Bridge Street. Another top café in the Bay of Quinte region that has it all: coffee, espresso, tea, specialty drinks, cold drinks, breakfast and lunch treats, daily soups, baked goods and desserts! In the summer you can find soft-serve ice cream and in the winter, you can add a special liquor to your hot drink. Check out their keto, vegan and gluten-free items as well.
The Harbour Cafe is located on Pinnacle Street, overlooking the Bay of Quinte across the way from Victoria Park. This café provides more breakfast and lunch items than a typical small café might, but it still has that same cozy atmosphere. Sit down and enjoy an omelet or waffles or go out for a walk and grab a coffee to go. Regardless, the view won’t disappoint you.
L’Auberge de France is actually a bistro, bakery and gourmet shop, but the delicious hot beverages and baked goods that they offer (dine-in or take-out) make it a definite top café in my books. Make your way there on Saturday mornings for fresh-baked croissants and a latté and you’ll feel as if you have been transported to a restaurant in Paris! Don’t forget to check out their new Downtown Wine Shop while you’re there.