For many of us, coffee is the fuel that keeps us rocking on when all we really want to do is take a nap. It’s not always easy to find a good coffee, even more, it’s hard to find a cafe that offers a good space to be able to sit back and relax.

We know some of the best-kept secrets in South Eastern Ontario, so we put together a list of some of the top cafes you will love to keep your caffeine cravings down.

1. CRAVE Coffee House & Bakery

An adorably charming cafe located in Kingston’s heart (downtown). This spot offers a massive seating area for students, workers and best pals alike, with a vast array of scrumptious treats including sandwiches, salads and baked goods. We wish you luck in your journey to fight the ‘CRAVE-ings’ for sweet treats while you order yourself a warm cup of java.

2. Kingston Coffee House

Beautiful location, quality coffee and amazing staff. What else can you ask for? Located by the stunning market square, Kingston Coffee House has been donned the “Best Coffee Shop in Kingston” on many occasions. We recommend the Americanos and Lattes if you are open to suggestions!

3. Coffee & Company

Local is always best because you are experiencing the culture, supporting local entrepreneurs and engaging with the community. This cute downtown coffee shop provides a comfy atmosphere that is topped off by its vast coffee selection and delectable pastries. We recommend trying a latte with a lemon square, in case you are looking for suggestions.

 4. Sipps

Keeping you in the downtown area, we have another amazing spot to help you get your caffeine fill, located just right of the stunning City Hall in Market Square. This super cozy cafe provides speciality coffees, hot chocolates and snacks! Everyone will find something for them without breaking the bank.

5. Northside Cafe

Northside Cafe emulates the coffee culture in Melbourne, Australia for a refreshing experience for all its customers. A perfect spot to enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch, this downtown cafe provides welcoming friendly service that is matched by its delicious food and adorable decor.  As a plus, they have all fair trade and organic coffees as well.

6. Sleepless Monkey Cafe & Tea Room

This adorable cafe located in Downtown Brockville serves up more than just a cup of joe! Not only are their coffee, teas and desserts heavenly, they also offer more than meets the eye with interesting artsy items for sale including jewellery and art! This comfortable and kind spot will become a staple in your top picks whenever you are wandering down beautiful Brockville’s well-travelled roads.

7. Spitfire Cafe

Have you ever enjoyed your java in a beautifully decorated Victorian Mansion? Well, let us introduce you to your new favourite spot – Spitfire Cafe! Come for coffee, but stay for the superb staff, scrumptious food (including desserts and sandwiches) and maybe end your stay with something on tap! Even better, sometimes they bring in live music!

8. The Stomping Grounds Bistro and Cafe

You won’t get sick of stopping in at these stomping grounds! The Stomping Grounds Bistro and Cafe is more than just a coffee shop, they offer fresh weekly menus that provide lunch, dinner and dessert options for any time of day. With a uniquely adorable ambience, beautiful decor and an intriguing menu, you’re going to want to take some time to pop by during your next stay in Cornwall.

9. Miss Lily’s Cafe

Always serving up something that blows away expectations, Miss Lily’s Cafe in Picton will be your favourite space to settle and relax! Sharing an entrance to Books & Company, a local bookstore in Picton, repeat customers come again and again to sit with a yummy coffee, cappuccino or tea, munch on a flaky butter tart or fruity blueberry fritter and lose themselves in a freshly cracked book. If reading isn’t your jam, grab some friends for a shopping trip and then stop in to refuel and gab!

10. The Vic Cafe

This trendy cafe has something for everyone! With a great atmosphere and decor, The Vic Cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy a good book paired with your coffee. 

11. The Bean Counter Cafe

Having been voted the “Best Place for Lunch” and “Best Place for Baked Goods and Desserts” in Prince Edward County, The Bean Counter Cafe knows how to serve up some goodies. With specialty teas, coffees, lattes and smoothies, as well as “Coffee of the Day” blends, you will want to stop by often to see what they have brewing. You won’t leave hungry either with their adorable menu of light breakfast and lunch options, as well as an array of gelato options.

12. Ellena’s Cafe

This quaint little cafe is located in a historic building downtown Napanee is just what you imagine when you think of a local cafe. With a laid-back atmosphere and scrumptious meals including sandwiches, wraps and sweet desserts, this is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the joys in life. We hear they offer daily specials to keep you intrigued, and sometimes offer live music!

13. Cafe Tenango

Wolfe Island is the perfect day trip to enjoy with your friends and family. Take a ferry trip over to the quaint island and enjoy some beautiful scenery and amazing restaurants and cafes. One to check out while you await your returning ferry is Cafe Tenango, an adorable little place that serves up amazing coffee, espresso, lattes and ice cream!

14. Lavernes Eatery

Known as Gananoque’s best coffee spot,  Lavernes Eatery offers practically anything you could want in a restaurant, with an adorable twist. With excellent espresso-based drinks and drip coffee, this is where you want to go sit back and relax at. 

15. Panache Bakery & Cafe

Get your notepad out, your going to want to write this down. Panache Bakery & Cafe, located in the heart of Downtown Gananoque, is the cutest spot to get some amazing treats. With an enormous menu of delectable goodies including muffins, pies, pound cakes, cheesecakes, deli meats, bread, cookies, biscuits, squares and croissants, you are going to need a shopping cart to take all the snacks home with you.

16. The Grind Cafe

Go alone or bring a friend, either way, you will enjoy your visit to The Grind in Trenton! Free wifi, coffee, tea, soups, sandwiches and baked goods galore! In Trenton, there is no Starbucks, and they do not need one with The Grind serving up impeccable lattes, cappuccinos and java! Did we forget to mention? They host live music from local artists fairly often.

17. Bourbon and Bean Handshake Society

With a European style and classy name, how can we not add Bourbon and Bean Handshake Society to our list of awesome coffee shops in South Eastern Ontario! With all of their delicious goodies made on sight (yes, even the bagels), and an interesting mix of menu choices from caffeine to boozy drinks, you can stop by this sweet spot any time of day.

18. Vanilla Beans – Westport

Just a few blocks away from the Westport Marina, this cute cafe offers up a ton of options for those with a sweet tooth. Stop in to enjoy a warm cup of coffee or cappuccino, and pair it with a massive cinnamon bun topped with fresh cream cheese frosting.