Best exam-time caffeine hot spots

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016

By Leah Dagg

The uOttawa campus and environs are full of places you can get a caffeine fix to fuel your study grind. There’s coffee to suit all tastes — you just need to know where to go.

On campus

Check out the hours and locations of all coffee shops on campus.

Starbucks — Desmarais

Beware the lure of the fancy Frappuccino just before class. The line in this Starbucks can verge on chaotic, but try 15 minutes after any class start time, and early in the morning or late at night (but remember there are 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. classes).

Second Cup Laurier Avenue and Morisset Library

Like Starbucks, Second Cup on Laurier can fill all your coffee and sweet-concoction needs, but generally with a shorter line. The Second Cup in Morisset is also handy for those late-night library sessions during the week.

Café Alt – Simard

Student-run Café Alt in the basement of Simard is great for a good cup of fair-trade coffee and delicious lunch. Their grilled cheese with apple and bacon is pure bliss, and they also have many vegan and vegetarian options made on site. If you’re early enough, you can grab a spot at a booth, couch or table (with lots of outlets) and study your day away.

Première Moisson — FSS

At the higher end of the price range, Première Moisson in the lobby of FSS is the go-to option for pairing pastry or a croissant sandwich with a cup of joe. Tip: the combo with soup, sandwich, bun and coffee is a great lunch deal.

Tim Hortons UCU and SITE

There are two of these in the UCU. The express Timmie’s downstairs across from Pivik has your basic hot drinks and, perhaps more importantly, doughnuts. There’s also a full-service Timmie’s on level 2 of the UCU and one in SITE.

Go Cafés — Hidden all around campus

If regular coffee and a pastry is all you need, the Go Cafés can help. They can be found in Lamoureux, Hamelin, Fauteux, Tabaret and on the Lees and Roger Guindon campuses.

Origin Trade on York Street

Off campus

The ByWard Market and Elgin Street areas are filled with specialty coffee shops worthy of your study sessions … and Instagram shots! Here are a select few.

Origin Trade

With its unique artwork, great sandwiches and beer and wine options, Origin on York Street is perfect for a study break — with friends or on your own.

Bluebird Coffee

At Bluebird on Dalhousie, they roast their own beans, which makes for some great coffee. With massive tables and plenty of places to plug in, it’s another ideal study spot.

The Ministry of Coffee

Need a coffee on the go? The Ministry of Coffee on Elgin has limited seating but a hip vibe and some of the best coffee in town.

T.A.N. / Urban Beat

The T.A.N. fair-trade coffee shop had a cult following until it closed last year. But take heart — T.A.N. coffee is making a comeback at the Urban Beat “café kiosk” opening soon in the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre at Rideau and Nelson.

Fleur Tea House

Coffee not your thing? This teahouse on Somerset East at Russell specializes in that other kinda cuppa.

Brew your own

Coin for coffee can add up, so investing in a coffee maker can really pay off. Finding beans to your taste is key. Many of the places listed above sell them.

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