6 must-try cafés near campus

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Escaping the campus for a coffee or tea break is an excellent way to get shake off some stress and recharge. Ottawa has a lively caffeine scene, with many pleasant spots to study, meet friends or just relax with a hot drink.

Here are six outstanding establishments for a coffee break, all within walking distance of the uOttawa campus, selected by fourth-year biomedical science student Omar Sahyouni.

Little Victories Coffee Roasters

Little Victories café front window.

Just a few minutes’ walk from campus, Little Victories Coffee Roasters welcomes you in its minimalist, modern setting. The establishment is known for its speciality coffees and likeable staff. Students love the calm atmosphere, just right for study or relaxed conversation. Don’t forget to try its espresso, often mentioned as one of the best in the city.

44 Elgin Street

Happy Goat Coffee Co.

Happy Goat Café

The Happy Goat offers a rustic environment and locally-roasted coffee beans that are sure to please coffee lovers. The company supports small coffee producers and offers a variety of unique blends. The friendly staff and laid back environment make it a choice location for students to relax and work on projects.

317 Wilbrod Street

Working Title Kitchen

WorkingTitle café and restaurant

Combining a relaxed environment with a delicious menu, Working Title Kitchen is more than a café — it’s a community space and restaurant where students can savour delicious pastries, creative sandwiches and, of course, great coffee. The patio makes for a great added bonus when it’s warmer.

330 Laurier Avenue East

Arlington Five


Arlington Five is a quiet little café with a warm atmosphere. Students enjoy its modern design and calm atmosphere, ideal for study or discussion. The variety of hot drinks and the skilled staff add to its charm and make it an enjoyable spot for a peaceful coffee break.

5 Arlington Avenue

Figaro Coffee House

FigaroCafé interiour decor includes graffiti artwork

With an elegant décor and a unique atmosphere, Figaro Coffee House is the ideal place for a friendly chat or a quiet read. It’s known for its pastries and pleasant environment.

234 Laurier Avenue East

Planet Coffee


A charming little spot in the heart of the Byward Market, Planet Coffee offers a relaxed atmosphere and affordable treats. Students love the local flavour and delicious coffee. However, remember to bring cash because it doesn’t accept cards. It’s the ideal place for an unpretentious coffee break.

24 York Street