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Where to Find your Coffee on the Lakeshore

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In Bruce County, it’s okay to linger over coffee
In Bruce County, it’s okay to linger over coffee

No matter what the time of day, you’ll find that the coffee shops in Bruce County are second to none. Many of our coffee shops and cafés feature organic free trade coffee from local suppliers, if they aren’t growing the beans themselves. From the local ingredients that shine in all their baked glory, to the fragrant teas, brews, and espresso-based drinks, you’ll soon feel right at home as you discover yourself engaged in conversation with a new friend. Our cafes are filled with warm Bruce County welcomes and lively conversations, which is why they’re a great place to meet, rendezvous, or relax.

Amicis Coffee Bar, Sauble Beach
Amicis Coffee Bar, Sauble Beach

For those who want some people watching with their brew of choice, the patio at Amicis offers more than just a great place to sit; it's dog-friendly, and the café offers free WIFI as well. Amicis coffee selections are plentiful, with lots of delicious home-baked breakfast items, treats, light lunch options, and not surprisingly - given the name - a terrific gelato. The patio fills up quickly in season, best not to be in a rush to score a primo table.

Two Chicks Café and Smoothie Bar, Sauble Beach
Two Chicks Café and Smoothie Bar, Sauble Beach

Two Chicks is another great option when getting fueled up for the day is in order. This funky resto opens early, serving coffee & tea plus breakfast, breakfast sandwiches and baked goods, to stay or to go (grab a seat in one of the colourful Muskoka chairs). Healthy smoothies, vegetarian, whole grain and sandwich-type offerings round out the menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Luscious Bakery Deli Café, Sauble Beach
Luscious Bakery Deli Café, Sauble Beach

This family-run bakery and deli-café is open early, serving fair-trade organic coffees, store-baked cinnamon and Chelsea buns, muffins, croissants and breads, sausage rolls, meat pies and every kind of sweet treat under the sun. Luscious' lunch options include delicious home-made soups and sandwiches piled high with traditional toppings. It's not really an eat-in joint, so hit them up right before you hit the beach and enjoy your brew of choice while you watch an early morning SUP yoga class out on the water.

South Stables Coffee House, Southampton
South Stables Coffee House, Southampton

It may be hidden behind the beer store in Southampton, but the funky South Stables Coffee House is a standout. You know it's a local favourite judging by the number of cars in the parking lot. This is Southampton's 'go-to' place for 'to-go' lattes, muffins and breakfast sandwiches. Locals also flock there for lunch (paninis, soups and salads) and the great rustic atmosphere.

The Elk & Finch Coffee Pub & Bistro, Southampton
The Elk & Finch Coffee Pub & Bistro, Southampton

Located within a beautiful old Southampton century home, the Elk & Finch offers customers a welcoming spot … here you can sit inside, take in the scene outside on the porch, or grab one of the chairs strewn across the front lawn to enjoy the views and Lake Huron breezes. Their coffee is roasted on-site in a variety of flavours, perfect when paired with a delicious scone, muffin or pastry baked fresh every day. Their award-winning caramel butter tart is a regional favourite. Elk & Finch also offers a full-on lunch and dinner menu dedicated to fare inspired by Bruce County with as many fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients as possible.

Ashanti Coffee, Port Elgin
Ashanti Coffee, Port Elgin

This is a coffee house with a difference. Ashanti coffee is grown on the owner's own farm. They import it themselves and hand-roast it daily at their Café/Roastery in Thornbury, Ontario, providing their loyal customers with a brilliant cup of coffee. This café offer a comfortable, relaxed vibe with plenty of seating and a couch in the back, perfect for lounging. Regulars swear by the baked goods, gourmet lunchtime sandwiches and selection of upscale espresso-based drinks and teas. Free WIFI and ample seating make this coffee house one of the best in the area.

Rabbit Dash Coffee House, Port Elgin
Rabbit Dash Coffee House, Port Elgin

Funky and fun, the Rabbit Dash Coffee House specializes in organic fair trade coffees, espresso-based beverages as well as ethically-sourced high quality loose leaf teas. Regulars rave about their fresh baked goodies, while others swear by RD's soups, salads and especially their waffles, all of which are made daily with fresh, seasonal ingredients. It's worth noting that they try to follow the 100 Mile guideline for all of their suppliers, many of which are locally-based.

When in Port Elgin, also visit Kavina's Coffeetime and Gas Bar

Beans Bistro, Kincardine
Beans Bistro, Kincardine

Beans Bistro is full of character and features a great view of Lake Huron from the back. Discover a new coffee flavour from their list of brewed offerings. If you're looking for a lighter breakfast, this is the place. Try a fresh muffin, scone or a toasted bagel and cream cheese.