Today I bring you a post I have been planning since I booked my trip to Halifax and it is about all the coffee places I visited while I was there. I made a choice not to visit Tim Hortons or Starbucks because I was pretty sure everyone knew how their coffee tasted, but I gathered a short list of places I wanted to try and here is what I came up with!
1. Second Cup
My first day in Halifax I was pretty out of it and didn’t fancy driving too far so I ended up at Second Cup Coffee Company. If you live in Canada this is a pretty common coffee chain and you can find it in almost any city. Because it was a place I had never tried i still figured it was worth a few words in this post.
I would describe second cup as just… not great. My quad shot latte cost 7$ which is crazy and I honestly couldn’t even taste the coffee. The best part of this place was how close it was to my grandma’s apartment in bayer’s lake. If you’re in a rush to get a coffee I would recommend sticking with your normal Starbucks than going to Second Cup.
2. Lucky Penny Co.
Lucky Penny is probably the most esthetically pleasing coffee house we got to visit! Srom the moment you walk in the cozy feeling and beautiful decor invites you to stay a while. The coffee wasn’t anything special, but I think that if I lived in Halifax, this coffee place would be my choice to sit in and study. Something they did that was different was they steamed my soy milk before putting it over ice, but it tasted good so all was well! Because it is on Quinpool road parking is more difficult but so worth it!
3. Local Jo Café
Local Jo is an adorable café tucked away in what seems to be a residential neighborhood. This place was PACKED when we went, with almost every table filled with people chatting away. The coffee wasn’t my favorite (mainly because I was dumb and didn’t ask how many shots were in a latte and only ended up with one in my drink) but I wish I hadn’t had breakfast because the food looked to be the main attraction of the place!
4. Jumping Bean
Jumping Bean was a recommendation from my grandmother! (she somehow knew the owner and as i’ve come to realize it’s common in Halifax for everyone to know everyone’s mother). This was my day two coffee and after suffering through Second Cup on my first day Jumping Bean was a god sent! The coffee was amazing and the bright orange decor on the walls was cheery. If you’re in Bedford head over to Jumping Bean!
5. Java Blend
Java Blend is another coffee shop that was very inviting! It was busy on the Sunday morning we popped over and for good reason. The coffee was absolutely perfect. It had a sweeter flavor to the espresso with almost subtle hints to Caramel. Another big plus to this place was it was easy to find and had great parking!
6. Cortado Tasting Room
finally we have Cortado. This place blew me out of the water and is my #1 must try coffee place. To start the decor was amazing and had a very modern yet home-y feel. the staff was AWESOME(!); I went with both of my grandmothers and the women at the cash was nice and helpful to answer questions they had. Also the barista who made our coffees was joking with us about his coffee art (which ps was awesome, even if he said it’s ‘blob art’). But most importantly, the coffee. I got the same thing at each coffee shop (an iced soy latte) and this was leaps and bounds above the rest. That is because I have never tasted a coffee where the espresso itself had so many flavor layers. It is hard to describe, but if you have the opportunity, take a dip into Cortado to discover the magic for yourself!