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  • Writer's pictureJen Bedard

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Top-Rated Coffee Shops and Bakeries in Niagara


Hungarian Chimney Cakes and coffee

Listen up, fellow caffeine addicts and sugar fiends, let's talk about the most important thing in life: coffee and baked goods. As a proud lifelong resident of Niagara, I've scoured the region to find the most heavenly coffee shops and bakeries. I'm talking about places with satisfying brews and melt-in-your-mouth treats. Whether you're a local or just passing through, get ready to indulge your senses. Join me as I spill the beans on my top picks for coffee and pastry perfection in Niagara!


Looking for a café that's as cozy as a warm hug? Look no further! Mahtay Café & Lounge is the place to be. They've got fair trade and organic coffee, as well as an endless selection of teas to choose from. Oh, and did we mention their drool-worthy homemade baked goods? And the best part? They cater to vegans and gluten-free folks, so everyone can indulge. Plus, there's plenty of seating both inside and out. Oh, and don't forget to check out their events calendar for live music and art shows - there's always something happening at Mahtay's!


Beechwood Vegan Doughnuts

Attention all sweet tooths (or is it teeth?)! If you haven't been to Beechwood Doughnuts yet, you're missing out on vegan deliciousness that'll make your taste buds dance. This small bakery in downtown St. Catharines serves up creative and unique doughnuts that'll have you drooling for more. With flavours like cookies and cream, s'mores, and even green tea, there's something for every palette. And don't even get me started on their cronut of the month - I'm drooling just thinking about it! Need a caffeine fix to go with your doughnut? Beechwood's got your back with locally roasted coffee from De La Terre. So why deprive yourself? Head on over to Beechwood Doughnuts for a sweet treat and a chill atmosphere.


If you're wandering around Niagara-on-the-Lake and your nose leads you to the most delectable scents, you've arrived at Willow Cakes and Pastries! This cozy family-owned bakery has got everything from mouth-watering butter tarts to tangy lemon tarts, and of course, decadent cakes and pastries that you won't want to share. Plus, their coffee is locally sourced and perfect for an early morning treat. Oh, did I mention they have seating inside and outside? It's time to treat yourself, folks!


Are you looking for a caffeine fix? Do you want to be transported to a picturesque location while sipping on a latte? Look no further than Balzac's Coffee Roasters! With locations in NOTL and Port Dalhousie, this hotspot is the perfect spot for a midday pick-me-up. They roast their coffee beans in small batches, so you know you're getting quality. And as if that wasn't enough, they also have delicious baked goods. Don't settle for subpar coffee, treat yourself to Balzac's!


Rise Above Restaurant Desserts

Looking for a sweet and savory spot with plant-based perfection? Rise Above in St. Catharines has got your back (and your taste buds). You can chow down on baked goods galore, including vegan cinnamon rolls that will melt in your mouth. Plus, they've got a full menu for lunch and dinner to satisfy all your cravings. Wash it all down with locally sourced coffee from De La Terre or steep your own adventure with their selection of loose-leaf teas. Need a cozy spot to nibble and sip? The indoor digs and outdoor patio are calling your name. Get on over to Rise Above and rise to your tastiest potential!


Oh là là! Need a little French flair in your life? Head on over to Paris Crêpes Café in Niagara Falls! This charming café is the perfect spot for a cozy coffee and crêpe break. As a proud French Canadian, I can tell you that the crêpes here are magnifique! They offer divine sweet and savoury options to satisfy any craving, and you can wash it all down with their selection of delicious coffee and tea drinks.


Get ready to meet your new favorite hangout spot - The Pie Guys Bakery & Café! I know, I know, the name says it all: these people are serious about pies. But don't be fooled, they also whip up some seriously delicious baked goods and coffee drinks. Speaking of coffee, they source all their beans from local roaster De La Terre, so you know you're in for a treat. Plus, their cozy interior will have you feeling right at home as you kick back with your perfect cup of coffee and a slice of pure heaven.


The Pie Plate Chocolate Pie

Head over to The Pie Plate, where the pies are so good, they'll have you thinking "Pie'm in heaven!" Indulge in their tantalizing fruit pies, savoury pies, and quiches. But wait, there's more! Sink your teeth into their mouth watering sandwiches and salads. Visit them in Niagara-on-the-Lake and let them show you how they roll - with buttery, flaky crusts and scrumptious fillings that'll make your taste buds sing!


Stop what you're dough-ing and listen up! St. Joseph Bakery in St. Catharines is the bee's knees of the Niagara region. With over 60 years under their apron, they dish out delish pastries, breads, cakes, and cookies. And wait for it...they even offer fresh meats and subs made with daily baked bread (swoon!). While they don't serve Joe, their goodies are worth the hype. Trust me, you'll want a pizza this delicious pie.


Looking for a sweet spot in St. Catharines? Look no further than Caffe Gatti! This joint is the perfect fusion of Italy and Canada, offering up cannoli, gelato, croissants, sandwiches, and a cappuccino that'll make your tastebuds sing. Sit inside or out in their cozy, inviting space - either way, you'll want to come back for more!


Coffee Flights at the Italian Cafe

Looking for a cafe that's more than just your average bakery? Look no further than The Italian Cafe in St. Catharines! With their coffee flights (yes, you read that right - beer flights, but with coffee), you'll be hooked from the first sip. And don't even get me started on their delicious Italian pastries. If you're feeling like something a little lighter, they've got sandwiches and salads too. Plus, their rustic interior will transport you straight to Italy (without the jet lag). Join the loyal following and give The Italian Cafe a try!


Looking for a sweet spot to fulfill all your cravings? Look no further than The Pie Guys Bakery & Café in Port Colborne! They've rightfully earned their name as pie masters, but don't be fooled - their selection of baked goods will have your taste buds singing. Plus, their coffee is brewed with local beans from De La Terre, and their charming interior is perfect for indulging in a slice of pie and sipping a cup of joe. It's the kind of cozy vibe you don't want to miss out on - trust me, you knead this in your life!


Are you a sugar addict? Then Budapest Bakeshop in St. Catharines and NOTL is a no-brainer. They're famous for their sweet and savoury Hungarian chimney cakes, and if you haven't devoured one yet, it's time to pay them a visit. Trust me, you won't regret it. Plus, the atmosphere is super chill, making it the perfect spot for a caffeine boost or a little sugar rush. Don't miss out!


Hometown Ice Cream

You know what they say: nothing brings people together quite like ice cream. And trust me, I'm somewhat of an expert in the field. But let me tell you, Hometown Ice Cream is on a whole other level. I stumbled across this divine establishment at the St. Catharines Farmer's Market years ago, and I haven't looked back since. Now with a bigger and better location in the West End, Hometown serves up over 60 flavors of homemade ice cream (prepare to swoon), plus a monthly rotating selection to keep things interesting. And if that weren't enough, they also offer a delectable variety of baked goods - from cookies to brownies and beyond. So, what are you waiting for? Get over to Hometown and treat yourself to a sweet taste of heaven.


If you're in Niagara Falls, you can't miss out on Country Fresh Donuts. This family run business offers a mouth-watering range of homemade doughnuts. And if you're feeling like a savoury breakfast, they've got you covered – breakfast sandwiches are also on the menu. Don't be fooled by the modest storefront, they are the real deal! Oh, and did I mention their homemade wonton soup is a local sensation? It's a must-try while you're there. Hurry up and grab a bite, your taste buds will thank you later!


Looking for a bakery that won't mess with your dietary restrictions? Look no further than De Healthy Baker in Niagara Falls! They've got gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan options so you can indulge without any guilt. Their muffins, cookies, and brownies are so yummy, you won't even notice they're good for you. And to top it off, their bright and cheerful interior will put a smile on your face. Give 'em a try and thank me later!


Looking for a charming cafe in Welland the some of the best cappuccinos? Look no further than Cafe Amalia! Their selection of European pastries and desserts are almost too beautiful to eat...almost. And don't worry if you're looking for something savoury, they've got a fantastic lunch menu with locally sourced ingredients. The cozy and inviting interior offers plenty of seating options, and the natural light is just the cherry on top. Don't miss out on this sweet spot!


The Niagara region is basically a little slice of heaven for all you sugary treat lovers out there. If you're looking for vegan doughnuts, butter tarts, or just a solid cup of joe, I've got you covered. And as a realtor who knows these streets like the back of her hand, I can confidently say that I know all the hidden gems that make this area so special. Consider me your guide to the tastiest and most charming spots in town. Oh, and if you want some help buying or selling a home, I'm your gal. Trust me, it's always better to work with a local who knows their stuff. Let's chat!

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