Whether you’re visiting Calabogie for hiking, racing, skiing, paddling or something else entirely – good coffee is essential for many explorers. For some, it’s a lifeblood. For others, it’s just a warm way to start the day off right. Luckily, you can have city-like coffee experiences here in the Valley.
From cool and tranquil cafes right here in town to a few establishments around the area, there’s no shortage of amazing cafes and coffee shops.
Not only are cafes a place for a much-needed hit of caffeine and a bit of food, discovering small cafes and coffee shops is also a great way to support local establishments. Grabbing that daily roast might also force you to slow down, sit for a moment, and take in the natural surroundings of the Ottawa Valley.
So, if you’re looking for your Calabogie coffee fix, here are some of the best cafes in Calabogie (and the surrounding areas).
Oh-el-la is Calabogie’s coolest cafe. Decorated with warm woods and lots of plants, this cafe is a sought-after spot that features a cute outdoor patio that overlooks Calabogie Lake.
Of course, Oh-el-la offers much more than just an amazing aesthetic. True to character, Oh-el-la is serious about their coffee. Imagine your favourite urban cafe but dropped into the green setting of Calabogie. That’s Oh-el-la. It’s the kind of place you’d stop into daily for your latte or flat white fix.
They also have a small menu that rotates through delectable sweet and savoury items such as their popular sandwiches. These sandwiches are talked about across the Valley – making them one of the best places in town for a quick bite to eat.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, Oh-el-la is located just a few minutes from Somewhere Inn Calabogie and conveniently awaits weekend adventurers who need to fuel up before or after a hike. The chef is a local legend, so be sure to toss your regards behind the counter!
Located 5 minutes from Somewhere Inn.
If you’re searching for something neat (and/or a terrible joke), head for Neat Cafe. Also located in Burnstown, this converted church-turned-cafe is set directly beside the Madawaska River. It’s hard to miss the cute raised vegetable gardens out front!
Frequented by locals and just as welcoming to out-of-town visitors, Neat Cafe is a great place to stop in for a coffee break, cool drink, or tasty bite to eat. They do a number of hot caffeine beverages – including lattes – and will turn them into iced coffees if you desire it cold!
Known for their stone-baked pizza and their next-level tuna melts, Neat Cafe is also the perfect lunch time stop that is worth the short drive from Calabogie. Their outdoor picnic tables set amongst the trees are a tranquil setting to enjoy your stay.
You might also visit Neat Cafe if you’re out and about on a day trip to Burnstown Beach or paddling the Madawaska River from Calabogie Lake (you can easily make Burnstown your turnaround point).
Located 12 minutes from Somewhere Inn.
Ottawa Valley Coffee
Last, but certainly not least, we have Ottawa Valley Coffee. Located in the heart of downtown Renfrew beside the historic clock tower of the post office, OVC is just a short drive from Calabogie and certainly worth the trip.
Owned and operated by a veteran, Ottawa Valley Coffee is known for a number of things: their killer coffee, their freshly baked goods, and their selection of craft beers for all tastes.
Getting your caffeine boost at OVC supports a local business that prides itself on creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for all. Plus, who doesn’t appreciate good coffee, beer, and baked goods?
Located 20 minutes from Somewhere Inn.
Fifth Chute Coffee
After a day of exploring the Bonnechere Caves, a coffee recharge is a must. This chic shop is located in downtown Eganville overlooking the Bonnechere river.
The open-concept space has beautiful wooden floors and white walls. You can’t help but look around at all the goodies behind the counters!
If it’s cold or hot coffee you’re looking for, they have it all. They do not disappoint with their cappuccinos, flat whites, and lattes! Plus they have a delicious selection of fresh baked goods, fresh salads, and fantastic sandwiches. The homemade sourdough bread is a must-try – it’s truly what put them on the map.
Located 35 minutes from Somewhere Inn.
Nothing can beat the smell of homemade cooking and fresh baked goods. This is exactly what you get when you enter the welcoming atmosphere of the Bonnechere Bakery.
The spacious dining area with beautiful wood flooring and comfortable seating is a great spot to dine after hitting the downtown shops of Renfrew. Takeout is also available and you can browse their selection of fine grocery items while you wait like sauces, pasta, oils, marinades, jams, jellies, and many more!
This family-owned establishment has the perfect comfort food with soups made from scratch daily, plus sandwiches and salads made with the finest and freshest ingredients (gluten-free is available). The California chicken sandwich is a must-try on their homemade bread! Finish off lunch with any of their coffee or baked goods to satisfy that sweet tooth!
Located 20 mins from Somewhere Inn.
So, here’s our hand-picked short list of the best cafes and coffee shops in/near Calabogie. Try one or try them all when you visit – you’ll be amongst welcoming locals wherever you choose to grab your daily brew.
See you outside,
Somewhere Inn Calabogie