Nothing beats a cozy cup of coffee to fuel a morning of adventure or warming up with tasty treats after an afternoon of fun. Here are six must-visit cafes in Kamloops and their most popular items to try.
The Art We Are Cafe
The vision of making everyone feel welcome to the art gallery has evolved into the extension of the cafe and now the Art We Are Cafe team caters to a wide variety of dietary needs from gluten-free and vegan to hearty dishes for the meat eaters among us. Keep warm with one of the four fresh soups made daily, which includes dairy-free and gluten-free options, as well as vegan variations on the cornbread. Pair a mocha with their most popular menu item, the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie, which is chewy and delicious and just happens to be vegan and gluten-free too.
Red Beard Cafe
Have a winter picnic at Red Beard Cafe, where the colder months bring the German/Austrian tradition of raclette, which is freshly melted cheese (heated at the table) served over locally cured meats from The Chop N Block, baby potatoes, pickles and walnuts. Warm up with a Fireball Mocha or Amaretto Chai with oat milk, or spice things up with house made sangria with freshly squeezed orange juice. If beer and cider are more your jam, look out for favourites amongst the 14 rotating craft beers from breweries like Superflux, Backcountry, and Beere, and four rotating ciders from cideries like Dominion, Nomad, and Sea Cider.
5Bean Brewbar + Cafe
Having fun and focusing on people gives 5Bean Brewbar + Café its unique vibe. They like to keep it simple and create an organic environment, with a natural and flowing feel to it. Being locally owned and having happy employees leads to happy customers and a strong connection with the community. Try their best-selling (and best-smelling) Pumpkin Spice Latte and Vanilla Lattes, which are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Feel good about what you’re drinking at Frankly Coffee, where you can sip on an organic, fair trade Spirit Bear Coffee Company blend, roasted by the Indigenous-owned, Port Moody based company. Proceeds from sales of the Spirit Bear blends at Frankly go towards a fund for the spirit (Kermode) bear in the BC Wildlife Park. Choose from Raven espresso, Eagle medium roast, and Orca dark roast and enjoy with a best-selling French toast or all-day breakfast.
Get caffeinated at Amplified Cafe in downtown Kamloops, the city’s first member of the Specialty Coffee Association. The team prides themselves on only using single origin coffees, while also supporting local suppliers such as Gold Leaf Pastries, Black Salt Catering, and Blackwell Dairy. Try their top-selling dairy-free and gluten-free Oat Latte and look out for Baileys and coffee when they get their liquor license soon.
Learn about local athletes at Caffe Motivo where BC sport stars are celebrated with tributes to local professionals. Plans are underway to include an amateur section to support up-and-coming athletes and the cafe also champions local artists and woodworkers in their decor. Covering the sports of mountain biking, snowboarding & snowmobiling, the displays cover athletes such as Graham Agassiz, Chris Dufficy, Brett Tippie and Helen Schettini, and all the local athletes have a signature menu item. Enjoy The Aggy & Brie sandwich, which along with Motivo muffins, are a must-try best-selling item.
Stop by one of these unique cafes this winter to get a taste of local life and connect with the community over a cup of coffee. Don't forget to bring your mask and respect safety protocols in place.