Where to find Fredericton’s best cafés, coffee shops, and tea rooms

by W. Andrew Powell
Fredericton coffee shops

Fredericton is New Brunswick’s capital city on the shore of the Wolastoq River, and it’s a beautiful, scenic area with laid back charm, art, outdoor activities, and lots of places to enjoy a great latte.

The capital region is home to excellent restaurants, breweries, and some of the best cafes. If you’re looking for a boost, a treat, and even art, these are the best places to stop for a coffee, latte, or tea.

The Tipsy Muse Cafe

The Tipsy Muse Cafe

86 Regent Street

One of Fredericton’s most welcoming café spaces, The Tipsy Muse hooked me with their very tasty latte flight, so you can try lattes three ways. All of their drinks are so good, they have a great community atmosphere with lots of space outside to sit during the warmer months, they sometimes have music and performers, and their food and treats are spectacular. The café also serves cider and craft beer.

Chess Piece Pâtisserie & Café

Chess Piece Pâtisserie & Cafe

361 Queen Street

From classic and almond croissants, to muffins, and sticky buns, the everyday breakfast items at Chess Piece are excellent, including the iced americanos, but you really need to try the cafe’s amazing treats. The cafe and pastry shop has a wide range of desserts that are mouth-wateringly perfect, from trois chocolat cake, and choco-nut praline, to vanilla bean mille feuille, and of course, macarons.

The Abbey Cafe & Gallery

The Abbey Cafe & Gallery

546 Queen Street

This excellent vegan restaurant, café, and art gallery makes the most delicious food, and it’s all natural and healthy, with a lot of diverse menu options and specials. The prices are excellent, and you can find art pieces from local artists to bring home with you. And if your timing is good, grab one of the special window seats that looks out over Queen street and Officers’ Square. It’s a great spot to watch during special events, or just the day-to-day.

Urban Almanac General Store

Urban Almanac General Store

75 York Street

This eclectic store is a great place to stop and buy bulk tea and coffee beans, and the Urban Almanac General Store also makes great coffee and lattes. The store micro-roasts their own beans, and they have a really impressive collection of teas. Plus, for every bag of coffee they sell, they make a donation to the Fredericton SPCA. You can also buy everything you need to make great coffee at home.

Cafe Beaverbrook

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street

Located inside the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Cafe Beaverbrook is a wonderful space to relax and recaffinate before or after you take a tour of the gallery.

Operated by Chess Piece, the cafe has light lunch options with savoury pastries, soups, and sandwiches, plus treats, coffees, and more. They have both indoor and outdoor seating depending on the season.

Mill Town Roasters

461 King Street

Mill Town Roasters has three locations in the city, and one of the biggest highlights is their cinnamon buns and shortbread cookies. You can buy both individually or in 12 packs, and they make exceptional pour over coffee, smoothies, and limited edition desserts like maple pancake cupcakes.

The Purrfect Cup – A Cat Cafe

580 Two Nations Crossing

What better way to caffeinate in Fredericton than with a cat cafe? The Purrfect Cup is a full on cafe with drip, Americano, and French press coffee, plus tea and hot chocolate, and they have a Cat Lounge where you can hang out with adoptable kitties. I can’t think of a better way to get your daily grind and support a great cause, and they often feature new arrivals on their Facebook page.

More information

For more ideas on where to find Fredericton’s best coffee shops, visit Fredericton Capital Region. And visit Tourism New Brunswick for a roundup of some of New Brunswick’s best cafes.

If you’re planning a trip to New Brunswick, visit Fredericton Tourism, Discover Saint John, and Experience Moncton.

Looking for more travel stories? Visit our Canadian Travel Guide for ideas across the country.

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