We love a hot cup of coffee on the dock, but sometimes you just want a pour-over made for you. We asked Cottage Life readers for their favourite coffee shops near and in cottage country, and there were tons of cozy spots to grab a hot (or iced) beverage and enjoy some local fare. From Picton to Midland, here are the best coffee shops open near you.
Coffee shops near and in cottage country
This historic hotel in renowned Prince Edward County recently underwent an extensive renovation and is welcoming guests into its reimagined spaces. Make sure to check out the new coffee counter, where you can order a drink and take in the hip and modern touches throughout the building.
This locally-owned café in Durham region serves both sweet and savoury goods alongside classic café drinks. From roast beef sandwiches to homemade cinnamon pastries, The Shortiss is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
With a slogan like, “Your small-town café,” you know you’re getting local charm at this coffee shop in beautiful Goderich. A favourite of locals and tourists alike, the homemade goods at Cait’s are widely popular—they even have their own catering service.
Those familiar with PEC will know The Bean Counter, a fixture on the main drag in Picton for decades. After browsing nearby shops, stop in for the warm atmosphere and great selection (they also have gelato!).
Fifth Chute is a larger coffee brand with some brick-and-mortar shops, and the location in Eganville is an option to keep in mind if you’re on the hunt for a great café in Renfrew County.
Barry’s Bay is a popular stop-off on the drive to or from Muskoka and a beautiful area in its own right. Consider a break at this café, which looks like a classic Canadian cabin and serves up great coffee from locally roasted beans.
Affogato is a rich Italian dessert made up of espresso poured over ice cream, making for a decadent experience. It’s the specialty at this café and gelato spot in Huntsville—so you have to try it.
A few Cottage Life readers pointed out the beautiful little garden café tucked away at Abbey Gardens, a destination spot with farms, a market, and more. It’s worth a day trip for many reasons, so be sure to include the café in your visit.
Donuts, anyone? Mariposa Market’s Claim to fame is their “Texas-style” (think: large) donuts, a fan favourite and winner of Food Network’s Donut Showdown—so you know you have to try them! Make sure you arrive early, as the donuts are made fresh starting at 4 a.m. each day and the market opens at 7 a.m.
This family-run café is located in the Peterborough/Kawarthas region; they even have a special ‘Kawartha Thunder’ coffee blend. This café is an excellent pit stop on your way to or from the cottage.
Delicious baked goods, lunch options, and a slushie machine? All are available at Em’s Cafe, as well as a slate of unique seasonal drinks created in-house.
Cardinal Café in the Frontenac Region is located in an old church, which means you’ll be sipping a fresh brew while looking at stained glass windows and old-world charm. The café also offers meals to go, with yummy comfort food options.
Dizzy Bird Coffee provides a warm, welcoming environment, inviting customers to use it as a ‘work from home’ hub while offering an array of drinks and snacks. So if you’ve been working remotely while at the cottage over the last two years, this café is a must-visit for a change of scenery.
This locally-owned shop sells its own branded beans, as well as other coffee and tea products. You’ll also find a menu of healthy, local foods. If you can’t visit in-person, you can shop Grounded Coffee Company’s products online.