Are you wondering what to do in Whistler in the rain, or any time of year quite frankly? When you’re planning your next weekend getaway or family vacation, this can be tricky! Well, if there’s anything we do well in the Pacific Northwest, it is the coffee culture! There are loads of great coffee shops and cafes in Whistler. Below I’ve highlighted my fave so read on for the 10 best places to get coffee in Whistler.
This awesome Whistler café has been one of my favourites for about 15 years. Gone Eatery is a coffee shop in central Whistler. But it’s really only known by locals because you have to walk through the Whistler Book Store to find it. They have every kind of specialty coffee you could want plus tons of baked goods, including gluten-free and vegan options. There are two large, separate seating areas to sit and hang out. This is is definitely one of the reasons locals consider it one of the best cafes in Whistler. Also, the menu here is robust and has everything from paleo breakfast bowls to homemade soup and sandwiches – perfect when planning a day of skiing or hiking on Whistler Blackcomb.
Neighbourhood: Village Square
Anyone who knows me knows that this is one of my most recommended place for anyone visiting Whistler. Honestly, I don’t even consider it optional. In Whistler? Visit Purebread in Whistler. Full-stop. They’re known for their amazing, drool-worthy, to-die-for pastries but they also have really good coffee. Whether it’s pour-over coffee, flat white, mocha, or any other specialty coffee, the team at Pure Bread Bakery can make it happen. Also, you’ll have a good laugh at their condiment station. Trust me.
Neighbourhood: Olympic Plaza
MOUNT CURRIE COFFEE COMPANY
A definite hidden gem and local fan favourite, Mount Currie Coffee Co. Many would argue they have Whistler’s best coffee. This little local coffee shop is right in the heart of Whistler village on Main Street near the Whistler Library and Marketplace shopping plaza. It’s a small shop so not your ideal destination if you’re looking for a place to hang with friends however if you’re a coffee snob, then Mount Currie is the best coffee shop for you.
Neighbourhood: Main Street
CAMP LIFESTYLE + COFFEE
If you’re looking for the most Instagrammable coffee shop in Whistler, you’ll find it at Camp Lifestyle + Coffee. And they have really good coffee, too! Camp is a cool, hipster retail shop offering books, clothing, jewelry and other gifts that plays host to an awesome barista bar. They have a backyard with deck chairs, firepits and a waterfall. It’s the perfect place to chill out with a hot cup of coffee.
Neighbourhood: Function Junction
Located at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Portobello Deli is the best place for coffee shop – and for breakfast – near Fairmont and Four Seasons in the upper village. Open from early hours until evening, you can get your caffeine fix all day long. Portobello Deli is a great casual spot for families with plenty of indoor space as well as a large outdoor patio with firepits. If you’re stopping in for breakfast be sure to get the Dirty Bowl and a maple bacon donut with your coffee. You won’t regret it. Staying for dinner, enjoy one of the many local Whistler beers on tap with your smokehouse brisket supper.
Neighbourhood: Upper Village
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that Alpine Café is a favourite of mine. It’s an eclectic café owned by two longtime locals and frequented by local Whistlerites. Great coffee accompanies one of the best breakfasts in town, served by friendly faces. Sit inside the cool Whistler café or grab some baked goodies to-go for your next hike.
MOGUL’S COFFEE HOUSE
This has been my go-to Whistler coffee shop since long before I even drank coffee. (I highly recommend the chai lattes, for the record.) Because Mogul’s Coffee House is right in the heart of Whistler village, it’s the perfect place for people watching. Grab a cup of joe, pull up a chair, and enjoy. Also, make sure you try the raspberry chocolate chip cookies but you’ll have to get them early before they’re gone.
Neighbourhood: Village Square
BLENZ COFFEE WHISTLER
Even though it’s a chain, Blenz Coffee Whistler is locally owned and operated, and you can tell. Peruse the retail section for handmade cards and knickknacks made by local Whistlerites as you wait for your coffee. If you’re a chocolate fan, try their milk chocolate hot chocolate or mocha – it’s insanely delicious. Or one of the en-trend caffeine-free specialty coffees like a golden Turmeric Latte made with organic turmeric, ginger, cardamom and black pepper. Or one of my faves, the beautiful Blue Latte made using micro-milled butterfly pea flower a traditional Ayurvedic remedy known to help alleviate anxiety and depression.
Neighbourhood: Olympic Plaza
CRANKED ESPRESSO BAR
One of the newest coffee shops in Whistler, Cranked Espresso Bar is quickly turning into a local’s hotspot. And not just in the Rainbow neighbourhood but all of Whistler. Their coffee, tea and other hot beverages are fantastic and they have a decent selection of gluten free and vegan pastries. Plus there’s loads of other treats like smoothies, sandwiches and wraps for lunch on-the-go. Cranked caters to hipsters and mom-groups alike with it’s chill vibe and outdoor play ares. Also, there’s live music on the weekend giving it a fun, social vibe. Cranked is licensed and has an outdoor patio. Neighbourhood: Rainbow
If you’re on your way in or out of Whistler, definitely hit up Fix Café at Nita Lake Lodge before hitting the road. They’ve got every kind of gourmet coffee you’d like along with every kind of dairy alternative, plus some great gluten free baked goods.
There are even more great cafes to explore when you’re here on your next family holiday or girlfriend’s getaway but in my opinion, these make the list as best Whistler coffee shops. You can find the location of all of them in Google Maps here; save them for the next time you’re planning a trip to Whistler.
There you have it, my favourite coffee shops from a Whistler local. Have I missed any cafes that you think should be include don this list? Tell me in the comments below.
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