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Summer in Banff – Where to have Coffee

by Chris Smith

I really can’t tell if it is because it seems like it has been the longest winter in Banff or whether it really is sweltering but simply put the weather is stunning right now in Banff and the Rockies. There isn’t a trace of snow around town. Though this may be bad news for the ski lovers, the plus side is that when you are skiing, it will be under cobalt skies in nothing but a hoodie (and probably trousers). Better again, you can now sit around town and enjoy a beer or a coffee with the heat of the sun on your back and the stunning views of the Canadian Rockies all around you. The word ‘heaven’ comes to mind. So where are the best places to catch the sun with a coffee in Banff?

Who doesn’t love to bask in the sun?!


Evelyn’s Cafe – 215 Banff Avenue

There aren’t many tables but if you manage to make it out of your hotel before noon, you can sit here in the fresh morning mountain air, read the newspaper and enjoy a late in what surely must be one of the finest surrounds in the world.


Whitebark Cafe – 401 Banff Avenue

Continuously voted “Best of the Bow: Coffee”, the Whitebark features fair trade, organic Moja Coffee and tea sourced thru the Banff Tea Company. Pastries and niche snacks abound, with four gluten free options along with daily vegan options as well. A little something for everyone!!

Evening: So let’s move to beer, not coffee!!

Wild Bill’s or Legion – Banff Avenue

Due to its massive balcony, Wild Bill’s catches the sun almost to its death. Having dinner out here at about 6pm is one of the nicest things to do in Banff. The views down on Banff Avenue are the best in town as well.

The Legion has hands down the best beer deck in the evening in town. Cheap jugs of beer, located right by the water with wildlife always popping around, lots of tables and seats for friends – perfect. The legion is the perfect way to wind down your day in Banff after a day of hiking or biking.

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