Best Cafe

Avenue Best Restaurants 2012

Photography Curtis Comeau



Transcend scours the world’s top coffee producing regions for raw beans, which it roasts locally. So, Edmontonians can discuss the delicate notes of each brew like wine experts do. On their travels, owner Poul Mark and chef Chad Moss also discovered Latin American street cuisine, and now offer tasty snacks to go with that mildly fruity cup of La Joya. Whether it’s the coxinha (Brazilian chicken dumplings) or pao de queijo (tapioca cheese buns), old cuppa Joe has a new friend.  –Steven Sandor

9869 62 Ave., 780-430-9198; 8708 109 St., 780-756-8882; 10349 Jasper Ave., 780-421-7734,



Serving Intelligentsia beans for a smooth single-origin coffee, each cup is freshly ground and individually brewed using the pour-over technique, allowing baristas to customize the taste. The lack of bitterness makes sugar and cream irrelevant here, and its adherence to sustainable social and environmental growing practices is apparent in the bean quality.  Caroline Barlott

10134 104 St., 780-761-3744,

Honourable mention


This coffee shop, located in an unremarkable Sherwood Park strip mall, uses Stumptown Coffee Roasters to make its cappuccinos with excellent precision. It serves artisanal sandwiches and pastries, using locally sourced ingredients. The colourfully decorated cafe features local artists’ work, both visual and musical, in a cozy seating, including a renovated vault from the building’s previous life as a bank. Patio seating in the summer is at a premium, especially during weekend brunch.  –Omar Mouallem

9 Sioux Rd., Sherwood Park, 780-417-5523,

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