Top 5 Cafés in Guelph
Hello, and welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. If you’re looking to buy a home in Guelph, or if you’re new to the area (perhaps a new student at the University of Guelph?), then there are surely many questions on your mind.
Well, we here at WRX Property Group always hope to do our part to alleviate your concerns when it comes to buying a home, selling a home, or moving in general, and to this end we’re endeavouring to answer some of the most important questions.
And so today, we’ll be setting out to reveal: the Top 5 Cafés in Guelph! And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, this list also marks a significant first in the history of our Top 5 lists: there’s been a tie!
So without further ado, let’s look at what sorts of cafés Guelph has to offer (starting with #4, to account for the tie).
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4. Eric the Baker
Once in a generation, a baker comes along with the boldness, the skill, and the determination to throw his or her name up on a café and announce him or herself as ‘the Baker.’ Some of these strident souls succeed, while many other rise and fall in quick succession, like unleavened bread.
Eric the Baker is a baker blessed with natural skill and kissed by Fortune, for he has successfully established himself as one of Guelph’s most talented bakers. The pastries served here are, in a word, delicious.
For good reason, Eric the Baker is one of Guelph’s most popular bakeries. Locals all have their personal favourites, but highlights include both sweet (the chocolatine) and savoury (the sausage roll) options. The quality of food here is quite high, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the prices are low, too.
Eric the Baker is located in downtown Guelph, on 46 Carden Street. It’s open Wednesday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
3. Red Brick Café
Right in the heart of a historic segment of downtown Guelph is a lovely, distinctive, red brick building. Appropriately, the name of this distinctive place is the Red Brick Café, and it’s a true Guelph treasure.
The Red Brick Café feels quite European on the one hand, but also distinctly local: art by local artists adorns its walls, and on most Wednesday and Friday evenings the café has live music (many of the performers are from Guelph, or nearby).
During the day, and the evening, the Red Brick Café is a great place to hang out with friends, get ahead on homework or studies, or simply sit with a good book. They’ve got excellent hot beverages, baked goods, light meals and appetizers (think breakfast sandwiches and salads), and several choices of beer and wine (including local and seasonal beverages on tap).
The Red Brick Café is located at 8 Douglas Street; it’s open Monday to Thursday 7:30 am to 9:30 pm, Friday to Saturday 7:30 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
2. (Tie!) The Boardroom, and the Round Table
Board game cafés, and board games themselves, are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in university towns. And Guelph is no exception: indeed, it has not one but two exceptional board game cafés. Because each one is so unique, they just had to make the list together and share the prestigious honour of position #2.
The Boardroom is a more ‘classic,’ conventional setup. It’s got a great collection (over 500 titles) of neatly organized games, with a variety of options for both children and adults, and both first-time gamers and seasoned veterans.
For $5, you get full access to the games, and there’s a diverse menu to enjoy, which includes hot and cold drinks; snacks and sweets; sandwiches, flatbread pizza, and Belgian waffles; and beers, wine, and cocktails.
Come alone, with friends, or with the family – the Boardroom is guaranteed to be a good time (and you’ve got to admire the pun in their name). The Boardroom is located in downtown Guelph, at 99 Wyndham Street North; it’s open Tuesday to Thursday from 6-11pm, Friday from 6pm to midnight, Saturday from 2pm to midnight, and Sunday from 2-10pm.
Now the Round Table is very much a horse of another colour. Setting foot inside the Round Table is like being transported centuries into the past, and into a medieval castle. Just walking around the café and tavern is a unique and delightful experience, but when you add in a generous menu (various caffeinated options, milkshakes, plenty of themed food options to choose from, cocktails, and more), and a solid collection of games, the Round Table Board Game Café and Tavern really is something special.
They recommend you call in to make a reservation or book online (especially on a popular day/scheduled event), as the Round Table is well-known and well-loved for its incredible, unique atmosphere, and its great collection of games.
Beyond food, drinks, and games, the Round Table also has special features like an escape room, archery, and axe throwing – it’s a great place to host events like birthdays, too. The Round Table is located just outside of downtown Guelph, at 32 Essex Street.
It’s open Monday through Thursday from 5-11pm, Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight, and Sunday from 12pm-7pm.
1. Planet Bean Coffee
Planet Bean is Guelph’s quintessential café experience. It’s been operating in and around downtown Guelph since 1997, and over the years, it’s cultivated a sterling reputation. Something that really sets Planet Bean apart is that they roast their own beans, on site.
Yes, you read that right: ever since 1997, Planet Bean has been running a roastery (the first in Guelph for over half a century), and their roasting team is part of the prestigious Roaster’s Guild.
When you walk around downtown Guelph, it’s highly likely that the pleasing aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans will waft through your nostrils, and your feet will lead you inexorably to Planet Bean’s front door.
You can buy fresh roasts to take home, or you can choose from their excellent drinks menu if you don’t want to wait. All of their beans are certified fair trade and organic, the staff and servers are friendly and knowledgeable, and the ambiance inside is warm, pleasant, and inviting.
Planet Bean has three cafés: their downtown location, which stands at 2 Wyndham Street North; their café in southeast Guelph at Unit 1-1467 Gordon Street; and a fairly central location near the neighbourhood of Grange Hill East at 259 Grange Road East.
Each location has separate hours (with some crossover), so it’s best just to check their website here.
So there you have it: WRX Property Group’s Top 5 Cafés in Guelph. Of course, there are many more to discover, and discovering them for yourself is part of the fun. Go have fun and explore!
And as always, if you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Guelph, or the surrounding area, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’ll help however we can.
Written by Will Kummer