Not a day goes by that doesn’t start with a good cup of coffee. My personal favourite is a double shot of Espresso with hot water, aka an Americano. If the day is great it usually means I’ve enjoyed a killer doughnut or two. While not great for my waistline I LOVE doughnuts. I have the sweetest memories of going out with my grandparents for a fresh glazed doughnut while they had coffee and caught up with friends. So the burning question for me when I visit Kingston is will I be able to find a good cup of coffee and can I make the day better by finding a killer doughnut shop. I think you already know the answer… let’s get the adventure started.
We’ll start with some coffee shops worth checking out. My preference is always to support small independent local coffee shops first, local chains second and then as a last resort the big national/international chains. Lucky for me Kingston has many great coffee shops. I’ve been to three so far and give them all two thumbs up.
Northside Espresso + Kitchen 281 Princess Street – In the heart of downtown Kingston on Princess Street you will find a lovely cafe called Northside Espresso. Inspired by the coffee and cafe culture of Melbourne Australia Northside is the perfect place to sit down with a friend, enjoy a cuppa and treat yourself to some Aussie inspired dishes like the Avo Smash. Or you can take your coffee to go and walk the strip window shopping.
Small Batch Cafe & Eatery 282 Princess Street – Also on Princess Street, Small Batch Cafe offers a more traditional selection of sweets and savoury dishes for visitors. When I popped in to grab my Americano the tables were filled with students and locals. A great place to snack, coffee and get a little work done on my laptop. Please be respectful when working in coffee shops. Where headphones when watching a video and make sure to buy something every 45 minutes if you are hanging out.
Common Market 136 Ontario Street – I’ve been to Common Market many times during my visits to Kingston. It never disappoints and the location is near the waterfront and easy walking distance from both the Delta Kingston and the Frontenac Club Inn. Great sweets and savoury items available here as well.
Now let’s satisfy my doughnut craving. It took a little sleuthing but one of the best kept Kingston secrets may just be Coffee Way Donuts. Located at 472 Division Street, Coffee Way doesn’t look like much from the outside or inside, but once you take a bite of their doughnuts you will be transported to heaven! These are old school doughnuts like I remember eating as a kid. Boston Cream, Jelly filled powdered doughnuts, Cinnamon Twists… the list goes on and on. Best of all these doughnuts are $1.25 a piece!!!!! OMG, even the prices are old school.
If great coffee shops and old-school doughnuts weren’t enough to bring you to Kingston then a visit to White Mountain Ice Cream may just seal the deal. Located at 176 Ontario Street, White Mountain Ice Cream has been making sweet dreams happen since 1853! The best part is you can find their ice cream all over the city and if you love it as much as I do you can even order an ice cream maker from them and make your own at home.
Coffee, ice cream and doughnuts, I’ve died and gone to Kingston.