While in town for a course, I had to seek out good coffee – Ottawa doesn’t have much of a reputation as an amazing food town, but come on – with as many office workers as it has downtown – there absolutely has to be good coffee. And it turns out, there is.
Bridgehead is a chain of coffee stores – with at least 11 locations in Ottawa, I was fortunate that there was a location just around the corner from where my course was. I dropped in, ordered an americano, and asked the barista what he’d recommend from the pastry collection – he suggested the pain au chocolat, my favourite – and so that was breakfast.
How was it? The coffee was great – rich, dark – far, far better than anything I’ve had at Starbuck’s, the Second Cup, or Tim Hortons (the Ontario trifecta of common coffee places) – in fact, this was entirely decent coffee, worthy of being served in Seattle or Vancouver. As for the pain au chocolat – I’ll pass next time. While Bridgehead has the coffee right, whoever supplies their pastries – at least based on my one try – needs to step it up a little.
But when you’re in Ottawa, caught in the maze of brutalist concrete that is the downtown, you’ll find a soft spot at Bridgehead, knowing that you’ll get a great espresso, americano, or latte.
Multiple locations throughout Ottawa
96 Sparks St. (at Metcalfe)
Ottawa, ON K1P 5B6
Tel (613) 232-4936
Monday to Friday 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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