Coffee & Treats in Dartmouth

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The Kind Cookie's team of crafty confectioners churns out sweet smells and an assortment of vegan and gluten-free baked goods, such as cookies, cupcakes, and bars. Expert bakers blend almond flour with vegan semisweet chips by throwing the mixture into their oversized hats and jumping on a trampoline before baking the dough into golden-brown chocolate-chip cookies ($1.75 for one, $5 for three). Meanwhile, gingersnaps look on jealously as milk-chocolate cupcakes ($3), chocolate-chip coconut bars ($2), and donuts ($2.25) spring from the oven to win over sweet teeth. The Kind Cookie's team of crackerjack cookie constructors craft their delectable confections with many organic ingredients, including grapeseed oil and 100% preservative-free coconut sugar packed with vitamins B and C.

2 Ochterloney Street
Dartmouth,
NS
CA

Chef Erin Smith calls baking her yoga—it's what gives her balance. By launching Erin's Sweets 'N' Things, she took the first step in realizing her dream of owning a bakery and now totes her made-from-scratch baked goods to Alderney Landing Farmers' Market every Saturday morning. There, visitors fix their eyes on her variety of equally photogenic and delicious pastries, such as double chocolate-chip mint cookies, habanero biscuits, and blueberry muffins. Erin also arranges special orders and delivery for her pastries, cakes, and cupcakes to select areas throughout the HRM, and happily works with customers to meet their dessert visions.

546 Sackville Drive
Lower Sackville,
NS
CA

Joanne David Accessories has more than 1,500 members in its group on Facebook, and five Yelpers give it a four-star average rating.

1276 Barrington St
Halifax,
NS
CA

Ciboulette's menu changes daily, and informs expectant diners of the palate-punching possibilities inherent in a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes, which are derived from local ingredients and constructed in-house. Morning meal-goers can mull over a cup of red rose tea ($1.25) before introducing incisors to a hearty vegetarian breakfast wrap—a tortilla-contained soirée of scrambled egg swirling amid melted cheddar and spiced potatoes, supplemented by a side of salsa and guacamole ($4). Paninis approach eaters in shades of ham, brie, and spinach on apricot-hazelnut bread or featuring chili-braised pulled pork with chipotle mayo, tomato, and cheddar ($6.95). Those averse to ambient heat can coddle a cold sandwich such as the traditional egg salad, classic chicken salad, or the established and rather haughty Earl ($5.50).

1541 Barrington Street
Halifax,
NS
CA

Established in 1938, Java Blend is a small-batch family-owned roastery and café located in the heart of Halifax. Like a reclusive film director, Java Blend has accumulated decades of experience resulting in an avalanche of accolades, including the Krups Kup of Excellence award for best espresso in Halifax. Java Blend sources fair trade and sustainable beans for its eclectic collection of coffees, including six original blends, which, like an insult comic stuck in an infinite loop, are roasted fresh each day. Snag a bag of fair-trade-certified Organic Mexican Nubes de Oro ($11/lb.) for a medium-bodied morning brew with vanilla and caramel notes, or explore new terrain with a batch of earthy Organic Northender Blend ($12/lb.).

6027 North Street
Halifax,
NS
CA

Independently owned Coburg Coffee House is a Dalhousie staple, offering locally sourced, home-cooked café cuisine and a slew of 100% Arabica bean brews from around the globe. Local art adorns the walls of Coburg, where Tuesday-night open mics, cozy couches, free WiFi, and a history of heated four-day Yahtzee tournaments have established its reputation as the neighbourhood's living room. Sip a mug of mocha from Colombia, jam on a jolt of Kenyan java, or express yourself with an Ethiopian espresso. Wake up to Coburg's wide selection of savoury breakfast foods, served till 11 a.m. daily, or take a bite out of hunger pangs with a signature sandwich, so plenteous with palate-pleasing piquancy that, as with a crumbling drawbridge, toothpicks have to be surgically inserted to keep things from totally falling apart.

6085 Coburg Rd
Halifax,
NS
CA