A crepe recipe may be simple, but transforming the thin batter of eggs, milk, flour, and butter into the paper-thin pancakes takes concentration and expertise—two traits mastered by the chefs at Caramel Crêpe. Once cooked to a golden brown on the flat griddle while diners watch, the traditional, buckwheat, and gluten-free canvases are decorated with everything from a simple sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar to a complex spread of melted mozzarella, smoked chicken breast, and spinach and pesto. Customers can choose from a menu of nearly 20 combinations, each named after the owners’ family and friends and in remembrance of their personal experiences and childhood goldfish. A sleek bistro-like ambiance sets the scene for noshing morning, noon, and night, and it's not unusual to spot a few local celebrities hanging around the eatery, such as Sylvia Kuzyk of CTV.
Amma, meaning "grandmother" in Icelandic, embodies the welcoming spirit of this tearoom, where visitors should always feel like family. Amma's chefs serve up a classic menu of teatime fare in the afternoon, preparing finger sandwiches, quiche, and pots of loose-leaf tea. These leisurely meals end with a sampling of homemade desserts, such as apple pie, multilayered red velvet cake, and indulgent turtle cheesecake.
Timothy's Café serves fair-trade), custom-roasted coffee, espresso, and tea alongside an oven-fresh café menu. Conquer caffeine cravings with a large coffee ($2.60)—Timothy's offers more than 40 types of perfectly roasted beans and blends, such as the mild breakfast blend flavoured by Costa Rican beans, or a dark roast Rainforest Espresso, a 100 per cent Rainforest Alliance–certified brew grown on a Brazilian family farm. Morning risers can combine a large café au lait ($4.20) with a muffin ($1.68) from Timothy's bakery for a mobile breakfast, and noontime diners can partake of a gourmet sandwich, such as the Madras chicken, providing the energy and nourishment needed for a decade-spanning Degrassi marathon streamed over the free WiFi ($4.99).
At Travel Mug Cafe, rustic hardwood floors support plush leather furniture and bright-red beams and assorted lamps illuminate maps and art from around the world on earth-toned walls. Amid this warm atmosphere, trained baristas tend to handcrafted espresso and pour-over brews, including local favorite Black Pearl coffee. They also steep more than 40 loose-leaf teas, which are available for purchase by the gram. Patrons pair their sips with freshly made pastries such as cheesecake, cannoli, and imperial cookies while listening to soft music or watching picture settings on the flat screen.
Caf? D?Amour has everything, from delicious espresso drinks and fresh baked goods to comfy sofas and armchairs. But look a little closer and you'll find what sets this shop apart from the rest. Owners Althea Howard and Sharla May take care to source from eco-friendly suppliers?among them local roasters De Luca's, Fratello Brothers, and Kicking Horse. In addition to sandwiches, pastries, and specialty coffees, they also whip up smoothies from fruit purees and green tea infusions, which can be kicked up a notch with healthful boosts such as vitamin-, antioxidant-, or protein-packed blends.
Housed within Centro Caboto Centre, a nonprofit space dedicated to celebrating Italian culture, Café 13 winnipeg stays true to the centre's mission by serving up sumptuous Italian culinary specialties and beverages. The café's cooks prepare dishes such as capicollo with genoa salami and capers, chicken parmigiana, and pasta with eggplant and artichoke. Visitors can sip cappuccinos and lattes while relaxing on the patio, playing foosball, or enjoying the indoor bocce courts.