Whistler is a place for action-packed days and adventures. Whether you’re hitting the slopes in the winter or heading out for a hike in the summer, you’ll need some fuel to kick start your day. And what better than a good coffee? Whistler has tons of coffee shops, and while it might be tempting to nip into Starbucks or Tim Hortons, there are local options that will blow them out of the park.
The best Whistler coffee shops deliver on quality and value, plus have mouth-watering food options to go along with it. From local experts in sourdough bread to delicious paninis, you have various options to choose from that will tickle your taste buds and satisfy your needs.
Here are some of the best Whistler coffee shops you have to try when visiting this popular Canadian destination.
BRed is a 100% vegan and organic bakery located in Creekside Village. It opened in 2019 after the owners’ side sourdough business took off so much that it was time to upgrade to their own facility. Now, BReD is a household name for anyone in Whistler craving fresh sourdough bread, baked goods, and aromatic hot beverages.
They have a vast selection of bread, vegan cinnamon rolls, and other small baked goods like double chocolate and tahini brownie, ginger molasses cookies and carrot walnut cake made with Pemberton carrots. You will likely be able to smell it as you come up the street! You can pop in and browse what they have on the day or pre-order your favourites. BReD also stocks a selection of Namasthe teas, Indian Chai and can make you any coffee you desire, all with plant-based milks.
BReD is the only coffee shop in Whistler that is 100% vegan, plus they aim to source everything locally, within season and partner with Trees for the Future, planting a tree for every coffee served.
Mount Currie Coffee opened in 2012 and has two locations, one in Pemberton and one on Main St. in Whistler tucked just on the other side of Village Park. They source their coffee from sustainable coffee growers and you can purchase beans in the shop to make your own coffee at home. They also stock travel mugs and Mount Currie apparel so you can show your support for them!
They have multiple different types of espresso to satisfy every coffee lover’s palate whether you’re looking for a complex, layered taste or something bolder. They also source many of their teas from local suppliers.
Ecologyst Cafe is a coffee shop that is pretty new to the Whistler cafe scene. It’s located alongside an ethical clothing shop called Ecologyst on Main St. They use high-quality, organic ingredients to make their baked goods and you can find lots of options if you’re gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian. They also source their sourdough from another local bakery, 200 degrees, and use it in their wide range of breakfast toast options with toppings like almond butter or East Van Jam.
Ecologyst Cafe has also partnered with Bows x Arrows Coffee Roasters from Vancouver and uses their locally roasted beans in all their hot and cold coffee beverages.
Portobello is located in the Fairmont Hotel in Whistler Upper Village and is open from 6.30 am to 8 pm. They have a menu for breakfast, lunch, smokehouse dinner, and coffee shop staples.
Off their breakfast menu, you can choose from their breakfast scrambler bowls, waffles, sandwiches, and house-made pastries. Lunch has poutine, soup and salad, mac n cheese, and Portobello’s best BBQ 15. The drinks section has wines, ciders, mocktails, and drafts.
Purebread is a family bakery with two locations in Whistler, one in Whistler Village and another in Function Junction. They also have three locations in Vancouver. Purebread is known around town for their cakes and, of course, for their bread. They started out selling hand-made treats at Whistler Farmer’s Market until they eventually opened their first store in Function Junction.
Some of their best baked goods include almond croissants, fresh bread, crumbly buckwheat scones, with flavours like lavender earl grey and raspberry white chocolate. You can also enjoy a mug of Campos single-origin coffee, an oat milk latte, a traditional macchiato, or hot chocolate. But don’t miss out on their cakes. They are always coming up with new flavour combinations like raspberry riot with hot pink raspberry lemon drizzle.
Camp, which stands for “Coffee And Mindful Products” is half ethical apparel store and half espresso bar in Function Junction. They use 49th Parallel coffee beans, roasted in Vancouver, in all their coffee drinks and also sell the beans in-store. They have a rotating selection of single-origin espresso beans, so there is always something new to try each time you pop in.
Make sure you try their signature toasted marshmallows or add some of their housemade vanilla syrup to your next beverage.
You can find Cranked Espresso Bar just north of Whistler Village in Rainbow. They source their beans from Canadian roaster Detour and make many of their pastries in-house. They also serve local BC wine and craft beers and often host live music nights! They have a great outdoor patio where you can enjoy some of their unique coffee drinks like a Sweet Velvet Beet Latte or Peppermint Mocha. They also have tons of savoury and sweet treat options like blueberry sage muffins, lemon cranberry bars and croissants.
You can find the Fix Café on Lake Placid Road in Creekside, inside the Nita Lake Lodge. The location is beautiful, with outdoor seating, mountain views and a serene atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the village.
They make delicious smoothies, vegetable juices and serve fairtrade organic coffees and teas. If you want something a bit stronger, you can also order a craft beer or cider.
Enjoy one of their homemade soups, which change daily with a sandwich or croissant or indulge in a Canadian classic. Donuts!
The Whistler coffee scene has a lot to offer coffee enthusiasts. As a visitor, you can make a stop by any of the coffee shops on our list, including BReD, Mount Currie Coffee, Ecologyst Cafe, or Camp Coffee and have an entirely different experience. Whether you’re a vegan, looking for plant-based options or on the hunt for homemade bread, you’ll be able to find tons of options in Whistler.