What’s a great place to do business? A spot where your conversation can’t be overheard, and quiet enough that you can hear the person across from you. The coffee has got to flow — you do have to keep your mind sharp as you’re crunching the numbers — and the snacks have to be fulfilling, but don’t take over the table.
Where should you go for your power coffee or your out-of-the-office parlay? These are spots that we think are good to go when it comes to arranging your next big sale or merger.
Hidden away in the residential area of Garneau, the café (formerly Leva Café) has a definite greenhouse vibe to it. Here, you can be certain you won’t have any trouble hearing the conversation, and there is plenty of seating to choose from. A fair warning, though — as you enjoy a cup of coffee by Ace Coffee Roasters and a moment of peace before (or after) your business meeting, you may be tempted to stay here for the rest of the day, taking in the greenery. Pair the coffee with one of Ace’s freshly baked specialty doughnuts, an Apricot Jam Bomboloni — this fluffy and soft doughnut is sprinkled with sugar and filled with sweet apricot jam.
Downtown has no shortage of cafes to choose from — but it can be tough to snag a spot in the middle of a busy weekday, especially with physical distancing guidelines in effect. If you’re looking for a spacious, easily accessible and a well-lit space, schedule your next meeting at Rosewood Foods. Located a block away from the Stanley A. Milner Library, the eatery has plenty of seating available inside, alongside some scenic downtown views — making it well-suited for those quick afternoon meetings. And if it’s lunch hour and you’re looking for a meal rather than a pastry, try the Katsu Chicken Sandwich, which comes with red cabbage, house-made kewpie mayo, katsu sauce and a house-made bun — the chicken is satisfyingly crispy, and the sandwich is filling and packed with flavour.