After my travels in Asia, I fell in love with cafe culture and the ‘cafe experience,’ especially in Taiwan and Singapore. Coffee was great, food was delicious, and the atmosphere was unbeatable. So today, I decided to go cafe hopping into some of Calgary’s local cafes, and my first stop was Cafe Blanca in Eau Claire.
The other cafes I visited for the crawl…
It was my first time at Cafe Blanca and I didn’t know what to expect. The cafe’s interior design screamed “ART” from the espresso cups hung by wiring on the ceiling to the origami birds scattered around the cafe. On the arts stage, there was a DJ spinning some music, and even an artist flow painting live!
I went on a Sunday afternoon, and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as busy as other cafes, despite it being a gorgeous day in Calgary. Cafe Blanca is an awesome cafe just to sit down and immerse yourself in a book or laptop, socialize with friends, or even just to people-watch and enjoy the music.
Coffee was, of course, the main event in Cafe Blanca. Besides the usual espresso-based drinks (lattes, macchiato, etc.), they also serve siphoned coffee for coffee enthusiasts. At Cafe Blanca, they serve single-origin coffee, which means the beans originate from one location—allowing you to enjoy the distinct flavour of coffee beans from various regions.
I ordered a soy latte because that’s what I always order, but they serve other kinds of drinks as well such as beer and iced drinks! They also bake fresh pastries and meals, if you’re feeling peckish for food.
If you like arts and music, you will love Cafe Blanca!
COST: Normal. As with most cafes, drinks and food are pretty similar. For a large espresso-based drink, expect to pay around $5. For a sandwich or wrap, expect to pay around $7 – $10.
TASTE: Good. My soy latte was pretty tasty! Their baked goods looked good too, but I would guess that they weren’t vegan. They also sell salads, wraps and sandwiches if you are hungry for real food.
ACCESSIBILITY: Easy. Cafe Blanca is located at the Eau Claire neighbourhood in north Downtown, so it is very convenient to get here. Alight at 4th Street station (westbound) or 3rd Street station (eastbound), and just walk north (~10 minutes by foot).
ATMOSPHERE: Very nice. If you like art and music while drinking coffee, this is your place to be! In some days, they have artist doing their thing LIVE in the cafe, as well as DJs spining pretty good music. In some evenings, they also have live music by local and visiting artists.
SERVICE: 8/10. The baristas are nice and friendly, and are willing to help if you have any questions.
Address: 240 Riverfront Avenue SW, Calgary AB
Phone: (403) 460 – 2002
- Monday: 7AM – 9PM
- Tuesday: 7AM – 9PM
- Wednesday: 7AM – 9PM
- Thursday: 7AM – 9PM
- Friday: 7AM – 9PM
- Saturday: 9AM – 8PM
- Sunday: 9AM – 6PM
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