Best Coffee Shops in Nanaimo, BC

Coffee makes the world go around. Well, maybe not, but it sure makes it go around a bit better! In Nanaimo, coffee is a natural part of the day and integrates perfectly with the Island’s rich art scene and small community vibe. We at Loyal Homes know that there’s no better way to enjoy the Harbour City than with a good cup of Joe, so we’ve scoped out the best of the best for you to experience for yourself. 

If you’re planning a trip to Nanaimo anytime soon, you’ll want to check out a few of these top-trending hotspots for all things Java.

Drip Coffee

  • Address: 100 - 2835 Departure Bay Rd. Nanaimo, BC V9S 3X1 / 101 - 1515 Dufferin Cres.Nanaimo, BC V9S 5H6
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 am - 5 pm
  • What we like to order: The Drip Special - A perfectly balanced drip coffee that captures the essence of Nanaimo mornings. 

Nanaimo's coffee scene kicks off with Drip Coffee, a super cute and trendy little spot that takes simplicity to a whole new level. Drip Coffee's minimalist décor creates a cozy atmosphere, making it an ideal spot to catch up with friends or dive into a good book. The baristas at Drip are passionate about their craft, and it shows in every cup. They also sell whole beans and great merch!

White Rabbit

  • Address: 321 Selby Street Nanaimo, BC V9R 2R4
  • Hours: Monday--Saturday, 8:30 am - 5 pm; Sunday-closed.
  • What we like to order: The in-house batch brew with a side of avocado toast.

When you need a break from all that hiking and whale spotting in bustling Nanaimo, jump down the rabbit hole and discover the wonderland of flavours at White Rabbit. This quaint, bright, and airy cafe is a breeze to enjoy, and loves to support local artists showcasing their work. From a classic London Fog to Ricotta and jam toast, you’ll have no trouble snacking here. So, stop in, sit down, and enjoy your dang coffee.

Blenz Coffee

  • Address: 57 - 6631 Island Highway North Nanaimo BC V9T 2T7 (inside the Woodgrove Centre) 
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30 am - 8 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 7 am - 7 pm
  • What we like to order: Honey Oat Hojicha Latte with a classic blueberry scone.

Promising a smile after every sip, Blenz is one of Nanaimo’s favourite coffee spots for young and old alike. Blenz Coffee is the go-to spot for those who prefer a touch of international flair in their coffee, and with a menu inspired by global coffee and tea traditions, Blenz offers a diverse range of beverages, from whole-leaf teas to Japanese iced coffees.  

Ironworks Cafe & Creperie

  • Address: 200 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R 5G6
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:30 am - 4 pm
  • What we like to order: Lavender latte and the four berry crepe.

At Ironworks, a cup of coffee in Nanaimo always becomes a work of art. This industrial-chic café combines rustic charm with a commitment to quality that Vancouver Islanders have come to love. Ironworks roasts its beans in-house, ensuring every cup is a testament to their dedication to the craft. To make your coffee experience even better, they are now offering coffee flights in their Nanaimo location!

Serious Coffee

  • Address: Hammond Bay Centre Unit B - 6357 Hammond Bay Rd. Nanaimo, BC V9T 5Y1
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 6 am - 7 pm; Sunday, 7 am - 6 pm
  • What we like to order: Tea misto and the all-day bagels.

Serious Coffee lives up to its name by delivering some seriously good brews. This local chain has made a name for itself with a commitment to quality and a menu that caters to every palate. Whether you're a black coffee purist or a fan of intricate lattes, Serious Coffee has something to satisfy your caffeine cravings.

Café Today

  • Address: 5771 Turner Road #4 Nanaimo, BC V9T 6L8
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am-4 pm, Sunday closed.
  • What we like to order: Classic cappuccino and French toast.

As the name suggests, Café Today is the spot where coffee is celebrated every day. With a menu that caters to all tastes and preferences, this café is a reliable choice for your daily dose of caffeine. The welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff make it an excellent choice for locals and visitors.

La Isla Café

  • Address: 250 Prideaux St, Nanaimo British Columbia V9R 2N1 
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 2 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm 
  • What we like to order: The famous Nanaimo bar and a classic in-house brew.

This coffee house gem is almost hidden in the city, but when you find it, you feel like you’ve found the jackpot! This unique café is subtle on the outside but packs a tasty punch with a great menu and superb staff. La Isla Cafe is one of our favourite west coast brew shops with dine-in options like butter chicken and house-made sandwiches. It’s the perfect post-hike pick-me-up!

There’s no question that the harbour city has it all, but the coffee is definitely a stand-out part of West Coast living. If Nanaimo’s trending coffee scene gets you hooked, call us today to discuss how we can get you into one of the city’s prime real estate spots. No matter what part of the city you might want to call home—at least you’ll know there’s a coffee shop close by!


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