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Coffee culture has never been as popular as it is these days. Gone are the days when coffee was just for businessmen, and coffee shops littered with wannabe script-writers. Today, you can walk into any Starbucks and find people of all ages and from all walks of life. From teenagers to the elderly and every profession in between, it seems everyone loves coffee (or the many non-coffee bevies you can buy).

However, it’s not all about the Starbucks and Tim Hortons of the world; as great as those locations can be, you’d be doing yourself a great disservice if you didn’t branch out. Mississauga is overflowing with independent coffee shops that each offer something a little different: from unique atmosphere’s, to some of the most eco-friendly coffee money can buy. Alas, I know you’re thirsty, so I won’t blab any longer, here’s the list!

Archtop Cafe

109 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1E2

If it’s personality you’re looking for, then Archtop Cafe in Port Credit might be for you!

“Archtop Cafe is the place for those who love great food, great coffee and great vinyl.” So reads the mantra of Archtop Cafe, a store that is adorned with vinyl records and guitars that convey the passion for music shared by the owners. You can grab yourself a great coffee, a snack, and peruse the vinyl’s, from Kiss to Led Zeppelin.

Port 1 Cafe

1 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON L5G 0A3

Port 1 Cafe in Port Credit is a pretty little store with lots of natural lighting and only a short walk to the lakeshore – you can actually see the lake from the store. Complementing the view and the light is an array of comfortable furniture and a bright green colour palette that gives the store a modern look.

Besides great coffee and snacks, the thing that separates Port 1 from most other coffee shops, is the wide selection of gelato, from tiramisu to pina colada. Port 1 Cafe is perfect on a sunny day; grab an espresso or a latte, a scoop of gelato, sit outside and soak in the sun and sea.

Studio.89

1065 Canadian Pl #104, Mississauga, ON L4W 0B8

Studio.89 is described as a community hub; a place to come, relax, and get to know some like-minded individuals. When you walk in the door you’ll immediately notice the atmosphere and homely decor. You can sit upstairs or downstairs – where you can find comfy couches, books, and even PC’s. Additionally, whether it’s open mic night, board game night, special-language night, arts & crafts, or a book club, Studio.89 rarely has a free night! This is more than a coffee shop, it really is a community hub where you can meet new people.

I’d be remiss however not to mention the coffee itself. Studio.89 prides itself on using organic, fair trade coffee, while also offering vegatarian, vegan, and gluten-free food options. From your standard coffee, to the turmeric latte and even London Fog tea, you can find just about anything your mouth desires in Studio.89.

Coffee Culture

515 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1H9

Easily the newest coffee store on this list, and technically one of three in Mississauga, Coffee Culture is a spacious cafe that offers a bright, modern look and an atmosphere that brings in the millennials.

Also offering organic fair trade coffee, including mocha’s, latte’s, cappuccinos, iced drinks, smoothies, and more, Coffee Culture is not all flash and no substance. It’s a delight for true coffee connoisseurs. And then there’s the desserts, oh boy the desserts!

Fresh, signature muffins (red velvet, maple pecan, cranberry orange, chocolate chip), warm cookies (M&M’s, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin), various cinnamon buns and cheesecakes (pumpkin, Godiva double chocolate, tiramisu espresso, white chocolate & raspberry). Coffee Culture really sets itself apart for those with a sweet tooth. Come to Coffee Culture if you want to chat by the huge windows, take a date for some cheesecake, or have a business meeting, it fits all occasions.