The best coffee shops to work or study in Guelph!

 
Guelph Cafes
 

Slightly off topic from our main daily specials theme, however, our mission is to promote local businesses and to educate residents about food based businesses near them that they may not already know of. 

I love coffee, and I also love working in different environments. Most of Dine Special was actually created in several different local coffee shops in Guelph! Working and/or studying in a coffee shop has a few requirements including internet speed, distribution of outlets, comfort, coffee quality, variety of food options, and ambiance. For each of the places listed I will summarize how each place does within those characteristics. 

Also, I haven't been to all coffee shops, so if something deserves to be listed here, please get in touch and we will add you. I have tried to include only locally owned type coffee shops, some larger known shops make their way on this list because they are too good to ignore. 

Here we go, in no specific order: 



RED BRICK CAFE

Internet Speed
Great internet speed here. Never had any issues at all and have been going here for about a year now!

Distribution of Outlets
Probably their weak spot. There are still lots of outlets around but you may need to take a peek before sitting down.

Comfort
I have never had any issues with comfort. Even the stools are pretty decent for the longer sessions. I also like the height of the tables, I don't have to destroy my posture while "laptopping". 

Coffee Quality
Love it. They also have interested flavours every now and then to switch it up!

Food Options
I usually get their daily sandwiches. They are pretty healthy and taste great. They also have a ton of deserts to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Ambiance
Probably my favourite for the vibe. Great decor with local art, the set up is great for not only working, but also casual socializing. Usually pretty lively, which is something that appeals to me (I don't like being the only on a computer in a coffee shop). 

 

BALZAC'S GUELPH

Internet Speed
Really really really fast. Pretty reliable as well. I don't think it dropped a single time since I have been going there starting 6 months ago. 

Distribution of Outlets
Everywhere on the walls. If you get stuck on the bar top or middle communal table you may be out of luck. 

Comfort
Average. Chairs have a nice design and definitely aren't uncomfortable. I wouldn't sit there for 3-4 hours straight. 

Coffee Quality
Personally, one of my favourites. They also have really great green tea.

Food Options
One part that is lacking here. Not too many options for lunch or for food that is more filling. They do allow you to bring outside food which is a nice plus!

Ambiance
Nice view of Gordon street and the market. Love all the natural light here, especially on clear sunny day! Usually pretty full with students, workers, and other coffee lovers!

 

PLANET BEAN COFFEE

Internet Speed
Very reliable and very fast. 

Distribution of Outlets
The Gordon location has a lot in the back area. I have never had issues here. The other Wyndham St. location is on my list to check out. I will report on this when I do so!

Comfort
Pretty standard for a coffee shop. I have never had any issue with comfort. Table height is good for laptop work. 

Coffee Quality
For some reason I think their coffee is the strongest. It get's me pretty wired compared to other shops purely based off a eye test. I now a lot of residents in Guelph agree with me here. 

Food Options
Not as much variety, they have great sweets. I especially enjoy their chocolate chunk cookie!

Ambiance
Not as "hipster" or rustic as the others BUT it is clean, simple, and distraction free. I tend to get tons done at Planet Bean. Also, there are always others on laptops here to work and is a bit quieter than the others on this list. 

 

ROBUSTA CAFE & LOUNGE

Internet Speed
The owners recently replaced their router in December to a much faster unit! Don't worry about speed here!

Distribution of Outlets
There are multiple outlets on every wall allowing customers to keep their devices juiced up for the longer work or study session! 

Comfort
The owners discussed how they meticulously searched for the right chair. They not only wanted comfort, but also wanted them to have a high end and upper class appearance. At Robusta you will be sitting on a cushioned mahogany chair!

Coffee Quality
Great quality coffee! Even their Google reviews discuss the coffee quality!

Food Options
A full menu can be found on their website here. They offer a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads for breakfast and lunch. For the evening service (or upon request at any time) they have an excellent sharing menu including flatbreads and charcuterie. They also exclusively stock wines that cannot be found at the LCBO and have an assortment of top shelf scotch.  

Ambiance
The ambiance is a very warm and extremely welcoming space. Thier team is incredibly proud of it and takes exceptional care of the space and their guests.