I lived in Kelowna for a few years when I first got off the boat in Canada.
In my experience, Kelownians fit into one of two categories.
1 – Some of the most incredibly lovely people in Canada, who will give you the shirt off their back (if you’re at the beach and don’t have a six-pack).
2 – Roided up, Chihuahua toting, lifted truck driving, drug dealing COVID denying bumble fucks that listen to the song Kelownafornication.
The comforting part about this amazing city is that #2 is really easy to avoid if you steer clear of Cactus Club, Social 242 and Tinder.
OK, shade-throwing aside, I love Kelowna.
And DAMN has it changed in the last few years.
They used to be a summer town. But now they’re an all-singing, all-dancing hipster paradise.
There are more breweries than you can shake a stick at.
There are trendy restaurants everywhere.
But more importantly…
What is the coffee scene like in Kelowna?
Well, it’s no Vancouver, but if you know where to look, it’s actually pretty good.
First off you need to realize that the light roast struggle is real.
It’s a city that most definitely has a leaning towards the darker to medium roast end of things, in most coffee shops.
But if you stay away from the chains, and use my list below, you’ll be in safe hands.
Where are the best coffee shops in Kelowna?
First off, this is an alphabetical list. So if the owners of these shops are reading, don’t get salty with me over the order!
The OG specialty coffee shop in Kelowna, Bean Scene has been roasting since the mid-’90s. Back then, the town only had a Bean Scene, a saloon and everyone rode horses.
You can expect a more traditional cozy coffee shop look and feel. They have a great selection of food, with house-roasted coffee that does edge towards the medium-dark end of things.
Don’t be scared of the darker stuff though, it’s really rather good.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: The carrot cake muffin is outrageously good. Their Landmark cafe (where they roast their beans) offers a traditional macchiato, with heavy cream and a ristretto shot in it.