It’s time to shine the spotlight on Whistler’s coffee shops. After all, they play an integral role in our community: whether you’re meeting a friend for coffee, grabbing a cup to go for the gondola ride up the mountain, or doing a little people watching from a café patio, Whistler and coffee go hand in hand.
Luckily, there are plenty of spots in town to enjoy a little java. From international chains to one-off local joints – and everything in between – there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are some of our favourite coffee shops in town.
It’s hard to describe what makes Moguls such a great coffee shop, but there’s something about it that’s distinctly Whistler. The menu is varied without being overwhelming; the breakfast sandwiches and baked goods hit the spot (check out the jumbo cookies), and the sunny patio is the perfect place to take in the happenings of the Village Stroll.
Mount Currie Coffee Company
Tucked away on Main Street just off the Village Stroll is the Mount Currie Coffee Company, a popular place for Whistler’s coffee aficionados. Whistlerites were ecstatic when they found out the popular Pemberton coffee joint was opening a location right here in Whistler. Now, you can enjoy a finely crafted cup of coffee without making the trek to Pemby.
Follow your nose to Purebread, the mouthwatering bakery located a stone’s throw from the Olympic Rings on the Village Stroll. One of three Purebread locations (there’s one in Whistler’s Function Junction neighbourhood and a newer location in Vancouver), Purebread isn’t just about baked goods – they also brew a mean cup of coffee. Try a cup of their Stumptown brew, and pick up a treat (or three) while you’re there.
Looking for a coffee shop with local flair? Head up the highway to Whistler’s Alpine Meadows neighbourhood and grab a cup at the Alpine Café. It’s equally delicious enjoyed inside on a winter’s day or out on the picnic tables in the summertime. This is how the locals do coffee!
The Fix Café
On the opposite end of town is the Fix Café at Nita Lake Lodge. Turn off the highway when you see the Husky station and head down towards the gorgeous lodge on the lake. Not only does the Fix offer delicious beverage options, but they also serve a variety of baked goods that everyone can enjoy, including plenty of vegan and gluten free options. We recommend taking your coffee to go and sipping it as you stroll on the Valley Trail around the lake.
Situated steps away from the Whistler Village gondolas, Lift is the #1 place to grab your pre-mountain cup of coffee. Run by the same folks who operate Moguls (they also run Gone, another coffee shop/bakery worth checking out), Lift is the perfect place to meet up with your friends before a day on the mountain. A little known fact: Lift offers super cheap jugs of beer and a perfect patio in the sun, making it a perfect après spot.