THOUGHTS THURSDAY: My Favourite Local Eateries

Hey! How’s it goin?
I just finished another paper and have tons more to do before the end of this semester school-wise, but it’s flying by. I thought I’d sit down (actually currently in a lecture… oops😜), and do a review post, which I haven’t done in a while.
Without further adew, here are my top 5 favourite eateries in KW region (for my local friends!)
5. Settlement & Co.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Menu: 2/5
Coffee: 3.5/5
Service: 5/5
Food: n/a
Settlement has my favourite atmosphere and vibes of all the cafes I’m listing. It has a cozy entrance, with a back room complete with tons of pillows and the look of a “greenhouse.” It is usually fairly quiet and good for studying.

I have tried both a blonde and dark coffee, and both were “meh” in my opinion. The dark not quite robust enough and the blonde too mellow and citrus. However, the almond milk latte I had was perfect, and the art on top phenomenal.

The staff are wonderfully chatty and kind and hospitable. I have not tried the food, and while the menu is not vast, the toast bar looks adorable, as do the giant cookies.

4. Thrive Energy Lab.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Menu: 4/5
Coffee: n/a
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
The fact that this place doesn’t have coffee is the only thing keeping it from higher on my list! While it’s difficult to sit in with more than one other diner because the seating is small and the tables few, Thrive’s interior is beautiful. An amazing aroma is the first thing that hits you every time.


The only thing that keeps the food score from 5/5 is that I’ve only tried a salad, which was great but not fantastic– however, all the other food looks amazing, and I’ve heard nothing but good things.


The menu isn’t huge, and is a little pricey, but the smoothies would be top of my list to try. 
The staff are always so lovely and eager to help!
3. Seven Shores.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Coffee: 4/5
Menu: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
I had a birthday breakfast here, and the staff was wonderful in putting it together. I have thoroughly enjoyed every coffee experience, and something super exciting for me is the delicious oatmeal on this menu. There are many vegan and non-vegan options, and the menu is super versatile. I ADORE the beautiful, vintage atmosphere and setting. 

The food is always delicious. 

2. Cafe Pyrus.


Atmosphere: 4.5/5

Menu: 5/5

Coffee: 5/5

Service: 3.5/5

Food: 4/5

Cafe Pyrus has a phenomenal menu range with fantastic coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, parfaits, and baked goods. Their Americanos are excellent, and the vegan options reminiscent of childhood food. I love the grungy vibes and chalkboard menus– some portions are small, however, where others are quite large! The menu is well priced, in general, for what you get. 


1. Pure Juice Bar and Kitchen.


This place will always take the cake for me.

Atmosphere: 5/5

Coffee: 5/5

Food: 5/5

Service: 4/5

Menu: 4.5/5

I adore this place so much. The atmosphere is so sophisticated, clean, and effortful. The establishment has an air of confidence in what it is doing. The food is brilliant and organically sourced, with vegan and non-vegan options. The smoothies are excellent and worth the price, and there are tons of paleo baked goods. Every coffee I’ve had, both black and in almond milk cappuccino form, has been excellent. The staff is eager to help and well trained. And the grain boxes are so creative and tasty. 


I haven’t tried one of these acai bowls but they look phenomenal! 

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