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Where To Find Ottawa’s Best Seasonal Cafe Items - A Holiday Route That Will Make Santa Jealous

ALLLLLL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOUUU (directed to all the delicious treats these spots have to offer)!!!!!! It's seriously the most wonderful time of the year since these great local businesses are giving us joy in the form of food! Seriously, what's better than eggnog, peppermint and gingerbread flavoured drinks and desserts?! That's a rhetorical question because there is nothing better!!!

1. Oat Couture Cafe

For all your festive hearty breakfast needs: Oat Couture!! The oat special for the Holiday's is the Frosty (the item pictured), which is white chocolate & cardamom whipped ganache topped with coconut, Christmas sprinkles, frosted cranberries & dark chocolate candy cane bark! They also are currently offering Holiday treats: frosted brownies, gingerbread crinkle muffins, pink velvet peppermint donuts and seasonal drinks! Holiday food couture!


2. Cafe Qui Pense

Cafe Qui Pense is a lovely cozy spot tucked into the vibrant Main Street! Their gingerbread latte will definitely keep you warm and joyful during the chilly Holiday season!


3. Bridgehead Coffee

The Bridgehead Holiday menu NEVER disappoints! They have something for everyone, whether you want a creamy eggnog latte, peppermint mocha (they are also awesome iced if you prefer a cold brew), a crisp apple cider or a peppermint late, they got you! They also currently have delicious treats such as: stollen, pecan snowdrops and chai shortbread!


4. Scone Witch

Try to find better scones in Ottawa.... Oh, wait, YOU CAN'T! Scone Witch makes the OG Ottawa scones, so stop on by this Holiday season and pick up these beautiful gingerbread scones while they're still here!


5. Red Door Provisions

Red Door is surely not lacking on the festive front! This small Beachwood cafe is killing the Holiday game with their delicious treats! They have gingerbread houses, shortbread, vegan holiday pop tarts, GINGERBREAD CHEESECAKE SQUARES (I'm literally obsessed with gingerbread and cheesecake), egg nog whoopie pies, hot cross buns AND tourtieres! If you need some festive cheer in your routine, Red Door has your back in the form of dessert!


6. Little Jo Berrys

If you don't know this infamous Westboro vegan cafe, run to your car, plug in your GPS and get ready for a ride TO FLAVOUR TOWN! Their vegan treats aren't only beautiful, they're TASTY too!! Some festive treats you might want to indulge in: chocolate peppermint cookies, peppermint donuts, festive macaroons, shortbreads, PRALINE BARK DONUTS and much much more!


7. Mavericks Donuts

If you're looking to make your family jump with holiday cheer, drop by Mavericks and pick up some of their Holiday-themed donuts! What says I love you more than a box of Santa donuts???!!!! Their Holiday menu: Golden Dulce, Cranberry Orange with Pistachios, Eggnog, Gingerbread, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Orange!


8. Three Tarts Ottawa

It's been a long year, you deserve gifts in the form of dessert! Three Tarts is blessing us with gorgeous (AND DELICIOUS) Holiday treats: gingerbread, sugar pie, apple roasted plum vanilla pie, chocolate pecan pie, chocolate cranberry & toasted pistachio tart AND HOLIDAY COOKIE TINS!!! I'll take 5 of each, please.....


9. Happy Goat

Happy Goat? More like Happy Giulia after eating all of their Holiday menu! Happy goat is the perfect place for those who love candy cane because you can choose between the peppermint latte or the peppermint mocha! They also have a cocoa chai and a cranberry date square!


10. Blonde Baking

Imagine a world where you can enjoy the most amazing array of vegan, gluten-free AND nut-free Holiday desserts..... Why imagine when you can just go to the magical shop of Strawberry Blonde Bakery!!! (Kanata & Westboro locations) Their insane Holiday menu includes: shortbreads, Hanukkah cupcakes, gingerbread (cookies and lattes), latkes, Hanukkah cookies, chocolate peppermint & raspberry white chocolate donuts, candy cane mocha's & hot chocolates, peppermint patties, caramel turtles, orange truffle mochas, no-egg NOG CAKES, Yule logs, peppermint Nanaimo bars and peppermint crunch cookies..... Yah, they definitely aren't lacking any Holiday spirit!!!!


11. Pascale’s Ice Cream

Ice cream is not seasonal, but at Pascale's, they have a seasonal menu!!!! For anyone who thinks ice cream is only meant for summer, you definitely haven't checked out Pascale's INSANE Holiday menu!!! Her creatively is out-of-this-world and so are her flavours!!! Hop in your heated seat sleigh before she runs out and pick up some of her magical menu items: Eggnog pints, reindeer ice cream bars, ginger ice cream sando and chocolate peppermint crackle waffle ice cream sandos!!!!!


12. Mimi’s Manotick

Take yourself on a little day trip to the beautiful neighbourhood of Manotick to stop by Mimi's! Their donuts are fluffy, flavourful AND RIGHT NOW, FESTIVE!! Their festive flavours include: chocolate orange, ginger snap, vanilla stuffed tree, vanilla dip, vanilla mousse, chocolate gingerbread man, peppermint mocha, chocolate dip, Boston cream, milk & cookies and whipped snowflake!


13. Suzy Q Doughnuts

If you don't already know, Suzy Q has some bomb donuts. What they also have is a bomb Holiday menu! If you need some jolly donut joy right now, they're here to give it to you! Their Holiday menu includes: filled sugar plum fairy, peppermint snowdrift, glitter munkki, EGG NOG BRULEE and nanaimo BC!


14. Stella Luna Gelato

Stella Luna is just another ice cream/gelato shop proving the winter ice cream haters wrong! Not only do they have a couple of festive gelatos, but gelato cakes to serve your family of elves!!! If you're getting tired of shortbread cookies and egg nog, try out their jolly flavours of: gingersnap, chocolate mint, chocolate chai, chocolate bourbon candied pecan and chocolate rum & sour cherry!


15. The Green Door

Looking for a more health conscious festive dessert? Open a (Green) Door of possibilities and check out Ottawa's oldest vegan & vegetarian spot! It's going to be hard choosing between the Christmas fruitcake, shortbread cookies, ginger molasses cookies, cranberry orange truffles and holiday spice cheesecake, so why not indulged in them all....?!

Hurry while these local spots still carry their Holiday menu! This is also a great opportunity to start your winter hibernation bod! Ho Ho Ho, Happy Holiday eating!!!!!!



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