The whole bus ride home from campus yesterday I overheard a lengthy conversation shared between two typical jock-type characters regarding their devoted love and appreciation for local Ottawa venues, such as a hispter-esque soup and sandwich joint and an artisanal cured meats and fine cheeses store to name a few. There is something really wholesome about hearing the words “Yeahh duude, they got some mad tasty cheeses yooo” and “that tomato BISQUE…..THOOOO” resonate passionately throughout the bus as it barrels down Bank street on a chilly Friday night (I kid you not, these guys were such stereotypical “bros” it took all of my energy to not turn around in my seat and catch a glimpse of these unbelievable characters).
But I totally get it. Honestly, I feel the same way about the cute little stores and coffee shops and other related establishments that you can find here in Ottawa. One of the ones that I’ve been meaning to check out for a while is called “Little Victories Coffee” – a small independent coffee roaster based in Ottawa! I hadn’t ever heard of the place until they recently opened up a second venue where the old French Baker use to be, in between third and fourth street in the Glebe. I checked out their website and Instagram and instantly fell in love with their charming aesthetic.
Ben and I swung by their relatively new Bank Street location before heading to our classes that Friday morning for some coffees and a sweet treat! I opted for a small latte, Ben ordered his classic black coffee and we grabbed a cinnamon donut to share.
The coffee was really great, and the donut was AMAZING (to say the least). They get their donuts from a donut shop called “SuzyQ Doughnuts“, yet another local, Ottawa-based establishment! I absolutely love how all of the independent shops here support one another by selling one another’s goods and products in their stores. You can find locally-sourced donuts and sweets in various coffee shops around town, locally-made soaps and decor at your favourite restaurants, and pouches of locally-crafted coffee mixes and jams at used bookstores and big-name grocers. It’s absolutely commendable, the strong sense of community here in the city!
They have a pretty vast assortment of croissants,”pain au chocolat” and other baked goods on deck if, unlike me, you actually like to keep your health in check and prefer NOT to have donuts for breakfast. :’)
In total, our order came to around 9 dollars before the tip. I applaud them for their revolutionary paying system – they make you chose between a 1, 2 or 3 on a spiffy touchscreen to determine how many dollars you wish to tip, and then you are made to flash your debit card on some white cube off to the side (black mirror WHOM?). I chose the “2” since I’m all about supporting local businesses but I’m still a student so I’m still poor at the end of the day.
All in all the place was a sweet little hangout with plenty of natural lighting, cool tunes, yummy eats, a cozy atmosphere and super nice service. It’s the perfect place to hang out with friends or get some studying done in a more welcoming atmosphere than the lowkey depressing school library.
Plus, the chic minimalist interior decor is bound to take your Instagram feed to the next level! The big windows by the front of the store let in a lot of natural light to make taking an aesthetically pleasing shot that much easier. I find a lot of small local coffee shops can end up getting too stuffy and dark to take a decent pic in, especially with a phone camera, but that certainly wasn’t the case here.
For more information, check out their socials! They also sell some pretty cool stuff on their website, from actual merch to bags of coffee and brew gear!