Lattés, Cappaccino, Fair Trade and More

Where to find the best cup of Java in town.

Whether you're traveling by foot, bicycle, automobile or city transit, these charming cafés downtown Sault Ste. Marie offer a wide variety of unique experiences, all with a delicious cup of coffee in hand.

These local gems are a blend of fresh coffee and tea, local music, art, regionally produced goods, handcrafts, workshops and more. Here is a list of a few local favourites!

Featuring - Café Natüra 

Kelly Burton, Nutritional Consultant at Café Natüra shares her passion for healing and the story of how Café Natüra came to be.

Growing up, I always wanted to open a Politics Store. It would be a café with books that promote positive change. It would be a place where people talked about health and society, geopolitics and the environment. It would be filled with people who believed that civic duties were a part of our responsibilities as humans and we would together, be up for the task.

Many of my friends laughed at how boring and idealistic this sounded.

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Seven years ago, my Naturopath Dr. Todd Carricato, brought me over to the space now known as Café Natüra. He wanted to do something with the space attached to the Elgin Integral Health Centre and thought with our similar views on health and nutrition, we could make a good team. He found us a third partner and away we went creating a business plan and designing our special space.

We opened our doors in August 2008. We serve smoothies, herbal teas, organic fair trade coffee, fresh baking, breakfast, lunch, supplements and self-care products. We get excited about accommodating dietary requirements; including, gluten free and vegan diets. We also offer great catering services.

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Our business has evolved over the years, but our commitment to organic fair trade coffee has not waivered. We carry coffee roasted on St. Joe's Island by Shane and Heather Hoffman, as well as Equator Coffee Roasters in Almonte, right outside my hometown of Arnprior. We have an assortment of herbal and organic teas, and love picking them out for you. The last few years have seen the emergence of an amazing culture within Café Natüra and Sault Ste Marie as a community. Monthly art shows by artists have enabled exposure of paintings and photography from hundreds of locals. The Sault Indigenous Writers Collective has held some really interesting events here, involving some really talented peeps. Jackson Reed, a very young, bright and talented music promoter, created live at Café Natüra – a series of affordable all ages music shows. Public response has been such good times. Live, original, music... Not much better than that.

And then came the Mill Farmers Market and Mill Flea Market. Café Natüra jumped on board when approached about vending at this fantastic venue. It is a hub of everything we love. Whole food, music, hand crafts and people socializing. Here, we sell coffee by the bag or cup, Iced Coffee, Herbal Teas – hot or iced, fresh baking, special of the day, soup, and other random things that we think are cool. On Sunday's, I get to carouse the used book booth and look for my longed for political masterworks.

Come visit us in the café or our booth at the market, for a drink or some food, or perhaps a chit chat about your diet, the world, or life in general. If I am lucky, we may even have the odd discussion about politics. There is no ingenuity gap here. It is not a politics store, per say, but we do foster positive change, nutrient dense eating, enjoyment of art, music, community involvement. We support our local economy and talent. We grow some of our own food. We buy from local farmers. And we are not alone. There are so many social activist in Sault Ste Marie. There are so many do'ers and shakers. There is so much ingenuity. Come to Café Natüra and you will probably meet someone special.

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Menu and Live Entrainment Schedule

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Hours of Operation: Queen Street location - Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 2pm and at Mill Market, 35 Canal Drive - Wednesday 3pm - 7pm, Saturday 8am - 2pm and Sunday 11am - 3pm.

Café Natüra: Whole Food Eatery and Nutraceutical Dispensary
Elgin Integral Health Centre
75 Elgin Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Phone (705) 942-6186
Facebook: Cáfe Natüra

* Content & photo credits: Kelly Burton and Café Natüra

For inquiries, contact Kelly Burton:

Sweet Greetings & The Loons Nest and The Coffee Bar

This popular local shop has moved into some new digs, and expanded their services with a brand new coffee bar. Sweet Greetings not only has a beautiful new storefront and presence in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, but this fabulous boutique offers an incredible selection of merchandise, sweet treats and fresh coffee!

Warm your soul while you shop with a special blend hot chocolate, salted carmel lattes, Café mochas and Paula's wonderful double ginger cookies!

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Photo Credit: Sweet Greetings

477 queen st east
Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
(705) 256-1550

Shabby Motley


You can find this brilliantly created cafe downtown Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. Shabby Motley opened it's doors for the first time on October 1st, 2013 by owner and operator Ashleigh Sauve.  The space is dedicated to showcase an array of regionally produced goods, including handcrafts, textiles, art and edibles as well as, wool, yarn, felting, embroidery, books, needles and hooks, spinning and weaving.

This richly unique Café offers classes and workshops that are held throughout the year, in knitting, crocheting, spinning, dyeing, crafting and offer drop-in class as well!

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Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea, with some delicious homemade baking by Shabby Motley's own house baker Ray. Ray's freshly baked goodies are his own recipes, that have been crafted and perfected over many years of experience.

You can work on your projects, indulge in creating something completely new, or just come to relax and enjoy visiting this downtown gem. 

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday from 10am - 6pm, Friday 10am - 8:30pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm and closed on Sunday.

Located at 356 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Facebook: Shabby Motley

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Dish Espresso Bar & Cafe

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DISH café opened its doors at the beginning of September in 2008 by owner Jennifer Bellerose. The design is a contemporary/industrial theme with a "big city" feel. Irresistible!

DISH is a Gourmet Cafe and Coffee House offering fresh salads, homemade soups and sandwiches, as well as sweets and a variety of herbal and caffeinated tea's. Fare Trade, Organic Coffee of course and a variety of cold beverages and signature drinks are also available. All soups and sandwiches change daily, weekly and monthly and the coffee is shipped in from IDEAL coffee Fare Trade Organic (Kensington Market) on a weekly basis.

Special Features

All guests have access to Free WiFi.

DISH also offers a great variety feast of food for catering events.

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Sample Menu


#1-Pesto Chicken with Roasted Red Peppers, Feta & Spinach
#2-Roast Beef with Red Onion Chili Jam & Arugula
#3-Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Feta & Spinach
#4-Pulled Pork with Housemade BBQ & Lettuce
#5-Curried Sweet Potato Spread with Tomato & Spinach


Mon: Brazilian Black Bean
Tues: Tomato Fennel
Weds: Garden Broccoli
Thurs: Butternut Squash
Fri/Sat: Roasted Cauliflower

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm and closed on Sunday.

Located at 740 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Visit DISH Espresso Bar & Cafe Facebook Page to learn more!

* Content & photo credits: DISH Espresso Bar & Café

Q Cafe and Bakery

At Q Café and Bakery, the warm, family run coffee house is dedicated to bringing premium fresh-roasted coffee, yummy desserts, and other tasty treats to the Sault Ste Marie area. They offer a variety of dishes on their breakfast and lunch menus with freshly ground and brewed beverages and a variety of dishes ranging from lunch-time sandwich trays to pasta and meatballs take-out dinners for two.

The lunch menu changes daily because like their coffee, all of Q Café and Bakery food is made with the freshest ingredients on the market. If you require gluten-free options the menu designers have found a way to make healthy foods taste great, so you can enjoy guilt-free here anytime.

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Fresh Roasted Coffee & Espresso

Each cup of coffee is individually ground and brewed in-house especially for you. They also support the local economy! All of their exceptional coffee beans come from local bean roaster, St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters. The coffee beans are all fair trade certified coffees and are organically grown.

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Short on time? Call in your coffee order or lunch order and they will have it ready to be picked up at any time you choose.

Pre-Order (by noon) a Pasta Dinner for 2 and it will be ready for you when you get off work.

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Professional Affiliations
St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters

Fresh Roasted Coffee and Espresso
Daily Lunch Menu

Sample Menu

Soup: Hearty Turkey Minestrone
Salad: Citrus Shrimp & Spinach Salad with Almonds
Wraps: Grilled Pulled Pork Wrap
Greek Chicken Wrap

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 8am - 5pm, closed Saturday and Sunday.

Located at 472 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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Gore Street Cafe

Two young entrepreneurs opened the doors to the Gore St. Cafe--bringing their mission to make fresh, healthy menu options available to everyone in the community to fruition. 

For more information on the Gore St. Cafe, visit their Facebook page or plan your next lunch and visit them at 164 Gore Street, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario.

Phone: (705) 575-3305.

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About Dionne Elgie

Dionne Elgie grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and has a deep personal love for this city, and like many Saultites, a real passion for the great outdoors. Along with her team at DIG (Digital Intelligence Group)—she works with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to curate compelling travel stories and collect truly useful tour tips that appeal to both local residents and out-of-town visitors. You can contact Dionne at—she’d love to hear from you!

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