Kingston’s Favourite Café

favourite cafe, The Sleepless Goat, Kingston, OntarioLast week Kingstonians were given the sad news that one our favourite downtown establishments would be closing for good. The Sleepless Goat, a downtown ygk institution for over 20 years, was a worker’s co-operative, a huge supporter of the arts, and a welcoming, inclusive destination for those seeking fair-trade drinks, veg-friendly meals and homemade desserts. Sadly, The Goat closed its doors this past Friday after a valiant effort to stay open during hard times. A gofundme campaign was established to help pay the debts of the co-op’s members, who were footing the bill for broken down appliances and a hefty $7000.00/month rent. Although their goal has been met, they are continuing to accept donations and anything that goes beyond what is needed to close the café will go to another local initiative.

Keeping in mind the type of establishment that The Sleepless Goat was – a place where customers were welcome to stay for unlimited amounts of time, grab a bite or just a coffee, have access to wireless internet and even get a free meal through their free soup program – this week we’re thinking about other great Kingston establishments that offer a welcoming, home-away-from-home kind of atmosphere. While we are incredibly sad to see The Goat go, we’re  happy to say that Kingston still has a large number of locally owned, unique cafés to choose from. While none will ever be quite like The Goat, they have their own magic and comfort to offer customers.

In this context, we’re defining “café” as a place that is primarily focused on coffee, tea and an assortment of local food, often produced on-site. A place where you can grab a quick meal but it’s also perfectly acceptable to sit with a coffee and read a book or do some work on your laptop. Keeping this description in mind, this week we want to know:

Which local café if your favourite?

  • The Common Market (24%, 151 Votes)
  • Musiikki Café (14%, 91 Votes)
  • The Small Batch Café and Eatery (14%, 90 Votes)
  • Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar (10%, 61 Votes)
  • Coffeeco (9%, 57 Votes)
  • Coffee and Company (9%, 56 Votes)
  • Fardella's Classic Bakery and Internet Café (8%, 49 Votes)
  • Juniper Café (6%, 40 Votes)
  • Coffee Way Donuts (6%, 38 Votes)
  • Chit Chat Café (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 635

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While we don’t particularly enjoy pitting our local businesses against each other (we think they’re all pretty great), we do like to know where Kingstonians love to hang out. So, don’t think of this poll as a question of who is the “best”, but more about having the opportunity to tell the community about your favourite place to go. Is there a haunt that we’ve missed? Whether it’s for the atmosphere, the people, the food or the drink, tell us which ygk café you love to visit.

Thanks to MP Tully for his painting of The Sleepless Goat. Buy a copy here.



  1. bvanbelle2013 March 14, 2016
  2. Flying_Monkey March 19, 2016

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