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Higher Ground
Ranked #2 of 131 Coffee & Tea in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
Neighbourhood: Hillurst
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Neighbourhood: Hillurst
Reviewed 1 June 2016

I hadn't gone here for coffee for many years though I had heard great things during that time. When I finally got there I was really impressed. The size (double what it originally was), the menu, the baked goods, the coffee (really nice) and the ambiance; all together creating a pleasant meeting spot. There were lots of people even on a Tuesday afternoon- it looked like lots of locals did business there; students did homework there; and people just hung out there. Very pleasant.

Thank Nick D
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Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

The ladies had a spa day in Kensington and I met them at Higher Ground. I believe that if anything a coffee shop shows its true colours when it gets really busy. You can see it in the faces of the servers as well as in the quality of service. This place is in good hands as the specialty coffees kept coming out served with a smile. The food server showed her agility and control as she somehow managed to wind her way through the crowded place. The cashier takes the orders, provides you with regular coffee and anything from behind the sweets counter. Specialty coffees/teas are prepared further down the counter and if you have ordered food then you are given a number on a mini flagpole to display at your table.
That is, if you can get a table. The place was busy but in a good way. Singles, couples, groups of four - the place was full of them. Some chatting, some texting, some working solo on laptops. I think it's not only the coffee and food that brings people here it also the atmosphere that makes this place tick. Kudos to the staff that creates that atmosphere that makes people come back again and again.
And yes the coffees are really good too!

1  Thank OpdCgy
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

This trendy coffee shop features a nice selection of comfort foods, a cozy fireplace, and plenty of seating. All of the coffee & espresso options are 100% organic and fair trade. All of the teas are also organic. If you like coconut, try the coconut cake - it's rich and decadent. Parking can be a bit tricky in Kensington so if you drive to the cafe, consider getting a Park Plus online account in advance so you can pay for parking with your cell phone.

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Thank Michelle R
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

They have a great selection and good service. Good location and seating. Skip the Starbucks chain and check this place out!

1  Thank Karpedmgirl
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Reviewed 9 April 2016

Good coffee, good snacks, great atmosphere and excellent for people watching if you can get a window seat.

Thank Sara782
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