Hamilton is not usually the first place that comes to mind when I think “coffee” or “relax” or “anything at all”. I know it’s an up-and coming type place but in all honesty I just can’t handle the roads. I drive the passage between Toronto and Niagara often and each time I pass the grey smoke stacked skyline I just kind of instantly put my foot down harder on the gas.
However, thanks to a friends suggested meet up spot, I found myself at Durand coffee. A super charming cozy coffee shop with a pretty extensive beverage menu and a great light filled space.
Ok – full disclosure, as much as I love to eat I am usually really good at avoiding the pastry counter at cafes. I’m usually just looking forward to a yummy frothy latte is all. But this time my #1 café partner was enjoying a slice of ridiculously good-looking carrot cake as I walked in. Guys, this carrot cake had so much icing on it, it looked so fluffy and delicious and it took me no time at all to cave.
We honestly sat in Durand catching up forever, and I love a place where you can do that comfortably and not feel like you’re outstaying your welcome. We stayed so long we ordered again – lol yeah that kind of long.
The interior of Durand is light and airy while maintaining a cozy corner coffee shop vibe. There is a large communal table, some window seating and even a back room filled with books and games for anyone to enjoy. The staff were pleasant too, which was a nice change from some more pretentious cafes (ahem Toronto, looking at you).
Either way, I would highly suggest a stop into Durand coffee if you ever choose to put yourself through the confusion and turmoil of attempting to drive in Hamilton.