Food & Beverage
Located inside Les Suites Hotel
Websitehttps://pressecafelessuites.com Presse Café130 Besserer Street,Downtown Rideau,Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9M9 Get Directions
HOT OFF THE ‘PRESSE’ – Healthy paninis, specialty coffee, hot breakfast, salads; Press Café offers quality food at reasonable prices and is conveniently located inside Les Suites Hotel Downtown Rideau. They also provide catering and delivery to nearby businesses for meetings.
12 years ago, owner Shirley Yu and family moved from Montreal so that their daughter could go to school in Ottawa. “In looking for a new business opportunity, I thought about how much I loved the smell of coffee. A coffee shop seemed to be the answer! I wanted to create a clean, comfortable environment for coffee drinkers and travellers to rest.” Says Shirley.
Located near the Shaw Convention Center and Parliament, as a result, many travellers pass through which brings diversity and energy to the neighbourhood. “We see people from all over the country and all over the world. These make for very enriching and eye-opening conversations.” Although it is tough to build lasting relationships with people who are temporarily visiting or simply passing through, there are some memorable moments for the café owners that have left a lasting impression. “The best day at the coffee shop was in 2013, when the hotel was hosting a group of Columbia kids for a few weeks for dinner during their summer camp. One day, they came in loudly singing happy birthday! It turns out that the organizer of the camp found my birthday on Facebook and decided with her kids to surprise me! They even wrote “Columbia <3 you” on my blackboard, which was incredibly sweet.”
And then there are the regulars – one who stood out in particular. “Last Valentine’s Day, one of my customers of 10 years surprised me with a lovely box of chocolates to thank me and our staff for our work. But she is our favourite not because of the chocolates she gifted us, but because of her support everyday over the last 10 years. She has always been very kind to us and always expressed her gratitude—she was a joy to have at our cafe.”
Shirley can attest that anyone who enjoys their food is considered an ‘ideal’ customer. You can be one too! Enjoy a loyalty card for which 6 coffees will get you a 7th coffee free. Come by to check out daily specials and fresh coffee that is offered every day.
Inside Les Suites Hotel