Higher Grounds Cafe at Escape Outdoors is downtown North Sydney's independent coffee shop. We offer a great cup of coffee, plain and simple. You know, the kind of coffee that's so good, you're left feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on anything. We're proud to serve Full Steam Coffee's organic, fair-trade and kosher brews and support this local Guysborough roastery. We also have a sinfully nutritious selection of treats baked on site in our new kitchen, renovated almost 100% with recycled materials and decorated with vintage finds.

A visit to our cafe is made even better by browsing our carefully curated and gently loved selection of bestselling books. Work your way through CBC's collection of the Top 100, or Times' best books list. Or, take some time to enjoy some meditative downtime with a puzzle.

This space has been created for the enjoyment of our customers and community. We invite you to grab a friend, stop by, sample our coffee and take a moment to sit for a short while and chat. 

Our menu changes daily. Browse our regular, delicious favourites.

The time to relax is when you don’t have the time for it.
— Sidney Harris