Top 5 Board Game Cafes to Visit Outside of Brampton

Published November 23, 2018 at 1:01 am

Calling anyone who jumps for joy when they hear the following: Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, Battleship, Apples to Apples. That’s right I’m calling all gamers, or board-gamers rather. 

Playing board gamers is an incredible way to spend time while spending time with anyone really. They are fun, make you think, and sometimes, depending on the intensity level, can bring out the completive side of people (guilty). 

And what better place to play board games than at a board game café.

Here are the top five board game cafes you should visit outside of Brampton.

5. Mancala Monk


Mancala Monk is one of those places where you walk in and you feel like you’re at home. From the delicious food (try the milkshakes), the incredibly warm and welcoming staff, to the thousands of games you can pick from, going to Mancala Monk is a must.

The café has a full menu with lunch, dinner, and snack options (did I already mention that you should try the milkshake?). As well, Mancala Monk also serves local, fair trade coffee, other hot beverages, and cold beverages. 

A few of the games you’ll find at this café include Apples to Apples, Clue, Giant Jenga, Ghostbusters, Pig Goes Pop, and Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, just to name a few. 


1229 Cannon St. E., Hamilton

Hours of operation:

Monday – Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the Mancala Monk website.

Photo is courtesy of the Mancala Monk Facebook page.

4. For The Win


For The Win Café was started by gamers who just wanted to share their passion with others. In addition to games of course, For The Win has a wide selection of food and drink options including, get ready for this, a Nutella latte (gasp), slushies, bubble tea, sandwiches, a wide selection of team and more.

A few games that can be found at this café include 5 Second Rule, Aton, Battle Line, 

Battleship, and Dungeons & Dragons, and tons more. 


3216 Yonge St., Toronto

Hours of operation:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 5 p. m. – 12 a.m.

Friday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Saturday: 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.

For more information, visit the For The Win website. 

Photo is courtesy of the For The Win Facebook page. 

3. Utopia Dream Café


This Markham hotspot provides gamers with the opportunity to pick from hundreds of games while enjoying an amazing menu. This café serves a variety of speciality house drinks, teas, juices, milkshakes, yogurt, slushies, and more.

A few games you can find while here include Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, King Dominoes, Mall of Horror, The Little Prince, and Eight-Minute Empire.


7170 Warden Ave., Unit 26-27, Markham

Hours of operation:

Sunday – Thursday: 1 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Friday – Saturday: 1 p.m. – 3 a.m.

For more information, visit the Utopia Dream Café website.

Photo is courtesy of the Utopia Dream Café website.

2. Crossroads Board Game Café


Located directly across from Wilfred Laurier University Crossroads Board Game Café is an excellent place to go to relax after a long hard day at school. In fact, this board game café is an excellent place for anyone to go to any time.

Here gamers will find a selection of over 200 games, as well as a fully stocked café and bar. 

In addition to gaming, this café has weekly events including a paint night every Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m.  


258 King St. N., 2nd Floor, Waterloo

Hours of operation:

Sunday: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Monday: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Saturday: 3 p.m. – 1 a.m.

For more information, visit the Crossroads Board Game Café website.

Photo is courtesy of the Crossroads Board Game Café Facebook page.

1. Gameopolis


Another Hamilton location!

This café offers, not surprisingly, a wide variety of games including strategy games, part, family games, and everyone’s favourite, trivia games. 

While you game, enjoy the incredible menu that includes pita and hummus, chips, popcorn, paninis, salads, nachos, hot chocolate, a variety of teas, and so much more. Vegan options are available at this location. 


223 King St. E., Hamilton

Hours of operation:

Sunday: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Friday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

For more information, visit the Gameopolis website. 

Photo is courtesy of the Gameopolis Facebook page.