Cafe Brea Espresso Bar – Dartmouth

Run by owner/operator Melita Scott, Cafe Brea Espresso Bar is an Italian-inspired cafe on Portland St., Dartmouth. The cafe is a great lunch spot, serving up fantastic coffees, desserts (including Schoolhouse gluten-free options!), soups & sandwiches, and more. Walking into the cafe has an immediate welcoming feel as regulars are greeted as friends.

The fair trade coffee is roasted in-house. Selections of wraps, daily delicious soups, quinoa salads, and high quality fruit smoothies are made in-house. All baked goods are locally supplied and will not disappoint.


Cheesecakes baked by Sweet Here After and cupcakes by City Girl Cakes that are seriously-the-best-cupcakes-ever-tasted are hot commodities at the cafe. Melita was right, the salted caramel cupcakes are absolutely to die for!





It’s not unusual to find CBC radio playing, with a few patrons curled up in comfy chairs reading by the fireplace. Seating is plentiful, the atmosphere bright, yet warm and cozy, with red and yellow walls, and black accents. On a warm autumn day there is seating available al fresco in bar-stool height chairs at tables for two out front.


The beautiful Sara Bonnyman Pottery mugs and plates for in-house dining are well loved, and they are available for sale.




Cafe Brea is a community hub of sorts, hosting GROW Dartmouth MINGLE events, Business Women Connect, live local music, fundraising for great causes like the foodbank, and soon: storytelling! The cafe is available for events. Melita is clearly committed to her community and encouraging the growth of entrepreneurs like herself in the area.



Cafe Brea has a live music event coming up on Nov 23, at 7:30pm featuring Jim Henman!


Be sure to drop by and say hi to Melita.



Trish McCourt

A mother of two girls, age 9 & 11, I often miss the days of playgroups and nursing very much. For some time now I have been working on a plan, trying to find the right fit for me and my family in my work life. I am a registered social worker and early childhood educator. I have directed child care centres, and not-for-profit organizations and I have been a stay at home mom. Staying at home has by far been my favourite role. I have been living & working in the Halifax area (again) since 2005, after returning to the place I called home.

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