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Caffeine 1UP – Ottawa, Ontario

Situated on the perimeter of Ottawa’s bustling Byward Market, Caffeine 1UP is an independent video game cafe offering exceptional lattes, sweet treats, and over 280 video games available for play.

Caffeine 1Up aims to lift gaming from basements and bedrooms into the social realm. The cafe offers 12 game consoles and six themed playing stations. Vistors to the cafe can choose from Xbox, GameCube, Wii, Steam, SNES, and other new and retro gaming consoles. The environment at Caffeine 1UP is perfect for groups of friends, family, and co-workers. Solo visitors to the cafe can enjoy gaming as a spectator sport but are also encouraged to hop onto the LFG (Looking for Group) station where fellow solo gaming comrades can be found.

Since opening in 2016, the cafe has earned a reputation as a welcoming, family-friendly space for those who want a shared gaming experience.  The cafe does not hold a liquor license (probably for the best as gaming can get competitive when friends battle it out) but they do offer enticing meal and snack choices that include vegan and gluten-free options.

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