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Four Cool Kamloops Hangouts

Guest post by Samantha Desouza.

Are you headed to Kamloops? Want to check out some great hidden gems that locals love?  Kamloops  has its own impressive and unique music and food scenes. Keep reading to learn about the best hot spots typically only frequented by the hipper locals!

Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto is known for its live music on the weekends. They host local as well as out-of-town bands from almost all genres from Thursday through Saturday. This month you can check out The Supersuckers’ 30th anniversary tour or go a little more contemporary with BC cover wizards Jon Bos Band.


The Commodore
Right in Downtown Kamloops, the Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge is a good place to relax and enjoy your evening after a long drive into Kamloops. Its brick wall, hanging chandeliers and an elaborate and well-lit bar gives this spot a unique, classy feel. Through the summer they have a patio to take in the sun and enjoy chilled beers. This place is not just known for its food but also a mix of live music from various genres like jazz, classic rock as well as DJ sets.

Zack’s Coffee.

If you are looking for a rustic & relaxed summer hangout and just want to sip on some tea or coffee while enjoying an acoustic set, we suggest you try out Zack’s Coffee on Thursday!  Every Thursday night they have an improv Jazz Jam, where everyone is welcome and they even provide the instruments.

Jacob’s Noodle & Cutlet
For all of you out there who just want a great meal with some warm sake, try out Jacob’s Noodle & Cutlet. They serve a mix of Korean and Japanese food (not sushi!). This is probably one of the most underrated places in Kamloops. It’s a family-run restaurant and you can enjoy your meal in a quiet and laid-back atmosphere. They also showcase some local beers from micro-breweries like Red Collar Brewing!

Tiger Ramen
Honestly, if you’re into ramen, this is the ultimate Kamloops destination for you. Tiger Ramen is a tiny place, neatly tucked away in the parking lot across Save On Foods. Most often you have to wait a while to get a table, but it’s definitely worth it.. You can enjoy your authentic, homemade ramen while chatting with locals and the very approachable chef!

We hope you get a chance to visit some of these places on your next visit to Kamloops and don’t forget to send us your suggestion and pictures!