Did you know that Thunder Bay was home to the first Robin's donuts? It launched here in 1975 and the chain has expanded to well over two hundred donut & coffee shops across Canada (and 28 in this city alone), competing quite well with the various coffee & donut giants to be the leading chain in Western Canada, according to a 2003 Marketing Magazine article, though the chain was recently bought by the Afton Food Group of Burlington, Ont (known for its 241 Pizza restaurants).
Thunder Bay doesn't really have a "coffee scene" like some bigger cities. We're a small town with a lot of comfortable neighbourhood places to just "go for a coffee." There tend to be clusters of shops in the downtown cores of Port Arthur (near the casino) which has a number of our top picks including Grinder's, Calico, and Great Northwest, and Fort William (near city hall), as well a smattering in the big box & mall shopping districts between the two (and close to the university).