Vancouver is just one of those Pacific Northwest cities that oozes laid-back charm from every pore and if you’re thinking about checking out the sights then one thing is for sure: you’ll need plenty of fuel to keep you going.
Thankfully, the locals love their coffee and as you might expect, there’s a wide range of cafés, houses and artisan stores offering all manner of ground and roasted goodies.
So, if you’re looking for the ten best coffee outlets in Vancouver, read on and add a little perk to your Pacific experience.
With a wide range of food on the menu as well as plenty of upstairs and ground floor space, Agro Café is perfect after a morning spent shopping amongst the artisan institutions of Granville Island. Local art work, friendly faces and fully licensed, this is much, much more than just ground beans.
Bump n grind
Situated on Commercial Drive and featuring a rich variety of Canadian coffee, this independent store is a firm fixture on the locals’ list and an honest to goodness café that leans towards take away rather than stay put. Great deli options, funky tunes as well as some pretty cool art installations make Bump n Grind a simple yet effective caffeine haven and well-worth a flying visit.
With several outlets across the city Caffe Artigiano is well-worth looking out no matter where you find yourself in Vancouver. Specialising in Italian style and taste this is a great place to come to if you’re hankering for great coffee, noisy (but friendly) staff and tasty titbits which is exactly what a typical Italian coffee house should be offering, right?
More like an art exhibition space than an actual coffee shop, Kafka’s can be found on Main Street and is well-known for its regular art events as well as some darn fine mugs of joe. Open until fairly late (10pm) during the week and using some pretty sophisticated methods of brewing (pourover, aeropress and syphon), it’s no wonder that this one is totally for the purists.
Situated at the corner of 7th Avenue and Ash Street, Caffe Citadella occupies a converted heritage house and is perfect on a sunny day thanks to a conveniently placed patio area. With a sneaky second level, vegan options and local roasts this is a real find if you’re hoping to compliment your caffeine fix with bucket loads of ye olde worlde charm.
Single origins on E 15 Avenue makes the visit to Matchstick totally worthwhile and if you’re looking for an organic and local bite to eat then this place really fits the bill. Clinical care and clean décor incorporating communal conversation is exactly what this community coffee parlour stands for and with a brew by the cup quality there aren’t many better options.
With a couple of coffee shops in Vancouver (Broadway & Ash and Fifth Ave) Elysian is ideal if you’re looking for an outdoor area to enjoy one cup drip coffee on a sunny day in Canada. Large portions of both pastries and beverages, means lots of the good stuff and although not much in the way of seating you’ll find a clean and expert dedication to coffee which is perfect if you’re on the go.
Raw brickwork, spot lights and awesome sandwiches all go towards making the Buzz a great little coffee shack especially if you find yourself on Homer Street in the Yaletown district. Strong coffee is always on the cards as is fine art as the Buzz can be found on the lower floor of the Harrison Gallery which all adds up to a sophisticated and special venue especially if you’re heading downtown.
Yeah, this place is pretty cool and with all drinks made on an individual basis as well as an ever-changing world beverage menu, you’ll pretty much find something fresh and new on every occasion that you’re strolling down Cambie Street in Gastown. Don’t be fooled by the slight pretence as staff are generally relaxed and friendly although there aren’t that many arm chairs and sofas to get cosy.
This pretty piece of happiness harks back to the old country and from the European style salads and truly enlightening Brie baguettes, you may as well be in Paris or Nice as West Pender Street in downtown Vancouver. Can get busy but then that’s a good sign, right? Outstanding food, great coffee and Continental service so make of that what you will.
Chris used to live in Vancouver and firmly recommends lazy days sampling the coffee and the cakes at the majority of the above venues.