When the weather is cold and dreary—cozy up at a quaint cafe where you can sip on a good cup of coffee, indulge in some sweet or savoury pastries and people watch.
You could always go to your local Starbucks or Tim Hortons, but check out these more independent coffee shops with a whole lot to offer.
Best Cafes In Vancouver
Breka Bakery & Cafe
With multiple locations across Vancouver, this joint is slowly taking over the city. Get freshly baked bread, sandwiches, soups or quiche. For pastries, they have a lot of options, from doughnuts and cookies to tortes and strudels. They even have cake. Plus, their Earl Grey shortbread is to die for. As for coffee, they have one of the best Americano’s in town. They also have lattes, flat whites, a selection of tea and specialty mochas, including one inspired by black forest cake. Check them out at 821 Denman, 818 Bute, 6533 Fraser, 855 Davie and 3750 West 4th Avenue.
Small Victory Bakery
An adorable spot in Yaletown at 1088 Homer Street and South Granville at 3070 Granville Street. They serve quality coffee, artisanal pastries and a selection of sandwiches in a bright and airy atmosphere. Dig into a millennial favourite, avocado toast with feta, pistachios and organic honey served on seeded whole wheat bread. They also bake fresh scones, served with jam (nothing beats that). For more savoury options, their lunch menu includes a corned beef sandwich and turkey BLT.
With craft espresso blends and housemade pastries—you can’t go wrong at this spot. The upscale cafe is nestled in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia Street. Menu items include cranberry orange honey scones, passion fruit coconut white chocolate cheesecake and the classic lemon meringue tart. For something more filling, they have roasted tomato soup, grilled chicken Banh Mi sandwich and a chicken bibimbap bowl.
49th Parallel Coffee & Lucky’s Doughnuts
Quality coffee and some of the best doughnuts—treat yourself! Their doughnut offerings include: earl grey lavender, maple pecan, lemon meringue, pb&j, creme brulee and an apple bacon fritter…need we say more? They’ve got locations at 689 Thurlow, 2198 West 4th and 2902 Main Street.
Nelson The Seagull
This trendy cafe can be found in Gastown. The bright spot is the perfect place to unwind solo or with friends over a cup of coffee and some tasty eats. They’re best known for their avocado toast with poached eggs on top, fresh bread, pastries and picnic boards. Find them at 315 Carrall Street.
Known as a hub for creators, this is the spot to bring your laptop and work while enjoying the ambience. Get yourself a macchiato, latte, mocha or even kombucha, if that’s more your speed. Get smashed avocado toast, duck sausage breakfast sandwich or a beef and squash hash. Check them out at 302 West Hastings Street.
Musette Cafe & Bar
A cafe for cyclists! This bike-friendly operation has a delicious selection of sandwiches, baked foods and drinks. They also air cycling races on their TV. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a cyclist to go here—it has some cool vibes regardless. Get their hummus flatbread with a cappuccino or americano misto. Check them out at 1325 Burrard Street.
Tartine Bread & Pies
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A coffee place that sells the most amazing pies. Get a slice with your cup of joe to get your day started on the right foot. Get a breakfast sandwich, all-butter croissants or an assortment of muffins. Their chai tea latte is also a must. For pies, they have a rotating menu of flavours which can include: raspberry rhubarb ginger, banana chai cream, key lime, blackberry apple crumble, sour cherry, maple apple and salted caramel. They have locations at 770 Beach and 1069 Davie Street.
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