For many of us grabbing a cup of coffee has become a daily ritual, some people can’t even get through the day without one. Thankfully, Vancouver is dotted with an array of coffee shops that not only provide a suitable caffeine fix but are also dedicated to making the perfect cup of joe, whether that be a well-made expresso, locally-roasted pour over, drip, or an Americano.
Obviously, the coffee served and poured is a vital factor when deciding upon a coffee house to frequent, however, it’s not the only one. Indeed other factors come into play, like a welcoming space to sit, unwind, and or study.
Featuring excellent espresso, drip and filtered coffee drinks, rotating menus, and inviting nooks, here’s our list on where you can find Vancouver’s best coffee shops.
Locally-roasted coffee beans, passionate baristas, and a modern and inviting interior (with seats imitating the inside of a passenger car), make Gastown’s Timbertrain a must-visit destination for coffee lovers.
Address: 311 West Cordova Street
It’s no secret that 49th Parallel is one of Vancouver’s most beloved coffee shops. Not only does the Vancouver-based coffee roaster offer great-tasting espresso drinks but it also provides a welcoming space for their patrons to enjoy them in.
Address: 2902 Main Street
Address: 2198 West 4th Avenue
With exposed brick walls, rugged wood flooring, and a relaxed atmosphere, Revolver is a great spot to enjoy a caffeinated beverage. Serving excellent espresso, drip and filtered coffee drinks, this Gastown coffee house features a rotating menu of their favourite coffees from world-class roasters around North America, including San Francisco, New York, Calgary and Halifax.
Address: 325 Cambie Street
Elysian Coffee currently operates three locations here in Vancouver (7th & Ontario, Broadway & Ash, Fifth & Burrard). While each branch possesses its own a distinct feel, all three provide a welcoming space for patrons to kick-back and savour a well-made drink, from knowledgable and dedicated baristas.
Matchstick Coffee has two outposts in Vancouver, which serve a variety of espresso-based drinks, such as macchiatos, lattes, cappuccions, and Americanos. Patrons who visit these bright and airy coffee shops are guaranteed a great cuppa. As well as a drinks menu, Matchstick also offers a range of tempting baked goods, which are made-in-house daily.
Address: 213 East Georgia Street
Address: 639 East 15 Avenue
Phone: 604 558 0639
Coffee lovers and cycling enthusiasts alike will appreciate Musette Caffe. Not only are the downtown and Chinatown locales decked out with bike paraphernalia but they also serve up excellent espresso, using beans from Vancouver’s own 49th Parallel.
Address: 1262 Burrard Street
Address: 75 East Pender Street
Cleverly designed to resemble a Victorian-era London train station, this East Hastings Street café provides its patrons with quality espresso-based drinks, baked goods and sandwiches. Sit for hours in Platforms 7’s lovely surrounds, while nibbling away on delicious house-made treats.
Address: 2331 East Hastings Street
Great tasting coffee and a vibrant atmosphere is what you can expect when you drop by Prado Café. For the coffee connoisseur, Prado Café offers fresh drip coffee, slow brew, espresso, cappuccinos, flat whites, and lattes, using only a fine selection of beans that are direct-trade, in-season coffee from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters.
Address: 1938 Commercial Drive
Address: 100 West Hastings Street
Curating a weekly changing roster of coffees from across Canada, including Victoria’s Fernwood Coffee and Calgary’s Phil & Sebastian, Bump n Grind is the ultimate coffee destination. With two clean and inviting spaces in Vancouver, both accented by strong wooden accents, Bump n Grind is the perfect spot to grab a coffee, read the paper or catch up with friends.
Address: 3010 Granville Street
Address: 916 Commercial Drive
If you’re serious about coffee, you’re going to love Milano Coffee Roasters. The Vancouver-based company, which is a fervent supporter of small farm estate, fair trade and certified organic coffees, serves top quality brews and blends, in all three of its locations (West 8th, Gastown, Denman). Milano’s drinks menu features espresso, pourover, drip and French press.
This Gastown social enterprise and coffee nook not only sources and roasts their own beans, but they are also operated by the PHS Community Services Society. In addition to offering an adorable space to savour a hot beverage, East Van Roasters has been designed to provide training and employment to the women residents of the Rainier Hotel.
Address: 319 Carrall Street