An open-concept space, industrial fixtures, timber tables, polished concrete flooring, and lots of natural light create a warm and modern vibe at Porto Café. This 30-seat coffee shop is situated on the ground floor of real estate developer PortLiving’s condo block.
Located in Olympic Village (just off the Cambie Bridge), Porto Café is currently operating under its soft-launch hours. The grand opening is not actually scheduled until April 2016. Such a sizable soft launch phase will allow the team to refine their menu and operation, says Amanda Ho, spokesperson for Porto Café.
This phase also grants Emily Carr students and recent graduates time to craft an art installation, that they were invited to submit, and if chosen will be hung from café’s ceiling.
Keeping things casual, Porto Café serves a variety of espresso-based drinks, including macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas, which are made using beans from Vancouver’s own Pallet Coffee Roasters.
Wanting to cater to a non-coffee drinker crowd too, the Cambie Street locale offers a considered selection of tea, matcha lattes, London fogs, deliciously sweet Belgian hot chocolate, frappes, and smoothies.
Food wise, Porto Café features an assortment of baked goods, which are presented on cute little wooden boards, with in-built cup holders. Some treats are made-in-house, while others are brought in from local suppliers, like Cadeaux Bakery’s decadent London Fog cake. More substantial eats include a crave worthy avocado breakfast sandwich, meat loaded panini, and green salads.
The Cambie Street outpost is the first of many Porto Cafés to eventually pop-up around the city. Future PortLiving condo blocks will also feature the recently launched café brand.
Address: 2207 Cambie Street, Olympic Village
Hours: Monday to Friday 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.