As one of Vancouver’s biggest coffee lovers, I felt it was fitting to curate a list of the best coffee shops to check out when you’re in need of a time-stopping cup of joe.
From Commercial Drive to Gastown to Coal Harbour, this city is stacked with stellar craft roasters and purveyors of amazing local, national, and international beans.
Please don’t tackle this list all at once – a caffeine overdose would almost definitely ensue – but be sure to check each spot off and grab a piping hot cup of coffee or espresso at these awesome spots in the city.
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Prototype offers patrons “unique, beautiful, and traceable coffees” that are roasted on owner Matt Johnson’s Aillio Bullet R1. The 883 E Hastings Street spot is located in Strathcona close to the Downtown Eastside.
Address: 883 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Their There is brought to us by the same folks behind ultra-cool eatery AnnaLena. Aside from having a killer atmosphere in the heart of Kits, the new spot offers a delicious selection of breakfast sandwiches, lunchtime eats, and baked goods along with amazing coffee.
Address: 2042 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
The coffee menu at The Garden features organic, fair trade beans from Agro Roasters. This spot’s espresso-based drinks use Agro’s Equinox Espresso blend, which they offer alongside smoothies, toasts, salads, and more.
Address: 868 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Not a shop, not really a stand, but an AMAZING coffee window. Iktsuarpok serves up a killer matcha latte and espresso-based drinks using Moving Coffee beans from its hole-in-the-wall location. There is no public seating here, but that hasn’t stopped the coffee community from checking out the buzz-worthy new place.
Address: 30-425 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Spade has become a Commercial Drive staple. This Italian-inspired coffee shop by day, tapas and wine spot by night serves up 49th Parallel Coffee and some amazing food (Italian nachos, please). Grab yourself a coffee and one of their Breakfast Sammy’s — you won’t regret it.
Address: 1858 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
With a new HQ and roastery in Railtown, Pallet is now six locations strong. This brand offers excellent specialty coffee and good vibes at each outpost.
Address: 323 Semlin Drive, Vancouver
Address: 2002 W Broadway, Vancouver
Address: 3820 Oak Street, Vancouver
Address: 1398 Kingsway, Vancouver
Address: 980 Howe Street, Vancouver
Address: 395 Alexander Street, Vancouver
With several locations in Vancouver, Prado is a fast-growing mini-chain that still maintains that local coffee shop vibe. Their food and baked goods are all made in-house, and they brew a mean coffee that’ll keep you wired for hours.
Address: 1938 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Address: 100 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Address: 4208 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Address: 1809 Fir Street, Vancouver
Address: 117 Water Street, Vancouver
Address: 3 Civic Plaza, Surrey
Nemesis opened up in 2017, and from that time it has managed to establish itself as the definition of coffee culture in Vancouver. Stop by Nemesis if you want some amazing coffee from around the world, great food, and some great hip-hop records put on repeat. Pro tip – no outlets here, come for the coffee and not to write that novel.
Address: 302 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
There is nothing that can be said about Revolver that hasn’t been said before. Revolver is what all coffee shops in Vancouver have in some way modelled their motif around. They are the Vancouver landmark known around the world for their amazing coffee.
Address: 325 Cambie Street, Vancouver
This roaster/coffee shop has established itself in Gastown. When you walk in, prepare to be overwhelmed with the selection of amazing coffee from either their slow bar or their drip bar – if you’re in luck, they’ll have a nitro cold brew ready to go. Whatever you choose, you’ll walk out with their famously good coffee. You can also get some of the offerings at Depot, their sister cafe on the other side of town, .
Address: 311 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Two words: Butter. Espresso. Okay – I don’t think you heard me: BUTTER ESPRESSO! This hidden gem in the heart of Yaletown is not only a great place to grab an Americano with its unique butter espresso, but it’s also inside a clothing store, so you can do a little bit of shopping while waiting for your coffee.
Address: 1144 Mainland Street, Vancouver
If you haven’t heard of 49th Parallel, then you’ve never been to Vancouver, because every coffee-drinking Vancouverite knows the friendly coffee giant that is 49th Parallel. With three locations around the city, you can be sure that anytime you stop by one of their shops you can get a standardly delicious cup of coffee, and also you can grab a Lucky’s doughnut, which is just heavenly.
Address: 2902 Main Street, Vancouver
Address: 689 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Address: 2198 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A local coffee roaster that has set itself up nicely in Kitsilano and a few locations in and around the downtown core. There’s a perfect balance of fruity flavours in their coffee that any coffee aficionado would like.
Address: 590 W Broadway, Vancouver
Address: 1778 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 2301 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Address: 1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver
With multiple gold awards from coffee experts around the world, Milano Roasters espresso is world renowned and conveniently located in Vancouver (in four locations including Turks). With a wide array of espressos to try, you can be sure to find the right espresso for you.
Address: 156 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 36 Powell Street, Vancouver
Address: 849 Denman Street, Vancouver
As it says in the name, this is the coffee bar. Stop by here for a cup of coffee, a nice pastry, and to just hang out in general. Grab yourself some 49th Parallel coffee and relax when you get here.
Address: 10 Water Street, Vancouver
A coffee bar that now has two locations: one at a prime location in the heart of Gastown and the other on bustling Robson Street. Serving up 49th Parallel and a mean Spanish latte, this spot has got to be on a coffee lovers’ to-do list.
Address: 356 Water Street, Vancouver
Address: 579 Robson Street, Vancouver
This is the marriage of bread and coffee, or the marriage of baked goods and coffee, or just delicious desserts and coffee…seriously, go try their food. They also have phenomenal local roasters on the bar at all times working at their outposts in Yaletown and South Granville.
Address: 1088 Homer Street, Vancouver
Address: 3070 Granville Street, Vancouver
This Toronto-based shop opened up with a bang, introducing a concept of a coffee shop/school to the city. Quantum gives patrons the ability to take classes at Brainstation. They also have the coolest pour-over machine that is fully automated.
Address: 455 Granville Street, Vancouver
This coffee shop in Chinatown serves up some of the most delicious coffees from around Canada, including Phil and Sebastian, Anchored Coffee, Detour, Pilot, and a plethora of others. You’re certain to find the coffee that best suits your tastes here.
Address: 209 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Modus has managed to create a great name for themselves in the coffee industry in the city. The Mount Pleasant spot offers coffees that are straightforward and uncomplicated along with a selection of baked goods. Worth checking out, that’s for sure.
Address: 112 W Broadway, Vancouver
Matchstick is slowly growing into a family operation among chains. Serving up their own coffee, you can guarantee that they have a standard of excellence that can’t be beaten. Matchstick’s cafes serve as a community for good food and excellent coffee.
Address: 639 E 15 Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 213 E Georgia Street, Vancouver
Address: 4807 Main Street, Vancouver
Address: 1328 Richards Street, Vancouver
Address: 1305 Davie Street, Vancouver
Serving up stellar Modus Coffee, this Main Street shop is in a great location, and you can be sure that they will serve you coffee right. Popular among students, musicians, and anyone that loves coffee and baked goods, this cafe has now recently reopened after some serious renovations.
Address: 245 E Broadway, Vancouver
One of the best shops in Coal Harbour for a couple of reasons. The location is right off Harbour Centre, so you can grab your coffee to go and walk along the water. The coffee they use is from Australia, and anyone that knows coffee knows it’s ranked as the best in the world. Lastly, the food is made with the freshest of ingredients and are beyond high quality. All in all, the experience here is one you cannot turn down, and the same goes for their legendary sugar buns.
Address: Main Floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver