Those looking to increase their caffeine intake (or those who simply want to find a new nook where they can stop and linger) will be happy to note that a cluster of cafes have cropped up recently in Vancouver.
Here are five new cafes in Vancouver to check out.
Owned and operated by sister-brother duo YaWei and Jerome Lin, The Taste and See Shop (formerly Innocent Coffee) in Fairview offers customers a welcoming spot to pop in and grab a well-made coffee. Straying away from conventional cafe operations, Innocent Coffee (who run operations Monday through to Friday) has partnered up with Moving Coffee, who host cupping and tasting events, barista workshops, and serve coffee on the weekends.
Address: 129 – 1628 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Porto Café is an inviting and spacious spot in Olympic Village. Keeping things casual, the coffee house, which opened back in February, 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. Also available, a range of edible delights, including the ever-popular avocado breakfast sandwich, house-baked choc chip cookies, and Cadeaux Bakery’s decadent London Fog cake.
Address: 2207 Cambie Street, Vancovuer
At 308 square feet, this tiny Yaletown addition flaunts an intimate setup, with only a handful of tables and chairs. Billed as a coffee bar that focuses on high quality micro-roasted coffee, The Dog and Squirrel showcases different beans from across Canada, as well as around the globe. You can expect to find an uncomplicated coffee menu and a divine brew here.
Address: 120 – 1058 Mainland Street (Inside “The Shops”), Vancouver
UPDATE 08/16: The Dog and Squirrel will be closing on August 13. Stay tuned to the cafe’s social media pages for their future location.
Elysian Coffee – The Burrard Hotel
Vancouver’s own Elysian Coffee added a fourth cafe location to their roster this year. Replacing the former Container Coffee at The Burrard Hotel, the unique space has allowed the popular local roastery to expand their offerings at the site. Taking care of the drinking and snacking needs, Elysian is the perfect place to start the day: grab a coffee and one of their moreish baked goods to-go.
Address: 102 – 1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver
JJ Bean– Downtown
This Downtown hangout occupies the generously windowed corner suite of the Labour Temple, a century-old building. With some exciting architectural charms and impressive marble features, JJ Bean’s 18th location is a desirable space to sit and linger. The menu at this location mirrors the others, so expect to find a range of caffeinated beverages, baked goods, sandwiches, and more.
Address: 425 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver