Category: Bar & Cafe Reviews

includes bars, cafes, bakeries, deli’s, snack shops around the city.

FRESH PRESS COFFEE

#121-4940 No. 3 Road, Richmond Tel: (604) 787-3028 Web: https://www.facebook.com/FreshPressCoffeeBar Twitter: @FreshPressCafe Advice: Order at the espresso bar. Sometimes you find a gem of a café that is hidden off the beaten track and it becomes that spot where you trek…

Sebastian & Co

2425 Marine Drive, West Vancouver Tel: (604) 925-1636 Web: http://www.sebastianandco.ca/ Hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sebastian Cortez is a trained professional chef-turned-butcher who once worked for renowned Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy. Wanting to broaden his knowledge…

PAPPAROTI

1505 Robson St., Vancouver Tel: 604-336-2867 Web: www.papparoti.ca Twitter: @PappaRotiCanada Advice: Order at the espresso bar. Known all over Asia and the Middle East, this is their first location in Canada, the café opened recently featuring their buttery, coffee-caramel coated…

BEYOND BREAD

3686 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 604-733-3931 Web: http://beyondbread.ca/ Twitter: @bbbcafe Advice: Check out their website for oven times for your favourite breads. Known for their outstanding breads, this artisan bakery and café is more than just bread. With a…

CAFFÉ CITTADELLA

2310 Ash Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-5909 Web: http://www.caffecittadella.com/ Twitter: @caffecittadella Advice: Make sure you have your coffee to stay that way you get a chocolate on the side. I have fond memories of a café I used to visit years ago…

MATCHSTICK COFFEE

213 East Georgia Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-336-0213 Web: http://www.matchstickcoffee.com/ Twitter: @MatchstickYVR Advice: Sit at the communal table and meet others. Known for their popular hip café and coffee roastery in East Van, the passionate owners have created yet another center of…

Merienda Bakeshop

UPDATED 11/30/18 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED   4172 Fraser Street, Vancouver Web: https://www.facebook.com/MeriendaBakeShop Twitter: @MeriendaBKSHP Tel: 604-872-1133 Merienda Bakeshop is a family-owned business that has been specializing in baking Filipino breads and pastries since 2012. They sell their products in their ship daily…

TIMBERTRAIN COFFEE

311 West Cordova Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 915-9188 Web: http://timbertraincoffeeroasters.com/ Twitter: @Timbertrain Advice: Communal tables for sharing. I am purist when it comes to coffee, consistent flavour profile matters when roasters open their own cafes. Enter Timbertrain founded by Kevin,…

TEMPER CHOCOLATE & PASTRY

2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver Tel: 604-281-1152 Web: http://www.temperpastry.com/ Twitter: @Temperpastry Advice: Join the line-up for delicious treats. Closed Monday. Every neighborhood needs an amazing patisserie café, Pastry Chef/Owner Steven Hodge recently opened the spot. Not only is it already…

GREENHORN CAFÉ

994 Nicola St. Vancouver Tel: 604-428-2912 Web: www.greenhorncafe.com Twitter: @greenhorncafe Advice: Open 7am-7pm daily. I love cafes that are situated in the centre of a neighborhood, they aren’t on the busiest streets nor accessible by transit, this cafe is a…

A Bread Affair

1680 Johnson Street (on Granville Island), Vancouver, BC (604) 514-2353 Advice:  Open Mon to Sun 7:30am – 7pm A Bread Affair is a family-owned business that has been specializing in baking handmade artisan breads since 2005. They recently opened this…

33 ACRES BEER LOUNGE

15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver Tel: 604 620 4589 Web: http://33acresbrewing.com/ Twitter: @33Acres Advice: Food Trucks parked in front change often, watch twitter for daily updates. Off the beaten track, on the edge of False Creek and close to Olympic…

THE FISH COUNTER

3825 Main St, Vancouver Tel: 604-876-3474 Web: http://thefishcounter.com/ Twitter: @thefishcounter Advice: Closed Mondays, no seats, stand-up counter for eating inside or take it to go. If you have been following the sustainability seafood movement locally in recent years, then you…

Meinhardt Fine Foods

3002 Granville St, Vancouver Phone: (604) 732-4405 Web: http://www.meinhardtfinefoods.com/ Advice:  Open Mon to Sat 8am to 9pm, Sun 9am to 8pm Nearly two decades after opening its doors in Vancouver’s stylish South Granville shopping district, Meinhardt Fine Foods is welcoming…

XOXOLAT

UPDATED 7/30/18 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED   1271 Homer St, Vancouver Web: http://www.xoxolat.com/ Twitter: @Xoxolat Advice: Monday to Saturday 10:30am – 6:00pm, Sunday Noon – 5:00pm For years Kitsilano was home to Xoxolat, this fall, Owner, Hodie Rondeau relocated her chocolate store to Yaletown,…

Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie St, Vancouver Phone: (604) 684-0445 Web: http://www.marquis-wines.com/ Twitter: @MarquisWineCell Advice:  Open 11am-9pm daily. This fall Owner John Clerides unveiled his new wine store after close to a year of construction that doubled the size of the existing store….

ROSEMARY ROCKSALT

1669 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver Tel: (604) 929-1817 Web: http://www.rosemaryrocksalt.com/ Twitter: @RoseRocksalt Advice: Bagel varieties change often, seasonal bagels offered. With her father’s reigning bagelry business thriving, daughter Parise Siegel took the same bagel recipe rolling to upper Lonsdale. The…

BOCA

1513 West Broadway, Vancouver Tel: 604 620 1262 Web: www.boca2go.ca Twitter: @boca2go Advice: No reservations, limited seating. As a fan of Latin American food, I love the different flavours and dishes from all of the South American countries, Boca offers…

EAST CAFÉ

2401 E Hastings Street, Vancouver Tel:  (604) 559-6400 Web: https://www.facebook.com/TheEastCafe Twitter: @theeastcafe Advice: Free wifi The view from the inside looks out onto the hub of the East Village neighborhood, where on the inside the café is bustling with all those…

PLATFORM 7

2331 East Hastings Street, Vancouver Tel: 604.428.1455 Web: http://platform7.ca/ Twitter: @Platform7Coffee Advice: Free wifi, has  Gluten-Free goodies as well. As a purist of finding the best espresso, I am always searching to try new coffee roasters as well as cafes locally and…

The Market at Giovane

1038 Canada Place, Vancouver Tel: 604-695-5501 Web: www.giovanecafe.com Twitter: @GiovaneCafe Advice: open same hours as the cafe. This past summer Executive Chef Darren Brown and his team at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel added a gourmet food market inside their Giovane…

RAILTOWN CAFÉ

397 Railway Street, Vancouver Tel: 604.428.0800 Web: www.railtowncafe.ca Twitter: @RailtownCafe Advice: Avoid the 12-1pm lunch hour rush. Sit at the communal table if dining solo. Hidden in the heart of Railtown which is off the beaten track just East of…

LOST AND FOUND CAFÉ

33 W Hastings Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 559-7444 Web: https://www.facebook.com/lostfoundcafe Twitter: @LostFoundCafe Advice: Free wifi, ask the staff for the code. Watch the event board and their twitter for upcoming events. Over the years I have visited well over a…

CHEZ CHRISTOPHE

4712 Hastings Street, Burnaby Tel: 604-428-4200 Web: www.christophe-chocolat.com Twitter: @Chez_Christophe Advice: Closed Sunday and Monday Having had a sweet tooth since childhood, I have always searched out the patisseries and pastry chefs who run them as I’ve travelled around the…

MYGOODNESS! GLUTEN FREE

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 235 East Broadway, Vancouver Tel: 604-876-8878 Web: http://www.mygoodnessglutenfree.com/ Twitter: @mygoodnessgf Advice: No seats, call for days open. For many who either have wheat allergies or are seeking gluten-free baked goods had been hard to find…

THE MIGHTY OAK

198 West 18th Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 604-558-0722 Web: www.TheMightyOak.ca Twitter: n/a Advice: Closed Monday. Off the beaten track, hidden away in the heart of a neighborhood is this small café on the corner. Inside you will find an espresso bar…

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