Cafes Vancouver and it’s History

It’s been 20 years since I co-wrote “Cafes Vancouver” with my brother Arthur Wolak. Back then the internet wasn’t like it is today, there were many printed guidebooks for food and such.

The coffee scene was humming along and at that point it was going strong, some new cafes were planting their roots and others like Starbucks were popping up all over the city.

Friends have been asking me lately if there are any places still operational that were in the book, here is a list to the best of my knowledge.

Downtown Vancouver

Caffe Artigiano – 1101 W. Pender Street

Coo Coo Coffee – 477 Davie Street

Delany’s on Denman – 1105 Denman Street

Java Cat Café — 515 Hamilton St

Mario’s Coffee Express – 595 Howe Street

Starbucks — 1099 Robson St

Starbucks — 1195 Mainland St

Trees Coffee -450 Granville Street

Urban Fare – 177 Davie Street

West Side

Blue Parrot Espresso Bar – Granville Island

JJ Bean – Granville Island

Kino Café -3456 Cambie Street

Max’s Deli – 3105 Oak Street

Meinhardt Fine Foods – 3002 Granville Street

The Naam –2724 West 4th Avenue

Solly’s Bagelry –2873 W. Broadway

Sophies Cosmic Café – 2095 West 4th Avenue

Starbucks – 3492 Cambie Street

Starbucks –1500 West 2nd Avenue

Terra Breads – 2480 West 4th & Granville Island

Tony’s Coffee – 805 W. Broadway

East Side

Abruzzo’s Cappuccino Bar – 1321 Commercial Drive

Caffe Calabria – 1745 Commercial Drive

Havana – 1212 Commercial Drive

JJ Bean –1904 Powell Street

Turk’s Coffee House – 1276 Commercial Drive

Uprising Breads Bakery – 1697 Venables Street

Outside of the city

Delany’s Coffee – 2424 Marine Drive, West Van

Delany’s Coffee – 3095 Edgemont Boulevard, North Van

Mount Royal Bagels – 701 Queensbury Avenue, North Van

Whitby’s Coffee House — 14829 Marine Dr, White Rock

Wendell’s Books and Café –9233 Glover Road, Fort Langley

The books are no longer in publication, but you can find them in some libraries around including at UBC.

By: Richard Wolak