When touring a large city like Vancouver, nothing is more deserving than taking a small coffee break. There's quite a few neighborhoods to discover for anyone with a sweet tooth or the fashionable bruncher. Here are some of the best places to try for that little treat you earned so badly:
Vancouver's most beloved neighborhood is a great area to enjoy a morning coffee or an afternoon sweet. We spent a few mornings here and now let's reveal our favorites:
If you're looking for a light breakfast to start your day, head to Nelson the Seagull or The Birds & The Beets. Both options were among the best we tried. The avocado toast at Nelson the Seagull is to die for, especially since their sourdough is baked in-house every day. Don't forget to add two poached eggs.
Sometimes it's hard to pick just one, but we must admit that our favorite café in Vancouver is Revolver. Their coffee is excellent and we enjoyed watching the baristas prepare the filtered coffee before our eyes as it's brewed with precision.
Located a few blocks down is another great option at Prado Café. This café is a comfy spot that lights up with large windows as you savor a good coffee. It's also a great place if you're looking to get some work done on your laptop.
If coffee is not your thing and you would rather wake up to a freshly squeezed juice with ingredients that are hard to pronounce (but healthy for you) then make a quick stop at Nectar Juicery. The juices are organic and served in beautiful glass bottles.
Just a few doors down is Purebread, a popular bakery among tourists and locals alike. We arrived here early one morning and we luckily had an ample amount of time to choose from their vast selection of pastries. Consult the pictures below to see the quantity of pastries to devour!
A little further out of Gastown, but still worth mentioning, is the ever so popular Bella Gelateria. Many awards are showcased around the store for their famous gelato and the constant lineups will evoke your curiosity. It might even justify the price of their gelato because it's that good! Soft Peaks is a great spot in Gastown to fulfill your ice cream craving as they serve unique soft-serve flavors.
Chinatown is a large neighborhood and great for food and culture. A highly recommended café is Matchstick Coffee Roasters. Head over here and enjoy a pour-over of fresh roasted coffee and the best almond croissants. Another one of our Vancouver favorites is Pazzo Chow, a little Italian-inspired counter where you can find homemade ice cream and pasta. Our personal favorite is their Focaccia with Nutella spread. Don't knock it until you try it!
Arbutus Coffee is a charming coffee shop in Kitsilano and one of our favorites on this entire list. There's a great laid-back attitude here that offers an excellent choice of coffees and baked goods. It's actually nice to stop here after a leisurely morning walk in this part of town.
One of the best bakeries in the city is found near Granville Island called Beaucoup Bakery. It topped our list of favorite bakery in Vancouver as well. The Kouign Amman is a must try and so are their croissants. If you're craving ice cream, then Rain or Shine is a great option. Try to opt for their taco ice creams on Taco Tuesdays!
Sweettravelers tip: There are many other options on W 4th Ave as you can take a nice walk and enjoy the many shops, food and coffee.
If you can make your way from Kitsilano to Granville Island, don't forget to try the famous Lee's Donuts. Since the trek between both neighborhoods can easily be done in one day, indulging on these great donuts are a must while visiting the island.
Rain or Shine
MAIN STREET/MOUNT PLEASANT:
We made this neighborhood our home for a week during our visit. Main street is such a great area to take a nice walk. There are many cool vintage shops, restaurants and coffee shops to choose from. We discovered quite a few great places here. Federal Store was located down the street from our airbnb. It's a small convenience store that offers fresh bread as well as a great breakfast and lunch selection. A great place for coffee is 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters & Lucky's Donuts. It's a great spot that combines excellent coffee and very tasty donuts. We came here on our only rainy day in Vancouver (a rare occurrence apparently) to warm up and indulge.
A little further down and off Main Street is the quaint Le Marché St George. It's hard to explain how lovely this place was. It's a rather small space with limited indoor seats, but it's worth going off the beaten path. A stop at Earnest Ice cream is a must stop, since their ice cream is very well-known and delicious.
There are countless possibilities of hot spots to visit and if we had more time we would have explored them all. Until next time!
Le Marche St George