Monthly Archives: November 2012

Coffee, Tea or Meet

I end up visiting a lot of cafés and teahouses in Vancouver because I meet a lot of people – and I frequently meet with them in fun places that serve delicious drinks.  Here’s my list of cafés, coffee bars, and teahouses to meet and greet in the city:

  1. 49th Parallel, 2902 Main St. Vancouver, BC Canada V5T 3G3 – Opened summer 2012, beautiful décor and my iced decaf skinny latte was made perfectly every single time.  Electrical outlets next to the long table (on the right as you walk in) are handy.
  2. Mink Chocolate Café, 863 West Hastings Street  Vancouver, BC V6C 3N9 – Known for its super-cute and delicious mini chocolate bars, the rich drinking chocolate is an indulgence.  London Fog is quite nice too.
  3. Finch’s Tea & Coffee House, 353 West Pender Street  Vancouver, BC – On the corner of Pender and Homer, seating on the raised platforms by the windows are always popular.  Delicious masala chai (and their house salad with blue cheese, pear, walnuts, and white balsamic dressing is very yummy).
  4. Après-Midi Teahouse (changing its name to Gastown Tea Company), 1 Gaoler’s Mews, Vancouver, BC V6B 4K7 – Tucked away in a mews behind Carrall and Water Streets, this place serves the most amazing iced teas.  Enjoy the exposed brick walls, high-ceiling, and cute window-box seating and be helped by really friendly staff.
  5. Coffeebar, 10 Water Street  Vancouver, BC V6B 1A4 – Delicious coffee and open late.  The staff are friendly and accommodating here – I hosted a 12 person meeting here one evening.
  6. Nelson the Seagull, 315 Carrall Street, Vancovuer, BC V6A 0A7 – Cute country-kitchen décor, friendly staff, and deliciously yummy coffee and food.  Popular place with not a lot of seating – arrive early and stake your place.
  7. Revolver, 325 Cambie Street  Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7 – Awesome interior design with copper piping, wood tables, and flask-like drip coffee makers.  I feel bad asking for decaf at this place because I feel like they really take coffee seriously (but no actual need to feel bad, they do serve decaf!)  Not a lot of seating, arrive at the right time and nab a booth or a seat by the window and people-watch.
  8. Bean Around The World, 175 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4 – Kitty corner to Victory Square, gets great sunlight (when it’s sunny) in the afternoon.  Loungey seats by the corner window are fun.  Often have special coffee flavours.  Service always seem to be really slow, usually with only two staff (one on the till, one making coffee), but I like it here.  It has a friendly, neighbourhoody atmosphere.
  9. JJ Bean (Woodwards), 146 West Cordova Street  Vancouver, BC V6B 1E4 – Tucked inside the courtyard of the Woodwards complex, reliable coffee.  Fun, high-level seating and beautiful wood décor.  Busy in the mornings.
  10. Milano, 36 Powell Street  Vancouver, BC V6B 2J1 – Another place that feels very serious about their coffee.  Feels like they are at the eastern fringe of Gastown.  Sharp, slick décor.
  11. Chai Lounge / East is East, 4433 Main St – Hands down the best and only place to get real, spicy chai tea.
  12. Elysian Coffee, 590 West Broadway  Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E9
  13. Kafka, 2525 Main Street  Vancouver, BC V5T 3E5
  14. Caffe Artigiano
  15. Urban Tea Merchant
  16. Prado
  17. Turks
  18. Marché St. George
  19. Wilder Snail
  20. Everything Café