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The Best Coffee Shops In Vancouver

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur, an artist or worker looking for the perfect café to hang out in, or someone who enjoys high quality fare, you won’t be disappointed with selection of coffee shops and cafés that have a home in Vancouver. Here are some of the best.
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Revolver

Coffee and the experiences that should go along with it are the two things that Revolver is about. Every single cup of coffee at Revolver is made individually, only after it has been ordered, through various brew methods and from a rotating seasonal coffee menu featuring leading roasters around North America. Every coffee available on the menu (as well as many that are not) is put to the test every week in a blind tasting that determines whether or not it will be offered the following week. The perfect place for grabbing a quick bite with your artsy hipster friends, the café has cool decor like a map of the world made with metal nails and offers tasty pastries like coffee cakes and croissants. The place has two rooms for its guests to choose from, one side with four small tables lined up in rows, and the other with a community table where most people go to study and read. The service is truly outstanding, with staff going out of their way to make sure all guests are happy, so it’s no wonder Revolver is nearly always crowded.

Revolver, 325 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7, Canada, +1 604 558 4444

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Timbertrain Coffee Roasters

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s historical Gastown, Timbertrain Coffee Roasters raises the bar in quality coffee with its commitment to the fundamentals and the science of brewing perfection into each cup of coffee served. Timbertrain offers only the finest beans by selecting and sourcing green beans, trusting no one to the roasting process but themselves. Their slow bar encompasses their dedication to taste and flavor, and they brew their freshly roasted coffee beans with methodical, measured, and mastered technique. This slow and meticulous process is Timbertrain’s labor of love and sets them apart from the rest. The founders of Timbertrain, Peter, Jeff, and Min, shared a childhood fondness and wonder for trains, how they worked, and how trains transported people from one place to another, but more importantly, how trains brought people together, which inspired the name of the café. Timbertrain is the realization of the founders’ shared childhood dream of bringing people together and building community through their newfound passion for coffee. The café space is gorgeous, with wide windows that fill the place with natural light, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and booths in the back that resemble ‘caboose’ seating so guests feel like they are on a train. Patrons love that they can get free refills of hot water as much as they want without having to ask and a free cup of coffee with every purchase of a bag of Timbertrain’s roast, there’s also self-serve sparkling water available, and food is half price an hour before closing on Sundays. You won’t want to miss out on the matcha green tea Belgian waffles, almond croissant, delicious scones, and nitro cold brew perfect for those hot summer days.

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters, 311 W Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4K2, Canada, +1 604 915 9188

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Finch’s Tea & Coffee House

One of the most popular lunch stops in Downtown Vancouver, Finch’s Tea & Coffee House, is known for its beautiful lattes and sandwiches, warm chewy cookies, and vintage atmosphere. The rustic interior filled with antiques from the table lamps to the mirror and plants on the walls, as well as the mismatched tables and chairs, make Finch’s Tea & Coffee House the perfect place to have a latte and catch up with a friend, go on a cute little day date, or just grab a quick bite to eat. All of the coffee and espresso served at the café is fairtrade and organic, and they also serve chai and many fine loose teas all made using purified water. Cakes, scones, pain au chocolat, and cookies are always made using free-range eggs and organic ingredients wherever possible. The Pear Baguette, with creamy blue brie, salty prosciutto, roasted walnuts, oil, vinegar, and slices of juicy pear artfully stuffed between slices of a soft baguette, is to-die-for, as are many of the other incredible fresh baguette sandwiches. The salads and homemade soups are also quite spectacular, they’ve got self-serve lemon water and cucumber water at the pick up counter, and there’s free wifi for the workaholics. If you want a seat, it’s best to get there early because the place does get crowded quickly with lines going out the door, and you can also call ahead to place your order if you want to save some time.

Finch’s Tea & Coffee House, 353 W Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1T3, Canada, +1 604 899 4040

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Molli Café

A Mexican-inspired coffee shop located in Davie Village, Molli Café showcases some of the best Mexican food that can be found in the Central Mexican Plateau. The folks at Molli Café understand the products and limitations of making Mexican cuisine in Canada, and they possess knowledge of the necessary techniques and the execution of them. Thus, their menu is small yet well-executed, made with high quality local products and organic meats whenever possible. Molli Café truly believes in respect for the product and high attention to detail, which is why the menu is developed in this way, but this does not limit the possibilities of creating new combinations. Set in a Mexican cafeteria-style shop with bright, huge ceilings, large windows, and a relaxed ambience, Molli Café offers authentic tortas, tacos, Mexican drinks, organic coffee, and pastries. The pastries are baked in house, and the coffees are organic and locally roasted coffees by Moja. The owners are some of the sweetest and friendliest people you’ll meet, and many of the café’s patrons have become regulars after trying the delicious cheesy mollete breakfast topped with homemade salsa, slow-braised duck taco, the loose leaf tea brewed in a glass teapot, spicy chocolate chip cookies, flaky buttery sweet banderilla, conchas, or pollo torta, just to name a few favorites. Visitors also love the full cappuccino machine, Agua de Jamaica, lamb soup on Saturdays, and free wifi until 11am.

Molli Café, 1225 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Z5, Canada, +1 604 336 6554

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East Van Roasters

Inside the Rainier Hotel is East Van Roasters, the newest non-profit social enterprise to come out of the PHS Community Services Society. Designed to provide training and employment to the women residents of the Rainier Hotel, East Van Roasters creates organic ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolates and coffees that are both roasted and prepared onsite. Delicious organic drinking chocolate and coffees, hand-rolled truffles, single-origin chocolate bars, and select pastries are all offered at the shop Tuesday through Saturday every week. Chocolate lovers find a paradise at East Van Roasters, thanks to incredible menu items like Mayan spiced drinking chocolate, gluten-free almond brownies, and tasting flights with three creamy squares of 75% dark chocolate sourced from cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic, Madagascar, and Peru. All espresso bar drinks, including the hugely popular Americano, are made with organic dairy, almond milk, or soy milk. Though the space isn’t large, there are cute chic single booths along the hallway, and guests can watch workers making all of the delectable treats behind the counter through the glass walls. The staff are all very friendly and helpful, and people love spending a relaxing evening at the shop drawing, writing, or reading. East Van Roasters also supplies freshly roasted coffee and cacao nibs, as well as wholesale prices to industry professionals and businesses.

East Van Roasters, 319 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1M9, Canada, +1 604 629 7562