Best Cafés (Coffee) in Vancouver

We, in the land of fresh mountain air and salty sea breezes, LOVE OUR JAVA. And apparently it is no longer a club secret. Recently named Vancouver as one of the world’s top 10 best cities for coffee.

With the sophistication of our beautiful, world-class city has come a revolution in what we expect from our coffee experiences. Appeal is not determined by brew alone. True coffee culture aficionados seek decor & design, ambiance, ethical sourcing, unique brewing techniques, quality baked goods, and of course basics like cleanliness and good service.

The following exclusive selections include ONLY spots that hit the mark high in each category. Artigiano and JJ Bean are also solid options for great coffee, but aren’t listed below because of their vast number of locations. View Artigiano’s locations here, and JJ’s here.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in Downtown Vancouver

With so many java options at our fingertips, here’s a list of downtown Vancouver's very best coffee shops.

Nemesis Coffee

302 W Hastings St | $$ | Coffee House and Kitchen

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It's tough to find great food and coffee under the same roof in Vancouver's downtown core, unless you're at Nemesis, the newest coffee house and kitchen in town. This bright, 40-seater space is run by a passionate young crew of espresso lovers, seven of them to be exact. Their beans are sourced from high-ranking roasters around the world and they make almond milk in-house. Vegan food options are slim, but the muesli (made with cashew milk) is seriously on point. Nemesis is as close to a Melbourne-style cafe as they get here in Vancouver.

Elysian (Burrard)

102-1100 Burrard St | $$ | Coffee House

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Elysian's newest location at Burrard and Helmcken offers their usual award-winning espresso, Nuez Almond Cashew milk (for arguably the best dairy-free latte in the city), house-made baking and neutral-toned minimalist decor. A small brunch menu is an added offering, featuring avocado toast plus your choice of toppings.

Bel Café

Bel Cafe Hawksworth

801 W Georgia St | 604-673-7000 $ | Coffee Shop

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The sister cafe to Hawksworth Restaurant (named after Chef David's wife Annabel), Bel Cafe serves 49th parallel espresso, house-baked pastries (croissants, Valrhona cookies etc.) and gourmet sandwiches (try the Roasted Eggplant with spiced chickpea, almond and gouda) and more. Full table service is in effect, alongside a slew of to-go items.


1059 Alberni St | 604-608-6780 $$ | Bakery

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Thierry is best known for their fine French pastries, but expert baristas and an organic, fair trade espresso blend, designed by Casa del Caffe’s Vincent Gentile, ensure consistently good coffee, too. Their beans are dry roasted to ensure freshness and a unique taste profile that’s strong and smooth with hints of chocolate, cinnamon and spice. Late night coffee drinkers will appreciate Thierry’s close time of 12am, and spiked drinks are available, too.

Café Medina

Cafe Medina Coffee Bar

780 Richards St | 604-879-3114 $$ | Belgian

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Consistently great espresso is one Cafe Medina’s secrets to success. With a coffee bar dedicated to lattes, waffles, and a to-go counter, skip the 20-person queue for quick access to caffeine. A top-of-the-line La Marzocco FB/80 can be credited for their perfect 49th Parallel coffees, as can their talented, coffee-obsessed baristas. Owner Robbie Kane says ultra-frequent bean deliveries and an “off-gassing” period (so the carbon dioxide can disperse from the beans) is another reason behind their extra special espresso.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in Gastown, Crosstown & Chinatown

Looking for the best cafes in Gastown, Crosstown or Chinatown? Here’s where you’ll find thoughtfully poured coffee served in well-designed spaces that reflect these funky 'hoods.

Buro Coffee

346 Water St | $$ | Coffee Shop

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Buro's iconic location at the entrance to Gastown is overflowing with natural light, raw wooden tables and some of the most carefully poured espresso drinks in the neighbourhood. This beautiful new concept comes to us from the owners of Coffee Bar (another Gastown hot spot), who use 49th Parallel beans at all their three locations. French pastries, banana bread, house-baked muffins and more are served, as well.

Coffeebar (Gastown)

Coffeebar Gastown Interior

10 Water St | 604-566-9693 $$ | Coffee Shop

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One of Gastown's most popular cafes serving properly pulled 49th Parallel espresso. Much of their baking is done in-house daily; other high-end items are sourced locally. Enjoy savouring your latte? You won't be hard-pressed to find a seat here, nor will you feel pressure to free up your spot quickly. And a wide variety of sandwiches, healthy snacks and free wifi mean it's a great spot to lounge all day long.

Milano (Gastown)

36 Powell St | 604-558-0999 $ | Coffee Shop

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Where Italians go for coffee. This is Milano's biggest and most stunning location serving master roaster Brian Turko's award-winning Italian espresso. He's a cream-of-the-crop artisan who's been perfecting his craft of blending espresso for decades.

East Van Roasters

East Van Roasters Chocolate Cafe

319 Carrall St | 604-629-7562 $ | Coffee Shop

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A charming coffee and chocolate cafe with a purpose: to provide training and employment to the female residents of the Downtown Eastside’s Rainer Hotel. One taste of their organic bean-to-bar chocolate and house-roasted beans, however, and you’d guess these were the utmost focus. Choose from drinking chocolate, hand-rolled truffles, single-origin chocolate bars, Faubourg pastries and more. And the space? Totally to die for.

Nelson the Seagull

Nelson the Seagull Gastown

315 Carrall St | 604-681-5776 $ | Lunch

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Beloved brother-and-sister-run cafe and sandwich shop decorated eclectically with vintage items. Jono and Lee’s huge, funky space is a regular spot to all walks of life who appreciate character. House-made almond mylk and locally-roasted Elysian beans are used to produce deliciously nutty lattes, and toast, croissants and chocolate peanut butter cups are just a handful of your snack options. Light lunch menu available too.

The Message Cafe

Musette Caffe Chinatown

75 E Pender St | 604-681-3115 $ | Coffee Shop

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A licensed, bike-friendly coffee bar decorated with the cycling memorabilia of owner Thomas Eleizegui. The menu features quality 49th Parallel espresso, lots of pastries, yogurt & granola, soups, a small European beer list and more.

Revolver Coffee

325 Cambie St | 604-558-4444 $$ | Coffee Shop

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The Giannakos brothers love coffee in a mad scientist kind of way. They spend lots of time tweaking, sipping, tasting and evaluating to ensure great tasting coffee every time. Though simple, this coffee program is precise, consistent and always using beans from world class roasters.

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters Cafe Gastown

311 W Cordova St | 604-361-3223 $$ | Coffee Shop

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A venture from three old friends who are passionate about the science of brewing perfection into each cup of coffee. Using their own beans roasted at a separate facility in Langley, Peter, Jeff and Min focus on slow bar brewing with a methodical and measured technique. This meticulous process is their labour of love. Snack-wise, they serve waffles and par-baked croissants that are finished in their modern, stylish space. Note: seating can be tricky to nab.

Matchstick (Chinatown)

Matchstick Chinatown Baking

213 E Georgia St | 604-336-0213 $ | Coffee Shop

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One of Vancouver's favourite local coffee roasters with a stunning space and an admirable goal: "to serve the absolute highest quality coffee that they can imagine." It's less of a focus, but I say their in-house baking is as delicious as their hand-crafted, single-origin coffees. As their cafe is often packed, seats can be hard to snag.

Prado Cafe (Gastown)

100 W Hastings St - OPENING SOON | $$ | Coffee Shop

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Four-time Canadian barista champion Sammy Piccolo's second Prado location is a go-to for the discerning coffee drinker. To ensure a perfect cup every time, he weighs the dry mass of the freshly ground espresso, times shots and uses an extract mojo refractometer regularly. A Fetco brewer is used for drip and almost all food items are made daily in-house. The gluten-free berry muffin is really decent.

Best Cafés (Coffee) on Main Street

Looking for the best coffee shops on Main Street? This funky area is home to an abundance of cafes, but these three spots outshine the rest with their beautiful spaces and dedication to perfectly crafted espresso beverages.

49th Parallel Roasters Cafe (Main St)

49th Parallel Coffee

2902 Main St | 604-872-4901 $$ | Coffee Shop

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Where "every coffee is meticulously cupped and carefully evaluated. No exceptions". This is 49th's pledge. Vince and Michael Piccolo endeavor to source the world's finest coffee beans and roast them to satisfy discerning palates. With house made, date-sweetened almond milk and dozens of Lucky's Doughnut flavours also on offer, 49th is one of Vancouver's most beloved cafes.


Kafka Coffee and Tea Interior

2525 Main St | 604-569-2967 $ | Coffee Shop

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Aaron Kafka and his team are serious about coffee and not much else. Three different brew methods are available: pour over, syphon and espresso. While you sip, enjoy the many art installations gracing the walls.

Momento (Great Northern Way)

577 Great Northern Way | 604-736-9900 $$ | Coffee Shop

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The Martin family loves coffee. They’re absorbed in all aspects of making it, from sourcing, playing with the grind, exploring brewing methods and developing their techniques. Their typical beans are roasted in Victoria by Bows & Arrows and the Hario pour-over coffee is their preferred method (though a full espresso based menu is available). This is their second location, just off Main Street, finished in 100 year old barn wood and hand made flooring.


2404 Main St | 604-568-5501 $ | Coffee Shop

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The hipster cafe of all hipster cafes (although new ownership has the place feeling a teensy bit more mainstream). Two of Gene's walls form an acute angle, creating one of the coolest shaped coffee house you've seen. Dogs are welcome inside, chill people hang out here all day long and the coffee is good.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in Cambie Village and Mount Pleasant

Cambie Village and Mount Pleasant may not be coffee "hot spots" per se, but these joints are sure to satisfy the most discerning of espresso connoisseurs.

Caffè Cittadella

Caffe Cittadella Exterior

2310 Ash St | 604-568-5909 $ | Coffee Shop

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Run by industry veterans, Caffe Cittadella is a surefire spot for that "perfect rendition" of your drink of choice...every single time. And regulars know this, hence the morning line-up. Gluten-free Eightfold Eats and To Die For loaves are two of the quality baked goods on offer.

Milano (Mount Pleasant)

Milano 8th Ave Interior

156 W 8th Ave | 604-879-4468 $ | Coffee Shop

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This is home-base for master roaster Brian Turko, who's been perfecting his craft for decades. He's a cream-of-the-crop coffee artisan who can take up to 12 coffee bean varietals and blend them into world class Italian espresso. With eight different espressos on-tap daily, Milano on 8th Avenue offers a tasting bar experience unlike any other in Vancouver.

Matchstick (Mount Pleasant)

Matchstick Cafe Mount Pleasant Location

639 E 15th Ave | 604-558-0639 $ | Coffee Shop

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One of Vancouver's favourite local coffee roasters with a stunning space and an admirable goal: "to serve the absolute highest quality coffee that they can imaging." It's less of a focus, but I say their in-house vegan baked goods options are as delicious as their hand-crafted, single-origin coffees. As their cafe is often packed, seats can be hard to snag.

Elysian (Mount Pleasant)

Mount Pleasant

2301 Ontario St | $$ | Coffee Shop

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This third cafe location from the folks of Elysian is also home base for their roasting and bakery operations.

The Federal Store

2601 Quebec St | $$ | Cafe and Market

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Daily house-made almond milk means these guys make a mean latte served in their absolutely adorable corner store/cafe.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in East Vancouver

Looking for the best coffee shops in East Vancouver? These cafes aren't only strong in the espresso department, they're beloved by their tight-knit community.

Agro Roasters

550 Clark Dr | $$ | Cafe / Roastery

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Hidden gem of a cafe located off-the-beaten-path on Clark Drive. High ceilings, whitewashed concrete floors and tons of light make Agro a dream spot to enjoy a delicious latte made with beans roasted on the spot, by owner Dusty himself. As for snacks, enjoy treats from small 'home-made style' bakeries East Village (gluten free) and To Die For Fine Foods (vegan options).

Pallet Coffee

323 Semlin Dr | 604-255-2014 $$ | Cafe / Roastery

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Born in 2014, this industrial-chic roastery cafe is focused on the quality and traceability of their beans. Before adding a new coffee to their line-up, it must pass the taste test through multiple cuppings. A small breakfast menu is available until 12pm on weekdays.

East Cafe

East Cafe East Van

2401 E Hastings St | 604-559-6400 $ | Coffee Shop

It feels great to support local, and even better support a duo as lovely as Eric and Tomo, the community-focused, coffee-connoisseurs behind East Cafe. Tomo does the baking in-house daily (aside from their banana bread, which comes from To Die for) and beans are sourced from West End Roasters. Light lunch options include soup and panini.

Ethical Bean (Hastings-Sunrise)

Ethical Bean East Vancouver

1315 Kootenay St | 604-431-3830 $ | Coffee Shop

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One-time guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, this local roaster is the fav of many and found at most grocery stores. The cafe (tucked away next to Bosa Foods off Boundary) is an coffee and snack oasis, serving La Grotta sandwiches, soup and more on the edge of East Vancouver.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in Yaletown

Small Victory

1088 Homer St | 604-899-8892 $$ | Bakery Cafe

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The only cafe in town offering coffee cream on tap...on "gold" tap, that is. This sparkly new space is home to a serious coffee program resulting in consistently awesome beverages that are made using a variety of beans from top roasters. Nuez Nut Mylk is a non-dairy option and cold pressed juice from Nectar is available on tap.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in Kitsilano & Point Grey

Some of Vancouver’s most famous cafes are found in Kitsilano. Naturally, the city’s best baristas gravitate to this neighbourhood. Here are some of the best coffee shops in Vancouver.

Thomas Haas (Kitsilano)

Thomas Haas Patisserie

2539 W. Broadway | 604-736-1844 $$ | Bakery

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Desserts found here are the work of perfectionists, trained by local pastry chef legend, Thomas Haas. Expect to be blown away -- and to wait in line.

49th Parallel Roasters Cafe (Kitsilano)

Luckys Doughnuts

2152 W 4th Ave | 604-420-4901 $$ | Coffee Shop

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The coffee is fantastic but so is their house-made almond milk sweetened with dates. Try a sip by itself -- you may want to buy it by the bottle (which unfortunately isn't available).

Elysian (West 5th)

Elysian Coffee Kitsilano

1778 W 5th Ave | 604-734-1778 $$ | Coffee Shop

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True experts at their craft. People who know good coffee come here. House made baking is nice, too.

Be Fresh Local Market by SPUD

1900 W 1st Ave | 604-568-7783 $$ | Market / Cafe

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Home of The Juice Box Almond Milk latte - heaven in a mug!

Best Cafés (Coffee) in Kerrisdale

Rocanini (Kerrisdale)

5631 W Boulevard | 604-428-5631 $$ | Coffee House

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Best Cafés (Coffee) on South Granville and Granville Island

Craving good coffee in the South Granville or Granville Island areas? Here's where you'll find the best espresso, poured by the most thoughtful baristas.

Beaucoup Bakery

Beaucoup Bakery Croissant and Coffee

2150 Fir St. | 604-732-4222 $ | Bakery

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With Jackie Kai Ellis at the helm, you can rest assured her coffee will be perfectly crafted like her desserts. She offers 49th Parallel in an intimate, French setting.

Cafe Bica

Cafe Bica Granville Island

1809 Fir St | 604-733-8818 $ | Coffee Shop


Charming spot serving Intelligentsia Coffee and made-from-scratch soups, salads and sandwiches. Organic and local is a focus. Eggs are organic, free-range from Maple Hill Farms.

Bump N Grind (South Granville)

South Granville Location

3010 Granville St | 604-569-3362 $ | Coffee Shop

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Bump N Grind is an independent coffee shop that uses beans from small roasters.

Best Cafés (Coffee) on Commercial Drive

Craving espresso on Commercial Drive? Here's a list of this iconic, coffee-loving street's best cafes.

Prado Cafe (Commercial Drive)

1938 Commercial Dr | 604-255-5537 $ | Coffee Shop

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Owned and run by four-time Canadian barista champion, Sammy Piccolo, Prado is a go-to for many discerning coffee drinkers. Here, the dry mass of the freshly ground espresso is weighed, shots are timed and and an extract mojo refractometer is used regularly to ensure espresso shots are perfect. A Fetco brewer is used for drip, which is never over 30 minutes old, and almost all food items served are made daily in-house.

Bump N Grind (Commercial Drive)

Bump and Grind Cafe Interior

916 Commercial Dr | 604-569-3362 $ | Coffee Shop

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Bump N Grind is an independent coffee shop that uses beans from small roasters.


1276 Commercial Dr | 604-255-5805 $ | Coffee Shop

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Turks Coffee House was the first Indie Coffee Bar on Commercial Drive. They serve local Milano Coffee.

Moja Coffee (Commercial Drive)

1102 Commercial Dr | 604-879-6652 $$ | Coffee Shop

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Best Cafés (Coffee) in the West End

Milano (West End)

849 Denman St | 604-681-1500 $ | Coffee Shop

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The Milano taste was developed from the skill of the 'torrefazzioni' - a secret method of roasting and blending, handed down from generation to generation.

Greenhorn Espresso Bar

Greenhorn Espresso Bar West End

994 Nicola St | 604-428-2912 $ | Coffee Shop

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Reminiscent of the soulful, hip cafes of Commercial Drive, this West Ender favourite has you thinking you've ventured far from busy downtown as you sip on artisanally-crafted Moja coffee. Perfection destination for Cappuccino lovers.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in North and West Vancouver

If you're looking for the best coffee shops in North or West Vancouver, head to one of these five glorious cafes and prepare to be delighted.

Coffeebar West Van Interior

Coffeebar's spacious second location is an ideal work environment with free wifi and plenty of well-lit seating. Thanks to 49th Parallel beans and well-trained baristas, you'll be one happy, caffeinated customer.


1495 Bellevue Ave | 604-922-2294 $$ | Coffee Shop

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The Giannakos family loves coffee in a mad scientist kind of way. At their seaside space, they spend lots of time tweaking, sipping, tasting and evaluating to ensure great tasting coffee every time. With six single-origin coffees from three world-class roasters (JJ Bean, Phil & Sebastian and Ecco Caffe), you simply can't not love Crema. Visit their downtown sister location, Revolver, for more of the same good stuff.

Moja Coffee (North Van)

1412 Rupert St | 604-983-6652 $ | Coffee Shop

This is Moja's home-base with a roastery in the back (expect that knee-weakening "fresh espresso' aroma) and a small cafe front. Since opening, this independently-owned roastery has made waves, earning themselves a reputation as one of the city's top roasters. And as the only cafe Thomas Haas will wholesale his famous croissants to, Moja's quality obviously extends to their baked goods selection, too.

Thomas Haas (North Van)

Thomas Haas hot chocolate and sparkle cookie

128-998 Harbourside Drive | 604-924-1847 $$ | Patisserie / Chocolaterie

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Despite being off-the-beaten-path, this tiny bakery cafe is packed just about every hour of every day they're open -- and expectedly so with a pastry chef like Thomas Haas at the helm. Try a double baked almond croissant with a smooth Moja latte. Heaven.

Temper Chocolate and Pastry

Temper Chocolate and Pastry Stumptown

2409 Marine Dr | 604-281-1152 $$ | Bakery Cafe

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Finally a truly excellent cafe and patisserie for West Van. With a patio out front, this is Dundarave's summer hot spot. Serving Stumptown Coffee and Pastry Chef Steven Hodge's high-quality creations, Temper is easily one of the city's most delicious cafe-style destinations.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in Burnaby

On the hunt for Burnaby's best coffee? These cafes on the Hastings strip will certainly fit the bill.

Caffe Artigiano (Burnaby)

Artigiano Hastings Interior

4359 Hastings St | 604-473-2180 $ | Coffee Shop

Residents of Burnaby rejoiced when Artigiano opened its doors on the Hastings strip. This trusted local coffee company sources beans for quality and character from reputable, unique farms around the world, and when roasting, impeccable attention is focused on achieving smoothness, acidity, complexity and sweetness. Above all, Artigiano’s goal is to serve coffees seasonally to boast their freshness.

Caffe Divano

Caffe Divano Latte

4568 Hastings St | 604-558-3011 $ | Coffee Shop

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Local, independent cafe serving artisan coffee & fresh baked goods.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in Squamish

Caffe Garibaldi

Caffe Garibaldi Squamish Adventure Center

38551 Loggers Ln | 844-427-4225 $ | Coffee Shop

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Within the Squamish Adventure Center, Caffe Garibaldi is an oasis for expertly-poured lattes (made with Moja Coffee beans), well-sourced baked goods (from To Die For and Faubourg) and gelato. Whether you're en route to Whistler or simply craving a relaxing morning breathing in crisp mountain air, spacious Garibaldi is an ideal spot.


Cedar Cottage is home to one of the cutest cafes in town. Here's where to find the best coffee in this charming, artsy, up-and-coming neighbourhood...

Le Marché St. George

4393 Saint George St | 604-565-5107 $ | Coffee Shop

Arguably Vancouver's most beloved independent cafe and general store owned and run by the talented Larsen family. Other than strong coffee, fresh-made crepes and well-sourced pastries, this French-inspired coffee shop sells a small selection of Janaki Larsen ceramics, textiles, locally-made edibles and more. Marble tables, dried hydrangeas and all the little details make Le Marche the most photogenic cafe in town.

Best Cafés (Coffee) in Ladner

Stir Coffee House

5085 48th Avenue | 604-940-8005 $ | Coffee Shop

Best Cafes (Coffee) in Richmond and Steveston

Rocanini (Steveston)

Rocanini Steveston Cafe

115-3900 Moncton St | 604-566-9266 $ | Coffee Shop

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