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.

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-oriented, coffee-connoisseurs behind East Cafe. Tomo does all 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, paninis, egg sandwiches and frittatas.

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 easily accessible at most grocery stores. The cafe (tucked away next to Bosa Foods) is an coffee/snack oasis (they serve La Grotta sandwiches, soup and more) on the edge of East Van.

Basho Cafe

Basho Cafe Interior

2007 E Hastings St | 604-428-6276 $ | Restaurant Cafe

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A labour of love from the Kawai family, former owners of North Van's Kokoru Sushi. Inside their cozy space, you'll discover nearly everything is hand-made, from the pottery, the tea cozies (served with each latte), and even the furniture. Excellent (often matcha-infused) baking is a daily affair here, and Japanese-quality beans from "Hand Works Coffee" are fair, fresh, fungus-free. Japanese salads, sandwiches, and rice bowls are served at lunchtime.

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. Par-baked scones and croissants are finished in-house and a small breakfast is available until 12pm on weekdays.