1. East Van Roasters | 319 Carrall St.
Social enterprise of the Portland House Society. Employs women of the DTES living in Rainier Hotel. In-house coffee roasting & chocolate making. Supplies chocolate to Faubourg and serves excellent coffee.
2. Lost and Found | 33 W. Hastings
Massive new space (2500 sq ft) on a philanthropic mission. Owner Kane Ryan lived in Mumbai for four years to build a school and clean up a community. He’s brought his travels back to Van and created The Dirty Wall Project Foundation. A retail section in shop features crafts made in third world countries – all proceeds go to the foundation. Republica Coffee is brewed, grandma-style baking is served.
3. Finch’s Market | 501 E. Georgia
The sister establishment to downtown’s popular Finch’s Tea and Sandwich shop. An adorable spot for an afternoon coffee serving their house-brand espresso (they make a great banana bread, too). In summer, borrow a lounge chair to sit outside and take in the day. Organic produce, dairy and bread sold here, as well.
4. Coffeebar West Van | 1695 Marine Dr.
Just what this neighborhood needs. Nearby Crema is fantastic but often busy. It’s nice to have another option. Coffeebar serves 49th Parallel coffee and quality baked goods (with gluten free options). They’re Eco Fashion Week’s official sponsor and have some exciting upcoming news regarding a new food program with a famous Italian chef. Stay tuned!
5. The Pie Shoppe | 721 Gore Ave.
Just about the smallest coffee shop you ever did see, owned by two sisters. They make pie to pair with their very own Panoramic Coffee, which they roast in small batches and sell to select vendors around the city. They offer pourover and aeropress coffee and focus on purchasing single origin, seasonal beans.
6. Le Marche St. Georges | 4393 St. George
If you’re missing Paris, get here fast. This might just be the cutest, quaintest cafe / shop in the city. You’ll find a selection of locally made non-perishables, as well as, dairy and baguettes. Crepes are made to order (of course) and if you really love the space, you can ever stay overnight! Check the site for booking info.
7. Revolver Coffee | 325 Cambie St.
Winner of Vancouver Magazine’s new restaurant awards category: Best Coffee House. These hard-core coffee enthusiasts (aka the Giannakos family) specialize in the ‘by the cup’ method. Their cold brew bottled coffee will hit their retail shelves soon, and stay tuned for updates on the space they’ve taken over which adjoins their cafe.
8. Matchstick | 639 E. 15th St.
Quality is the name of Matchstick’s game. They’re all about connecting the customer with the source of the food. They’ve begun to roast their own beans – so, you can order your pourover, then walk to the back to meet the master roaster. Also fantastic is their fresh in-house baking – you can see the kitchen from the cafe. This business runs on transparency.