There are few activities I enjoy more than combing a neighbourhood for its most delightful cafes, bakeries and restaurants. A recent Instagram takeover for Cressey Group saw me doing just this on the colourful, evolving streets of Cedar Cottage. With so many passionate young businesses popping up in this East Vancouver neighbourhood, I found myself overwhelmed with great choices. Here are my recommendations.
Where to Eat & Drink in Cedar Cottage
Not only does this Cedar Cottage hotspot source locally, their highly creative, lovely chef Karen McAthy makes the best nut cheese in town. And come springtime, this mindful restaurant’s backyard garden will erupt with homegrown ingredients. All ‘hoods need more restaurants like Graze! Did I mention that every Tuesday night, 20% of their sales go to a local charity? These guys have it figured out. Must try: Breakfast Tacos with house-made veggie sausage
LE MARCHE ST GEORGE | 4393 St George St | @MarcheStGeorge | Cafe & Shop
One of the most charming and cozy cafe shops in town, especially on rainy Vancouver days. Here, buckwheat crepes and beautiful lattes are essential. While perched on comfortable bench seating (strewn with wooly pillows and soft sham throws) observe the countless quality (and beautifully packaged) grocery items arranged on the floor to ceiling wooden shelves.
A trustworthy spot for a perfect latte. Why? Laurence, the owner, often makes them himself. And he uses 49th Parallel beans and organic milks. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, spring for a lavender mocha made with real Belgian chocolate. I just love that a selection of the delicious cakes on offer are made by Laurence’s own sister. The tiramisu is a winner: it’s rich, yet not overly sweet. If you’re really hungry, know that his sandwiches are made in-house and lathered with housemade mango mustard.
Born from a simple passion for ice cream, Ben and Erica (the lovely duo behind this flourishing, 2-year-old business) produce flavours that embody their values. From their hazelnuts to their basil, ingredients are as local as possible. Expect adventurous (and always delicious) flavours like fresh spruce bud and elderflower. On chilly days, try an affogato made with Matchstick Coffee and a creamy scoop of vanilla.
Arguably the best authentic Mexican food in the city served with a smile in a very casual setting. Line-up, order your very inexpensive food and then try to find a free seat. Go crazy with the sauces: there are nine self-serve options to choose from. Must tries: Fish or Shrimp Taco, Rajas Currito and the Coconut Horchata.
Further Cedar Cottage Dining Options to Consider
On my Cressey adventure, I unfortunately wasn’t able to visit every spot on my list. Here are the eateries I’ve either been to and loved, or am dying to get to.
If you’re interested in moving into the neighbourhood — specifically Mercer by Cressey — make sure you register your interest so you can be one of the first to visit the showhome when it’s ready this fall.
Here’s some info about Mercer by Cressey (pictured below), located at 3470 Commercial Street:
- Mercer is currently under construction and will be complete in the spring of 2015.
- This boutique condo will be three stories high with small retail spaces on the ground level.
- These contemporary homes will feature the famous CresseyKitchen™ (featuring a great layout and functionality, KitchenAid appliances plus tons of storage), crisp white stone counters, and engineered hardwood flooring throughout the home.
- A Secret Garden, residents can enjoy the private inner courtyard planted and maintained year round. It’s like having the best patio in the city to hang out with friends!