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It’s obvious that Vancouver loves coffee—there’s no shortage of serious cafés pulling expert espresso shots, brewing amazing coffee and offering delicious fresh-roasted beans. For Canada-bound coffeephiles, here’s a list of Vancouver cafés you won’t want to miss.
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
2152 W. 4th Ave.; 604-420-4901
This well-loved microroaster serves vacuum-pot and Clover coffee as well as cold-brewed iced coffee
1495 Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver; 604-922-2294
Espresso from local roaster JJ Bean is crafted into velvety cappuccinos at this oceanfront café and bakery in West Vancouver.
Several locations; 604-990-0542
Try a Clover-brewed Cup of Excellence coffee poured by a number of award-winning baristas at this small chain of Italian-inspired cafés.
Elysian Coffee and Tea
590 W. Broadway; 604-874-5909
Fuel up in the Fairview Slopes neighborhood with Chemex- or Clover-brewed coffee, roasted for Elysian by 49th Parallel.
Finch’s Tea and Coffee House
353 W. Pender St.; 604-899-4040
Full of quirky charm, this downtown café serves organic, fair-trade coffees and proprietary chai alongside fresh baguettes, sandwiches and homemade soups.
1689 Johnston St.; 604-685-0613
Get your cappuccino fix in the Granville Island Public Market at this teeny coffee stall, which is one of seven locations run by this beloved Vancouver roaster.
556 Beatty St.; 604-879-3114
More than just a coffee shop, this downtown café serves up serious food—homemade waffles, duck confit, lamb burgers—alongside 49th Parallel espresso and housemade syrups. Local craft beers and small-production wines are icing on the cake.
4363 Main St.; 604-872-0844
Sip ristretto-syle shots of Seattle-roasted Vivace espresso in this retro, space-themed Riley Park coffee shop. Also on the menu: Boylan’s Natural Colas, loose-leaf teas from T and warm Ovaltine.
450 Granville St.; 604-684-5060
Stop by this cozy, family-run café and roastery for shade-grown, organic espresso, and stay for a decadent slice of housemade cheesecake—flavors like banana-white chocolate, blueberry and chocolate swirl rotate daily.
861 Hornby St.; 604-569-5480
Clover-brewed Intelligentsia coffee and grilled paninis—like the one oozing with ham, cranberries and brie—keep this downtown café packed from open to close. Thankfully, attentive service keeps the wait to a minimum.
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