Whether you’re looking for a spot to meet friends, get work done, or just grab a great cup of coffee, here are eight of the most unique, aesthetic, and trendy cafes and coffee shops in Vancouver, BC (as well as Burnaby, Surrey, and the North Shore), in no particular order.
Having grown up in Vancouver, every time I come home for a visit I try to check out a few new or interesting cafes around the city. For both visitors and locals alike, I hope this coffee shop guide will help you discover some new favorite finds. If you’re looking for more things to do in Vancouver, I’ll be posting a new blog post soon on how to spend the perfect day in Vancouver!
1. Matchstick (Vancouver)
Matchstick‘s location on Main Street is a chic, light-filled spot to grab a latte and some lunch. The big square wall cutout-turned-bench seat makes for a great place to curl up with a book!
Locations: 4807 Main St., Vancouver (pictured); 639 E 15th Ave., Vancouver (Fraser Street); 213 E Georgia St., Vancouver (Chinatown)
2. Buddha-Full Provisions (North Vancouver)
With two locations on the North Shore, Buddha-Full Provisions is a great spot for vegans, vegetarians, and health-conscious cafe-goers. Highlights of Buddha-Full’s menu include buddha bowls, colorful avocado toast, and many plant-based and gluten-free options. And yes, Buddha-Full’s Northwoods location has SWINGS!
Locations: 106 West 1st St., North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale); 102-2120 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver (Northwoods)
3. Olive + Ruby Cafe (Vancouver)
With its all-white aesthetic, plant wall, and hanging chair (plus super cute bathroom – not pictured), Olive + Ruby Cafe on West Broadway clearly knows what we millennials are looking for in a coffee shop. But really, Olive + Ruby is the perfect spot to meet a friend on a weekend morning.
Location: 2839 West Broadway, Vancouver
4. La Foret Cafe (Burnaby)
Rainforest or coffee shop? La Foret Cafe in Burnaby could really pass as either. La Foret has an amazing, open space with tons of tables, making for the perfect coffee shop to post up for an afternoon and get some work done.
Location: 6848 Jubilee Ave., Burnaby
5. Butter Baked Goods (Vancouver)
With its pink and mint interior, Butter Baked Goods in Vancouver is seriously one of the cutest cafes out there. Not to mention Butter Baked Goods’ absolutely to die for baked treats!
Location: 4907 MacKenzie St., Vancouver
6. West Village Cafe (Surrey)
“No bad days” is right, especially when you have these waffles and lattes waiting for you at West Village Cafe in Surrey! West Village Cafe makes for a cozy spot to meet up for coffee with friends.
Location: 5620 152 St., Surrey
7. Cafe Orso (Deep Cove)
Whether you’re hiking nearby Quarry Rock or strolling around Deep Cove, stop by Cafe Orso for a well-deserved coffee or cold brew. Hopefully this bear is the only one you’ll see on your hike!
Location: 4316 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver (Deep Cove)
8. 49th Parallel Cafe (Vancouver)
49th Parallel Cafe serves up seriously delicious Lucky’s Donuts and great coffee in their signature teal cups. In case you’re unfamiliar, “49th parallel” refers to the latitude of the Canada-US border. With several locations around the city, 49th Parallel is a great Vancouver staple to add to your coffee shop bucket list.
Locations: 2198 W 4th Ave., Vancouver (pictured); 689 Thurlow St., Vancouver (Downtown); 2902 Main St., Vancouver
That concludes my guide to the best coffee shops and cafes in Vancouver, Canada! I hope this post will encourage you to check out some new coffee spots, and to explore a new neighborhood in the Lower Mainland while you’re at it!
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