March 15, 2018
If you’re craving a Mother Nature reconnect, you’ll find it in the mountains of British Columbia—a quick flight or scenic drive from the American West….
By Tiffany Lewis February 16, 2018 #php comments_number('0 Comment', '1 Comment', '% Comments'); ?> #php echo wpb_get_post_views(get_the_ID()); ?>
Sometimes the best way to enjoy your favourite coffee beverage is to take it outdoors. In Vancouver, there is no shortage of coffee shops, or of spectacular places to walk. Put the two together…perfection. Here are some of the top Vancouver neighbourhoods for a scenic, caffeine-fuelled stroll.
False Creek is always bustling, with boat traffic in the waterway and foot traffic on the popular seawall path. You also get great views of downtown Vancouver’s skyline and the North Shore Mountains beyond. Keep alert on your walk by injecting a little caffeine from one of the quality coffee shops close by.
Local coffee roaster Matchstick has a location in the city’s historic Chinatown, a short walk from the seawall. Grab a coffee brewed from beans roasted at their Fraser Street location, and some of the fabulous baked goods prepared in the Chinatown location’s large commercial kitchen. The aroma is to die for. On the south side of the creek, stop in to the tiny space occupied by Moving Coffee, which shares a home with Fife Bakery. You can’t make a bad choice here—the owner is one of a handful of Q Graders in the city—but if you have to select one thing to try, go for the Morning Whiskey cold brew. You won’t regret it.
The birthplace of Vancouver is known for its cobbled streets and its iconic steam clock. But Gastown is also known as a place for first-class food and drink. In the Georgia Straight’s annual Golden Plates readers’ poll, Gastown was chosen as the city’s #1 neighbourhood for restaurants. The same can be said of its coffee shops, as Gastown is home to some of the best Vancouver has to offer. Revolver—#1 on the list—is a fave among those who take their coffee very seriously. Revolver offers a wide selection of beans from all over the world, and you can have them brewed a dozen different ways. To maximize your visit, order a flight—either one coffee brewed three ways, or three coffees brewed one way.
A block or so north, Timbertrain roasts their own carefully chosen beans to perfection, and then employs a slow, methodical brewing process to produce a fabulous cup of coffee. Try their nitro cold brew for a unique experience: take a cold brewed coffee and add in nitrogen, which results in a smooth, frothy beverage they serve on tap. Nemesis, the new kid on the Gastown coffee block, opened its door in February 2017, and after one year of operation—heck, after one week of operation—they quickly established themselves among the city’s coffee elite. The space is bright, the lines are clean, and the coffee is superb. Try something from their pour-over station to see why they’ve been nominated for Best New Cafe in the international Sprudgie Awards.
Once you choose which establishment to try first, get your elixir to go and walk the streets and alleyways of historic Gastown, with its peekaboo views of the North Shore Mountains.
Laidback Kitsilano offers great food and drink, excellent shopping, and a scenic waterfront with a beautiful beach. Neighbourhood staple 49th Parallel has been brewing premium coffee at this welcoming West 4th Avenue location since 2013. Their roastery is east in Burnaby, and their beans are found in many coffee shops around the city, and even around the world. Pop in for a coffee, and don’t leave without trying a delectable doughnut made on site by Lucky’s Doughnuts. The Sourdoughnut…mmm.
A few blocks south, on West Broadway, Pallet Coffee Roasters offers award-winning coffee in a setting full of natural light, thanks to its two-storey glass walls. Enjoy your coffee with a build-your-own breakfast sandwich before you head outside to people watch and window shop. If you’re heading for a walk along the waterfront, be sure to stop at Kahve. This immaculate spot looks more like an upscale boutique than a coffee shop, and it’s a fantastic place for brunch. And while the coffee is excellent, branch out and try the London Fog—one of the best in the city.
Featured image: 49th Parallel in Kitsilano. Photo: Tanya Goehring
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