Bring on the double taps. We promise your Instagram feed will be feeling the love after you visit a few of Vancouver's best coffee shops. You’ll not only find pretty latte art, but great spaces for working, sitting with friends, and of course, incredible local coffee.
Lucky for you, you won’t have to go far to café hop. There are dozens of great places to explore in the Gastown neighbourhood. Below are a few of our favourites.
311 West Cordova Street
Timbertrain Coffee Roasters is committed to the fundamentals and the science of brewing perfection into each cup of coffee we serve. Their slow bar encompasses our dedication to taste and flavour; they brew our freshly roasted coffee beans with a methodical, measured, and mastered technique.
325 Cambie St
Revolver is about two things: Coffee, and the experience that should go with it. Their coffee program is simple, but precise. All drinks are made fresh to order - after you order it, never before - from a rotating menu of their favourite coffees from world class roasters around North America. They have been voted best coffee in Vancouver several times.
Nelson the Seagull
315 Carrall Street
Two of the owners, brother and sister, Jonathan and Lee Snelgar, grew up in South Africa, and have always regarded Nelson Mandela an icon of morality, the café was named after him. This cozy corner of Gastown will bring delicious coffee, incredible house-made bread, and an open atmosphere frequented by freelancers, creatives, and anyone looking for a delicious avocado-toast fix.
100 W. Hastings Street
As a four-time Canadian Barista Champion, first ever winner of World Latte Art Championship, winner at the Coffee Fest Latte Art Championship, and four-time top-three placement for Canada at the World Barista Championships, Owner Sam Piccolo’s passion is evident. Sammy has made every effort to bring an enhanced coffee experience to Vancouver, continually using his award-winning coffee art skills to create the perfect cup of coffee through his well-honed grind and extraction process.
The Birds & The Beets
55 Powell Street
Serving up locally roasted coffee by 49th Parallel, The Birds & The Beets is cozy corner to spend a couple of hours. The abundance of greenery throughout the space, especially with the mini-floral shop at the window, and the smell of freshly baked bread, immediately welcome you.
302 W Hastings Street
New to the neighbourhood is Nemesis coffee. Opened in early 2017, not only do they offer top-notch coffee, but they also have an artistic selection of snacks to go along with your order. For example, their to-stay mochas are served with shortbread with chocolate hazelnut spread and marshmallows toasted right in front of you. Their enormous chocolate chip cookie also sits high on our list of favourite treats…
319 Carrall Street
Ideal for coffee and chocolate lovers is this 16-seat specialty cafe and social enterprise. As a part of the PHS Community Services Society this shop designed to provide pre-employment training and work opportunity for the women residents of the Rainier Hotel. East Van Roasters creates organic ‘bean to bar’ chocolate and coffee roasted and prepared on site.
Bonus: Take a tour of the historical Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, which is nearby if you’re in Gastown.