If you’re looking for a cozy neighbourhood Cafe and espresso bar to head to that is not a big-name corporate box, check out Greenhorn Espresso Bar (994 Nicola Street). This slick new spot is simply stunning and conveniently located in Vancouver’s West End and echoes the same eclectic niche that a number of other quirky Cafes have mastered (we’re referencing Cardero Bottega and Le Marche St. George here).
Expect a spacious, clean yet-cozy interior with plenty of tables artfully strewn throughout to grant you enough space from your neighbour (perfect for a lazy morning of crosswords or laying out the laptop to catch up on a bit of work). The mish-mash of floral arrangements are effortlessly placed throughout the Cafe, lending it just the right rustic touch. Nosh on decadent deli-style sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, baked goods, sweets and more.
Across the Lionsgate Bridge, head to the sleepy village of Dundarave and hit up the newly opened Temper Pastry Cafe (2409 Marine Drive) for a sampling of sweets and be entertained by the chocolate-y ongoings in the kitchen while doing so. The open concept is presented with style – this Cafe is definitely a work of art (right down to the rolling pin shelving units, giant chocolate displays, row upon row of artfully made chocolates and pastries, and Stumptown brand coffee).
Come summer months, a stunning ‘living’ patio will open up, filled with lush greens. But for now, patrons can enjoy relaxing at the bistro-style tables and high tops, surrounded by unique art pieces and buzz in activity not so common to the uber-laidback West Vancouver neighbourhood. Grab yourself a chocolate or coconut-filled croissant, artisan sandwich (deli meats come courtesy of neighbouring butcher Sebastian & Co.), and stroll across the street to the beach at Dundarave Pier
Back in town, if you haven’t yet had the chance to check out the recently opened Timbertrain Coffee Roasters (311 W. Cordova Street), do so. Located in the heart of Gastown, Timbertrain is the perfect Cafe to head to when in search of a quick cup of quality java (beans are handselected prior to roasting) and light pastry bites. With only about 15 or so seats, its definitely cozy – but what it might lack in space, it delivers in atmosphere.
Be mesmerized by the slow pull method they employ for preparing each order (the Kalita method) that ensures every shot is perfection. Bring a book and settle in for a bit of R&R (and entertaining people watching while your at it).
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