Vancouver’s Top Coffee Shops

There are more than a few Starbucks around these parts, but Vancouverites are also blessed with a crop of stellar independent java joints. Herewith, some of the finest.

Bump N Grind
At this retro-style hangout on the Drive, Clover and Synesso machines turn 49th Parallel beans into bliss. Watch for live music, DJs and art openings. 916 Commercial Dr., (604) 569-3362.

Arbutus Market
Got an itch to head to the country? A slice of homemade apple pie and a white chocolate mocha at this cozy café will save you the drive. Once home to Kitsilano’s only grocer, the 1900s building still has its boomtown façade and old-fashioned charm. 2200 Arbutus St., 604-736-5644.

Sciué Italian Bakery Caffe
Soccer fans in suits flock to this sleek Italian café for espresso, paninotecas and a few minutes of the game. Sciué means “good and fast,” and that’s how the coffee comes at this downtown destination. 110-800 West Pender St., 604-602-7263.

Gene
This wedge-shaped café is mecca for Main Street latte lovers and their laptops. A stark white interior and minimalist décor are complemented by all-around windows, perfect for people watching. 2404 Main St., 604-568-5501.

Medina
Tall brick walls, thick wood beams, a long leather banquette, Old World allure – this chic café is quintessential Crosstown. Designers, models and film folks take extended Americano breaks here, often indulging in the irresistible waffles. 556 Beatty St., (604) 879-3114.

Image courtesy of Poyang on Flickr.

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