Coffee in the Land of Maple Leaves and Universal Healthcare

Alright, y’all. I’m going to be completely honest right now: The only reason why this post is getting written is because I am hardcore procrastinating on my work. Plus, I’m really not in a hurry to further burn out my already fried brain.

So I’ve decided to blog about happier, more exciting times.

Like when I left the country. 🙂

My mother and I decided to take a week to visit Vancouver, Canada in October, and while I expected a great time, the experience was so much more than I could have ever imagined. We saw so many incredible sights, ate so much delicious food, and of course, drank a ton of amazing coffee.

So where did I find this amazing coffee?

Well, the first caffeine stop of the trip was actually kind of an accident. My mother and I had intended to check out Timbertrain Coffee Roasters in Gastown, but upon entering the shop, we found that the lack of air conditioning had made the store just too stifling to enjoy. As a result, we turned around and walked down the block to Buro Espresso at the corner of Water and Cordova Street.

Not only was the cappuccino that I ordered delicious, but the location is prime for people watching. With near floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding about 75% of the store, it was easy to take in all the activity of Gastown from any seat. Timbertrain may be the more highly-rated coffee shop, but I highly recommend checking out Buro first.

The next morning, my mother and I decided to have breakfast at the Prado Cafe just a couple of blocks from our AirBnB. We had walked past it the day before, and it certainly caught our eye then, but little did we know that it would become one of our favorite stops of the trip.

There is no doubt about it that this place serves great coffee, and it’s not surprising why: Back in 2011, the cafe was taken over by Sammy Piccolo, who has an impressive resume which includes the title of first ever winner of the World Latte Art Championship. And while the coffee is good enough to support the cafe itself, the food there is just as amazing. My mother is now obsessed with poached eggs because of the delicious toasts that the shop serves, and we ended up visiting the cafe multiple times because we loved it so much.

The next coffee shop that I visited was Revolver Coffee. I had wanted to visit this shop for a couple of reasons: Great coffee reviews and the CW show Arrow was shooting nearby. Since I was on my own for the day, I checked out the film set quickly, and then headed down the block for some breakfast. While the food was limited to baked goods, I could have sat there all day, drinking pour overs and eating coffee cake,  because the vibe was so warm and cozy. It was definitely a good start to a long day of sightseeing.

I walked what felt like twenty miles that day, so before heading home that afternoon, I decided to make a stop at Beaucoup Bakery, which an acquaintance of my mother’s had highly recommended. Sitting near the edge of the Kitsilano neighborhood, this little spot boasts an impressive array of baked goods and sports a fun vibe that is definitely worth a visit. I wouldn’t say my cappuccino or croissant were amazing, but they were decent enough that I would make a return in the future.

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The final stop on my coffee shop tour was at a place that I had made a priority to check out when planning the trip: 49th Parallel.

I’ll admit, the reason why I wanted to try this coffee shop so much was because of the doughnuts. Check out Lucky’s Doughnuts on Instagram, and I’m sure you’ll understand how I felt. Those doughnuts just look too good not to try, so after touring the botanical gardens, my mother and I headed over to the shop for a sweet afternoon treat.

The location is perfect, with plenty of space, a comfortable vibe, and amazing coffee. I had a peanut butter chocolate doughnut with my cappuccino, and I had to force myself to not stuff all of into my face at once because it was just so good. And don’t worry if you are not all that into the sweet stuff. They have savory food as well.

I could go on and on about my trip to Vancouver as we saw so much while we were there, and we hardly even skimmed the surface of things to do. As much as I tried, there was no way I could visit all of the coffee shops that I wanted to, but I guess that just means I have to go back for another trip, right?

If you would like to see more pictures from Vancouver, check out my Instagram. Also, I have started a list of coffee shops that I have enjoyed over the years, so make sure to check it out if you are looking for recommendations.

Until next time,

The one and the only Pookachino

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