Hello, friends! Welcome to June and part one of my Vancouver city summer guide series! I’m very excited to share with you my personal favourites, as well as some well-known cafe gems of the city with you. Whether you’re a local Vancouverite or planning on visiting Vancouver in the future, I hope you’ll consider adding the following places to emhance your #veryvancouver experience.
To kick this series off, here’s a roundup of the top five best cafes in Vancouver to work from. If you didn’t already know, I spend quite a lot of my time in cafes working on my laptop as a freelance writer and marketer, so I feel that I have experienced my fair share of good and not-so-good wifi spots in town.
Vancouver’s café scene has taken off in more recent times and while it’s still growing, there are already a number of fantastic contenders who have quickly stood out from the crowd. But this isn’t about who has the best coffee and tea. This post is dedicated to the creatives, students, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and anyone else who is constantly on the hunt for the perfect wifi connection, comfortable seating, good selection of beverages and treats, and that oh-so-coveted design fixture we all look for – the plug. So based on these requirements, here are my top five Vancouver cafés to work from:
“I make a mean cup of coffee, if you give me the right ingredients.”ice cube
Birds & The Beets
A charming representation of Gastown’s rustic beauty can be found at Birds and the Beets. The front entrance is whimsically decorated with fresh, seasonal blooms by The Wild Bunch, which are for sale by the bunch, with plenty of cookbooks to peruse, mason jars filled with oats and goodies, dried flowers, packages of granola, in-house freshly baked bread and other hanging delights. Seriously, it’s quite a lovely sight to behold, especially on a gorgeous day where the sunlight pours in through the open windows.
There is plenty of space to work in the back of the café and tends to get busy as it’s quite a popular spot. And why not? The food selection is incredible – fresh, local, delicious and a good bang for your buck. Their home-made kombucha is quite amazing and their staff is incredibly friendly and quick to offer up some tasty treats!
Located in Vancouver’s iconic Chinatown is a beautiful Italian market and café, Dalina. Brimming with clean tiles, gorgeous marble, fresh flowers, local and artisanal food, and coffee, this boutique market serves up some seriously fresh food, coffee and tea. The communal seating area and window bar are limited and can fill up quickly, especially during the lunch rush, but there is also a beautiful enclosed and heated outdoor patio as well if you fancy a change of scenery during your visit.
*Update: A second location was opened to the public in 2019. It is on the corner of W Broadway and Oak Street, Vancouver. It’s a lot smaller than their flagship but the bright sunshine glistening off of the marble top tables and gorgeous brown leather seats makes this a warm and inviting place to settle in for a laptop session.
This coffee shop in Gastown is probably one of the most popular in town, for reasons I’m still not fully sold on (I’m not a fan of acidic coffee) however, it deserves a mention due to its great location and ambiance. It’s a hub for digital nomads, creatives, entrepreneurs, etc… so if you’re looking to work and network with likeminded people, Revolver is the place for you.
Last but definitely not least, Di Beppe rounds up the list of Vancouver’s top five cafes to work from simply because they have some of the best coffee, particularly Italian coffee. If a really, really, really good cup of cappuccino is what you need to get your mind in work mode, Di Beppe is the spot for you. Do count on a busy lunch hour, limited seating as well as outlets, and a great happy hour menu, if alcohol and work is your thing. Grappa, anyone? Salute!
Off The Tracks
Off the Tracks is a very recent discovery but I just had to add it to my top five list because it’s got everything you could possibly want and more. Located in the heart of Granville Island on Railspur Alley, Off the Tracks is a friendly and funky café and bistro serving up healthy brunch and lunch dishes, coffee, tea, desserts, and local Granville Island beer (yes, you can drink and work, if that’s your thing).
They have a charming patio, generous seating on the main floor and a partial second floor offering up some comfortable couches, a communal table and bar seating for their visitors. It gets pretty busy, especially on the weekends so keep that in mind if you plan on visiting. With good wifi, casual but bustling work environment and amazing location, it’s pretty clear that this cafe is a hit!
After a few solid hours on the computer, you can walk outside and reward yourself with a visit to the Granville Island Public Market, walk along the marina, relax on a patio for happy hour and do some people watching, or enjoy the live entertainment from the many buskers scattered throughout the island.
Have you tried any of these cafes? Do you have a cafe that you think is worth sharing? Leave a comment and let’s continue adding to the list of Vancouver’s top cafes to work from.