I consider myself a coffee connoisseur. Others may consider me a coffee snob. Either way, I usually opt to spend my mornings sipping espresso in one of Vancouver’s many coffee shops. I’ve managed to narrow my favourites down to four.
1. 49th Parallel
For me, 49th Parallel is home to the best coffee in Vancouver. Their coffee is of a consistently high standard. 49th Parallel’s sub-brand, Lucky’s Doughnuts, makes the best doughnuts in the city. They have unique flavours such as Lemon Meringue, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Peanut Butter and Jelly. I mean, my mouth is watering just thinking about them…
Location: 689 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4M3
Although Vancouver is filled with an abundance of great coffee shops, it’s hard to find a real cappuccino. Being from Europe, I believe a cappuccino should be 6oz and should be equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foam. In Vancouver, I often find myself disappointed after ordering a cappuccino as it’s never any different to a latte. This was until I found DiBeppe. DiBeppe serves the most amazing, Italian style cappuccinos. This is my go-to cappuccino spot.
Location: 8 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C9
If you like bikes and coffee, you’ll love Musette. Musette is a cosy, yet modern, bike-themed cafe. They use coffee beans from Pallet and a variety of other roasters which are always high quality. Their baristas are very talented and can create amazing latte art so the coffee is always guaranteed to be Instagram-worthy.
Location: 1325 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2B7
4. Honolulu Coffee
Honolulu Coffee originated in – you guessed it – Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu Coffee has always been one of my favourite coffee shops in Vancouver. However, after my recent trip to Hawaii, I seem to love it even more. Every time I go here, I feel like I get a little taste of Honolulu. Not only does their coffee taste amazing, but their Hawaiian-style snacks are also delicious. I especially love their Kona Beans, which are coffee beans covered in dark chocolate.
Location: 888 Nelson St g1, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H1