Vancouver’s Top 5 Cafés to Work From
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 favorites, 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 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:
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 is limited and can fill up quickly, especially during the lunch rush, but there is also a beautifully enclosed and heated outdoor patio as well if you fancy a change of scenery during your visit.
Birds and 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 cook books 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!
Taste and Circle
A very new addition to the Vancouver café scene, Taste and Circle opened its doors this spring 2017 as a café/creative space. The space is divided into two parts; the back section is a e-cigarette store and the front is where the café/creative space is. Taste and Circle is Gastown’s premier creative space offering up local designs, art, coffee, tea, food, workshops, events and much, much more! They moonlight as a café and work space during the day, and host various weekly events and parties in the evenings. I dare say that this is fast becoming the go-to spot to stay connected and experience Vancouver’s budding talent and cultural scene. Seating is comfortabl, the wifi is good and there are plenty of outlets to charge your electronic gadgets at the communal work table. They have both coffee and matcha on tap so be sure to pop in for a cool cup this summer!
Coffee Monster is outside of Vancouver but worthy of mentioning for those who do not live in the immediate Vancouver area. With two locations, in Coquitlam and Surrey, Coffee Monster is serving up some seriously tasty organic fair-trade coffee, high quality tea and the most delicious treats. I’ve visited both locations on a number of occasions and have thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and, dare I say it,had some of the best macarons you can get in the city. Yes! Both locations are spacious, with generous outlets, amazing music to get you in the work flow, and lots of natural light.
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 comfortably 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.
There you have it! This is my roundup of the top five cafes to work from in Vancouver. While these are my top five recomendations, I have to say that the only downside is that they all get super busy! There are also so many cafes and spots that deserve to be mentioned but I feel that they fall under different categories so I will be sure to mention them in future blog posts.
I’d love to know what your favorite cafes are! What are your requirements for a “good café”? Let me know in the comments below and I’d love to learn about them as I hope to be able to visit cafes like these all over the world!
*Blog post banner image photo credit goes to Jason Yeh Photography. All other images are my own.