The leaves are changing colour, temperatures are getting colder, and the smell of pumpkin spice lingers in the air. Autumn is here, and we have curated a list of some downtown Vancouver coffee shops and cafés to help keep you cozy this fall.
Did someone say chocolate and café in the same sentence? If that doesn’t scream comfy cozy, then we don’t know what does. Mink opened their first location in the downtown district in the spring of 2007. Since, they have opened several locations across the lower mainland and have become a Vancouver staple. Breathe in that crisp autumn air whilst sipping on a decadent hot chocolate on their outdoor patio.
This independent coffee house can be found tucked away on W Pender Street in the heart of the financial district. Their high-quality and consistently made coffee is brewed from a carefully curated selection of beans from local roasters. Not only do they serve a mean cup of joe, but they also offer a range of baked goods and sandwiches all made in-house from scratch. Pick up your order to-go and make your way to the seawall to enjoy a brisk fall stroll. *offering take-out only*
Chef Thierry Busset formerly led the pastry programs at CinCin Ristorante + Bar and West Restaurant + Bar. From there, Chef Thierry opened Thierry Café where he now shares his dream of showcasing art through the science of patisserie. The warm café has a European feel with a Vancouver essence, offering a beautiful array of artisan pastries and delicious warm drinks. Partake in their seasonal featured products like the chocolate marzipan torte or the black forest cake while drinking an espresso on their elegant Alberni Street patio.
Stay warm and take a trip to Hawaii at Honolulu Coffee in one of their only Canadian locations. Honolulu serves coffee brewed from Kona beans farmed right in Hawaii. Grab yourself some grounds to-go or order a cuppa in-house. Their menu also includes non-caffeinated items like açai bowls, smoothies, and pastries.
Put on your stretchy pants and make your way to Nero to eat as many Belgian waffles as your heart desires. Their waffles range from sweet to savoury and can be paired with one of their many hot drinks. Warm up with a lavender London fog, or if you prefer your coffee on the rocks, cool off with an iced latte. Make sure you don’t leave without an assortment of their mini liège waffles to save for later (while quantities last).
Located at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Bel Café’s offerings range from a selection of sumptuous cookies to flaky buttery pastries and succulent sandwiches. They offer a constantly evolving selection of exotic single origin coffees, ground and brewed to order. Take your order to go and enjoy it at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square.
Shopping plus coffee equals the perfect autumn afternoon. Grab yourself a pre or post-shopping brew at Nordstrom’s Ebar and have a tough time choosing from their extensive menu. Items include a classic chai latte, caramel macchiato, honey almond latte, and Italian hot chocolate.
“A refuge from the hussle and bussle of downtown Vancouver,” Buro is the perfect place to indulge in a relaxing seasonal beverage. Cozy up with a book at this quiet café located on the corner of Robson and Seymour and order yourself an almond croissant and a vanilla latte all while living your comfiest autumnal life.
Whether you’re looking for a morning coffee and croissant, a gourmet lunch, or an afternoon treat, Faubourg feeds every moment of your day, in both take-out or dine in. Stop by for a warm drink and a pastry to-go or stay an enjoy the Parisian ambience while munching on an assortment of handmade macarons.