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Best cafes in Vancouver

grayelf Jan 14, 2014 05:42 PM


Not a bad roundup. Did she miss your fave? (She missed one of mine.) Any you disagree with?

  1. Sam Salmon Jan 14, 2014 09:22 PM

    Coffee is so 2011.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon
      LotusRapper Jan 16, 2014 03:12 AM

      What are you drinking these days ? Coconut water ?

    2. moyenchow Jan 15, 2014 01:04 PM

      She missed Matchstick (Is that the one you were thinking of GE?), but it may not have fit her "by the neighborhood" format.

      Off topic but has that area (Fraser & Kingsway) been given a trendy name yet? It probably will get one soon as there are some good eats there.

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        el_lobo_solo Jan 15, 2014 03:44 PM


        1. re: moyenchow
          LotusRapper Jan 16, 2014 03:11 AM

          NoFra ? FraKing ?

          Actually I thought that last one was fraking funny ;-)

          1. re: moyenchow
            grayelf Jan 17, 2014 07:43 PM

            Yes, moyen, and apparently it was a software glitch that left out that area so maybe check back for the correction.

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            Anne M Jan 15, 2014 05:16 PM

            In the West End the newly opened Greenhorn is looking like a contender. Not that there is a lot of competition.

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            1. re: Anne M
              grayelf Jan 15, 2014 10:10 PM

              I was just googling Greenhorn per NMS' thread and found this rather groovy linkage: http://cafeyvr.com/opening-soon/ for keeping track of newish places to caffeinate.

              And yes, it was Matchstick that I was thinking of. For me, it has the right combo of ambiance, solid coffee, friendly staff and (most importantly) excellent baked goods. Just wish it were closer to home. Kits is a bit of a wasteland for good coffee shops that do well with all for things at the moment.

              1. re: grayelf
                Anne M Jan 16, 2014 08:13 AM

                Thank you for that very handy link grayelf.

                I see JJ Bean is opening on Bidwell and Davie. So it seems there is hope for coffee in the West End after all.

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                  cafeyvr Jan 16, 2014 04:04 PM

                  Thanks for the link!

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                quddous Jan 17, 2014 11:56 AM

                I'm surprised Matchstick isn't on that list. They supply Nelson the Seagull and I would hope they could make their coffee better than those they supply to.

                I usually go in for their iced assam tea (unsweetened) and their pecan cookie (seriously delicious).

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                1. re: quddous
                  LotusRapper Jan 17, 2014 03:01 PM

                  Quddous, try Matchstick's double-baked almond croissant next time. If you get there past 9:15am you're most likely out of luck (and I might have been the guy just in front of you who snagged the last one, then yelling "YEAHHH !")

                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    quddous Jan 17, 2014 03:08 PM

                    I think we have had it but might not have; will get it if I ever see it. Our favourite almond croissant in Vancouver is Thomas Haas; I have to admit I eat *all* the leftover crumbs from that one. The best I've had is Koign Amann in Montreal. Quite similar to Thomas Haas but less sweet and less crunchy. Just a little more held back.

                    I also like the praline pinenut croissant at Beaucoup but it is more than overwhelming in richness and crunchiness. I'm only having that one once a year maximum.

                    1. re: quddous
                      LotusRapper Jan 17, 2014 03:16 PM

                      Haven't had the Beaucoup one yet, but that sounds more like Matchstick's than Haas'. I did (too) many comparisons between Matchstick's and Haas'. Both are equally good but quite different, Haas' being more traditional croissant-like whereas Matchstick's approaches a heavy, dense puff pastry. It's a meal in itself, and you could split one with your SO and it'd only be $2.225 each :-)

                      1. re: LotusRapper
                        cafeyvr Jan 17, 2014 05:35 PM

                        Temper Pastry in West Van has double baked almond croissants along with a coconut variation. He worked at Thomas Haas' shop as well for several years..

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