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Jan 14, 2014 05:42 PM

Best cafes in Vancouver

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

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      What are you drinking these days ? Coconut water ?

      1. re: LotusRapper

        Craft Beer, IPA of course, from a stainless steel growler is the beverage of choice.

    2. 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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        1. re: moyenchow

          NoFra ? FraKing ?

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

          1. re: moyenchow

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

          2. 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

              I was just googling Greenhorn per NMS' thread and found this rather groovy linkage: 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

                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.

              2. 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

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        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..

                    2. re: LotusRapper

                      FWIW, Matchstick appears to be baking at least a couple times a day at the original location. Arrived at 11:30 in the torrential downpour today to find no double bakeds left, but by the time I got to the front of the line, a tray had appeared, to which I shouted Yay as well :-).

                      Really good pourover of a Guatemalan today (Las Guyabales or something like that, first one on the list, one of two from Huehuetenango). My DC loved her decaf americano as well.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        I hafta give a shout out to Timbertrain here with the caveat that I've only had their nitro-tapped cold brew. Worthy!

                        I'm interested in trying 247 Main across from the courthouse, as well as Pallet out east just off Hastings. Also intrigued by Basho. Any Hound reports on these?

                        1. re: grayelf

                          Timbertrain is my morning Americano and the shot they use is tasty and nuanced. Been able to reduce the amount of sugar and cream to a bare minimum. The guys at Timbertrain are good.

                          Also Very interested in Pallet since they are around the corner from Basho.

                          1. re: grayelf

                            I really enjoyed all three.

                            I would also toss in Lear Faye Espresso Kitchen and Renfrew Cafe if you want to try some other new cafes.

                            If you can get in before this week (limited supply), Brassneck has a coffee beer made with cold brew/Anchored Coffee.

                            1. re: grayelf

                              Basho is excellent and I love it dearly. Unfortunately they have changed their hours and are only open M-F until 4pm. They have excellent coffee (Handworks) and matcha lattes, an amazing tuna tataki salad (or rice bowl) and a variety of really interesting baked goods. Pallet (nearby) has a great espresso - I bought the beans that they sell. Beautiful interior as well.

                              1. re: VanGrrl

                                Thanks for the update on Basho's hours, which pretty much limit it to local clientele. Hope that works for them.

                      2. I finally had one of the DB almond croissants at Matchstick and was not all that enthused. It was just too much, total overkill.

                        If you are looking for a DB croissant check out Beaucoup`s rhubarb croissant. yooowzaaa!

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                        1. re: koshfoodie

                          @moyenchow: Agree re Timbertrain coffee not needing any additions, at least the nitro cold brew doesn't!

                          @cafeyvr: Lear Faye and Renfrew are new to me, will deffo explore! Thanks. Not big on the coffee beer generally but that is cool.

                          @koshfoodie: Good tip on the rhubarb croissant! I haven't had anything I've liked from Beaucoup since the bricks and mortar opened which bugs me since it is so convenient to my office.

                          I tend to share the almond croissants as they are so rich. You might want to try the ones from Chez Christophe which I thought were a bit lighter but still decadent. Their hazelnut chocolate ones are also worthy if you like that flavour combo.

                          1. re: grayelf

                            Replying to myself as I managed to hit several new-to-me cafes today, reported upon in this post:

                            PS Lear Faye are family names, in case anyone was wondering :-).