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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 ?

    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: 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

                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.