The end of August was marked by my first trip above the clouds in several long months. I was excited to get back on a plane to discover a corner of our great country. After a busy summer in the Eastern Townships and the surrounding area, Vancouver promises to be dynamic, surprising and magnificent.
Several had praised me the metropolis. Its beaches, its green spaces, its gastronomic scene, its fine wines, its panoramas with a view on the Rockies, and so on. Of course, I didn't forget its cafes, proudly offering local products, in the prettiest interiors. We had a blast from start to finish of the trip!
This escapade that we planned since the beginning of June was incredible. And what about the big city. Simply wonderful!
Located a stone's throw from our vacation home, The Elysian was the place we loved to start our days. Their americanos are to die for. The balance between bitterness and acidity of Colombian Taminango (locally roasted, too) is perfect from the first sip. An awesome brew to start a day full of discoveries.
After a little research, I came across this bakery where customers praise the delicacies offered, but also the coffee served there. You might think that coffee comes second in this business where everything is (very, very) succulent, but on the contrary; the talented baristas at the bar offer a smooth blend prepared by the talented at Transcend Coffee Roasters, a Calgary-based roaster. It's a must before a day in Stanley Park. Delighted taste buds, I promise!
Yaletown: 1088, Homer Street, Vancouver,
South Granville: 3070, Granville Street, Vancouver, V6H 3J8
While we would have loved to enjoy the Revolver Café premises, we were able to appreciate the talents of their Covid-19 version baristas. The Revolver team has set up an outside espresso bar in order to be able to provide coffee and pastries to their clients. It is therefore in an alley covered with graffiti that the Revolver serves its exceptional coffees. Many beans at the mill are roasted by experts from around the world. From Dallas to Copenhagen, via Vancouver and Berlin, the cafes offered are varied and delicious. It was also very pleasant to taste a Flat white served with a bean roasted by The Barn, a German roaster that I had the chance to test last year.
325 Cambie Street, Vancouver, V6B 2N4
Another bakery where talents meet. In addition to being an incredible place to taste the succulent pastries produced on site, this small cafe with a warm decor offers a full menu of beverages made with an brew signed The Elysian, local roaster just enough fruity and perfect for a cappuccino. You can pair it with a toast with grilled peaches, or a slice of homemade raisin bread; warm bakery atmosphere as a bonus.
315 Carall Street, Vancouver, V6A 0A7
Right in the heart of Vancouver's historic district is the headquarters of the well-known Pallet Coffee Roasters. It is in a building bathed in light that we can take a look at the roaster's laboratory, latte by hand. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to note the name and origin of the coffee bean, but I can assure you that the company deserves its reputation. A smooth milk, an espresso that is just enough bitter and slightly chocolatey. You'll be able to enjoy it in a decor where wood, light and greenery harmonize sumptuously.
Extra : Ecologyst - Whistler
Since Whistler is an absolute must-see when planning a vacation in the Vancouver area, I had to include this must stop in my article. This very pretty business with eco-friendly values also hosts an adorable espresso bar offering the best coffee in Whistler. Flat white is incredibly smooth and is made with the beans of Bow’s & Arrows, a Victoria-based micro-roaster. It has sweet aromas of chocolate, and even fudge (yes, yes), paired with a slight bitterness of the cocoa. Don't forget the waffle and raspberry jam. This trio, paired with the most beautiful views, was the perfect start to our day at the top of the ski mountain.
4338 Main Street # 125, Whistler, V0N 1B4
P.S. Please excuse the disposable containers you can see on the pictures. With Covid-19, traders are reluctant to use their cups as well as customers' reusable containers. However, the vast majority of them offer recycled, recyclable and / or compostable containers.