The Best Coffee In Vancouver

When it comes to the best coffee in Vancouver, it’s honestly so hard to narrow it down. Vancouver has a vibrant coffee culture and there are plenty of roasters to check out. Need a great peppermint mocha in the depths of winter? Vancouver’s got you covered. Fancy a refreshing iced macchiato in the height of summer? Yep, Vancouver’s got you covered. From coffee connoisseur to caffeine fiend, here are 5 of our favourite places in Vancouver to enjoy a cup of joe.

Elysian Coffee

What we love most about Elysian is their commitment to ethically-sourced and sustainable high-quality beans. They roast locally and in small batches, which only elevates the experience. You’ll find their bricks & mortar in Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano, Fairview and Downtown, and they have a great online store with subscription options, too. While you’re in-store, you just have to try one of their friands–they’re irresistible.



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Revolver Coffee

Located in the trendy Gastown neighborhood, Revolver is a Vancouver icon. Their process is meticulous–weighing and timing each espresso pour for consistency and quality. It’s no wonder they have a reputation for serving some of the best coffee in Vancouver. The vibe inside is minimalist and rustic, and seating can be described as communal. We find it’s equally a great place to hang with friends and the perfect spot to sit solo and get some work done.


Matchstick Coffee

You’ll find Matchstick in a number of locations in and around Vancouver including Yaletown, Davie Street, and Chinatown. They describe their cafés as community spaces where coffee and wholesome foods set the stage for people to come together. Check out their Fraser location where Matchstick roasts all of their coffee, 5 kilos at a time, on our beautiful Giesen roaster. When you visit, head to the back of the café for a look at the operation and say hello to their roasting team!


49th Parallel Coffee Roasters

Yes, the coffee is great–but the beauty of 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters has to be Lucky’s Doughnuts. These authentic, hand-crafted pockets of doughy goodness come in all shapes and flavours. Try the Old Fashioned– a classic, sour cream doughnut with vanilla glaze. Or try a French Cruller–a traditional French choux pastry ring with vanilla glaze. Whichever you choose, it’s sure to pair perfectly with your 49th Parallel coffee.


Pallet Coffee Roasters

Established in Vancouver in 2014, Pallet does a great job at serving easy-going, traditional brews. But also, they do a great job at introducing us to new and exciting, rare varieties. Their Motive Series currently includes a delicious Frank Torres – Geisha, Washed, which has notes of juicy green grape, floral jasmine, fresh strawberries, grapefruit, and orange blossom. Milton Monroy – Gesha Clouds is also an outstanding coffee to try. Expect floral, melon, kiwi, and tropical fruits from this pour-over.


Bonus: Improve Your Coffee Credentials

Looking to learn more about coffee and how to make the perfect cup? Check out the Canadian Barista Institute. Their Barista – Level 1 course is ideal for beginners and no experience is required. You’ll learn the essentials of espresso, tools and equipment, and how to pull a consistent, technically correct espresso shot. You’ll also learn about milk texturing and micro-foaming techniques and principles. Check out the course and register your place here.