Struggling to resist the constant distractions in your home? Find inspiration in new surroundings, and discover some of Vancouver’s finest coffee shops.
Our three key qualities for the perfect coffee shop writing spot are ample seating, plentiful outlets and exceptional hot brew. Find your new favourite home-away-from-home in these rain city gems.
Mink Chocolates Cafe
863 W Hastings St.
If you want to pair your caffeine buzz with a sugar high, Mink Chocolates Cafe not only serves up excellent coffee, but also offers a large array of specialty drinks and delectable treats. Inside it’s clean and bright, with a good number of small tables for writers who are working alone.
Calhoun’s Bakery Café
3035 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC
One of the few coffee shops in Vancouver that is open 24/7, Calhoun’s is inviting and spacious and provides an extensive menu of comfort food and baked goods– not to mention, fresh coffee to keep you going all night long.
2310 Ash Street
Located in a converted heritage house, Caffe Cittadella is absolutely charming, with two small floors of seating and a multi-level outdoor patio. A few blocks away from the cacophony of Cambie and Broadway, this coffee shop is off the main street and blissfully quiet – the perfect spot for writers.
325 Cambie Street
For the caffeine connoisseur, Revolver truly sets a standard for exceptional service and top-notch pourover brew. You may need to experiment bit to find a time when the shop isn’t packed with people, but it’s absolutely worth the effort.
2331 E Hastings Street
Cement walls, pipe shelving and a curious row of flame fueled coffee siphons give Platform 7 an appealing steampunk vibe, and the funky decor is worth a visit alone. The ample seating and retro music selection is just icing on the cake– and it’s sure to get your creative juices flowing.
2401 E Hastings Street
Exactly what every neighbourhood cafe should strive to be– vibrant and welcoming with excellent coffee and locally sourced baked goods. The staff goes above and beyond making you feel at home, and their efforts don’t go unnoticed by their very local clientele.
Aperture Coffee Bar
243 W Broadway
With its exposed brick columns, herringbone floor and incredible coffee, Aperture Coffee Bar is definitely an inspiring place to work– and, in case you need a distraction, it hosts an impressive bookshelf of lovingly worn novels.
The Grind & Gallery Coffee Bar
4124 Main St
A favourite of Vancouver writer’s groups, The Grind has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a deceptively large seating area in the back. Open late, this Riley Park coffee shop is a great choice for a writing session.
Breka Bakery & Cafe
812 Bute Street
Another rare Vancouver establishment that is open 24/7, Breka Bakery & Cafe is warm and unpretentious, with a huge selection of baked goods, soups and sandwiches. The large patio, which is heated during the colder months, is also perfect for people watching.
The Buzz Café & Espresso Bar
901 Homer Street
With a spacious layout that feels like a combination of an art gallery and an upscale living room, The Buzz Cafe has the distinction of being one of the only coffee shops in Vancouver ideal for writing in a quiet atmosphere.