Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood and its cultural and historic center. Established in 1867 and now designated a National Historic Site, visitors can find blocks of grand Victorian buildings that set an interesting background for today’s urban lifestyle.
After exploring, maybe you’re looking for a coffee shop with a great eclectic feel where you can experience life like the locals or you need some space to have a peaceful moment after running around seeing tourist attractions all day. Perhaps you forgot to eat while exploring and you’re famished, so you require food along with your coffee. Or maybe you’re wondering where you can purchase some of Vancouver’s coffee to take back home with you. No what matter you’re looking for, Gastown in Vancouver offers a plethora of coffee shops sure to accommodate all things coffee related.
In 2012 Gastown was named the fourth most stylish neighbourhood in the world. Exploring this neighbourhood before a good cup of coffee, you’ll discover trendy boutiques, fascinating galleries and dynamic culture.
Whether you prefer your coffee organic, brewed on site one cup at time, accompanied with chocolate or pastries or simple and easy, Gastown can accommodate you every caffeinated desire to keep you awake on your holiday. Here are few cafes we found interesting to feature here.
Nelson the Seagull
This coffee shop likes to keep it simple. It sums itself up with two words: bread and coffee. They don’t offer up fancy extras like flavor shots or instant coffee. Nor do they sell anything with frozen ingredients or wrapped in plastic. The simplicity of Nelson the Seagull allows for what they do best to shine through, which visitors will appreciate. Snacks are baked daily here so freshness is never a question. If you’re looking to add a little fitness to your holiday, you’re in luck. On Mondays and Wednesdays one of the cafe’s baristas teaches a yoga class followed by a fresh, organic meal. Get some zen, great coffee and delicious food all in one place with Nelson the Seagull; visit their website here.
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Part of the slow coffee movement, everything served at Revolver is brewed by the cup. It has a big focus on espresso as well as manual brewing methods for coffee like presses and Chemex with Kone filters. Revolver, aptly named, features a revolving list of coffees from some of the best small-scale roasters around North America. This cafe believes in two things: coffee and the experience that goes along with it. Revolver wants each visitor to have the best coffee drinking experience; visit their website here.
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East Van Roasters
A part of the PHS Community Services Society, East Van Roasters was designed to offer training and employment to women residents of the Rainier Hotel. This cafe created organic bean-to-bar chocolates and coffee, both prepared on site. East Van Roaster serves you delicious drinking chocolate, a variety of coffee options, truffles, chocolate bars and select pastries for all of your indulgent delights. Settle in with a drink and a chocolate snack and let yourself enjoy every moment. It’s a holiday after all and a time to spoil yourself a little bit. With a clean, minimal style this coffee shop is comfortable but not stuffy. Through glass windows you can see how the products are made, witnessing how chocolate is created right from the beans; visit their website here.
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Take Five Cafe
This cafe offers up a variety of coffee drinks as well as whole beans in one-, two- or five- pound bags to brew at home. In addition, they serve up everything from pastries and sweets to pasta and sandwiches to keep you fully satisfied. Take Five Cafe takes special care with their coffee, testing each batch of Arabica beans to make sure it’s top notch before serving it to customers, so you can rest assured you’ll be drinking quality coffee if you stop in here. The coffee shop also takes care with its interior design so you’ll feel comfortable and welcome while sipping your beverage; visit their website here.
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Other Gastown Cafes & Coffee Shops
With the additional website resources listed below you will be able to learn everything about coffee shops and cafes not only in Gastown but anywhere in Vancouver.
Gastown.org has an extended list of the neighborhood cafes. They are listed in the alphabetical order so take your time to learn what each cafe is famous for.
Another great website to help you find good coffee shop is itstodiefor.ca. They listed cafes by neighborhood and also included map where each of them is located.
And finally, blogs.vancouversun.com wrote a post called Vancouver’s best coffee bars. Enjoy your coffee!