If you follow Broadway down to Granville and find yourself in the South Granville/Fairview neighbourhood, there’s an air that things are getting just a little bit chicer. The feeling continues as you reach into Kitsilano, which, in Vancouver, is synonymous with expensive yoga pants, health shops, high-end brunch spots, and—of course—fantastic spots to grab a well made espresso. Here are some of our favourites.
While some shops boast their own house-roasted beans, Kitsilano’s Lumine sticks to what it does well—sourcing multi-roaster beans for finely crafted drinks and providing house-made baked goods that could win competitions. Flaky pastries are their speciality, so you’d be nuts to miss out on the double-baked banana chocolate hazelnut croissant.
Address: 103 – 1965 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
What started as a seasonal coffee cart at the beach has grown into an aesthetic shop offering hot and cold espresso drinks, teas, and a selection of treats from local bakers. Across the street from the ocean, this spot also plays host to community events like a monthly community pottery club.
Address: 1945 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Located in the Arthur Erickson-designed Waterfall Building, Oide Coffee on the edge of Kitsilano offers up crafted espresso drinks and matcha in a simple format: with or without milk. Its minimal menu is complemented by the shop’s minimal design: simple, pure, good.
Address: 1548 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
A hybrid workout studio, shop, and restaurant, TurF combines all that is necessary for a healthy life—so Kits is definitely the right neighbourhood for its business model. After a workout, enjoy plant-based meals like bowls and salads, or for something unique, try the mushroom ricotta toast. Along with an espresso, of course.
Address: 2041 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
The Granville Street locale of this high-end coffee shop serves up fine artisanal pastries, breads, and sandwiches amid bright, modern decor.
Address: 3070 Granville Street, Vancouver
This Kits Beach-adjacent bakery will certainly have you singing, “Viva the pastry!” With two pastry chefs on staff, this cafe serves up sophisticated freshly-baked pastries daily, alongside two varieties of beans at the espresso bar.
Address: 1555 Yew Street, Vancouver
There’s a reason this iconic Vancouver bakery has stood for more than a decade. East meets West at this spot just off South Granville, boasting the finery of French pastry with flavours of Asia—think: the Calamansi Bûche de Noël made with coconut dacquoise, calamansi jelly, lemon yuzu crumble, vanilla mousse, and a coconut ganache paired with a matcha drink.
Address: 2150 Fir Street, Vancouver
This coffee bar offers a killer brunch, cocktail, and coffee menu. Their famous doughnuts are baked fresh daily (you’ve got to try the Ferrero Rocher mochi), along with fresh, funky plates such as the chicken and pancakes (Chicken and waffles? That’s old news!).
Address: 2042 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
The Pallet cafe in Kits offers breakfast and signature sandwiches until 2pm daily. The grand Italian sandwich is a force to be reckoned with, as is the oat milk latte made with house-roasted beans.
Address: 2002 West Broadway, Vancouver
Find single-origin coffees from around the world, as well as locally-sourced baked goods and sandwiches made to order at Platform 7’s second location in Kitsilano. Its enveloping train station-like ambiance makes it a popular spot to sit and read for a couple of hours.
Address: 2300 West Broadway, Vancouver
This chic cafe-bistro-grocer tucked away off South Granville is known for its French-inspired brunch, pastries, and specialty goods. Serving up brunch and fine coffees from 9am to 2pm daily, you’ll want to savour each bite here. Try the Petit Pitou with an iced bumblebee (iced orange juice topped with espresso) for a real taste of Europe.
Address: 387 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver