Vancouver is known for having many different coffee shops and a seemingly unlimited amount of people to fill them. Most cafes carry non-milk alternatives for your vegan beverages, but it’s much less common to find vegan treats among the pastries, muffins and cookies. This list will help you narrow down some of the best spots to check out where you can drink your soy latte and indulge in a vegan treat too!
This list is organized into different areas in Vancouver so you can use this coffee shop checklist as an excuse to explore a different neighbourhood community than where you live. Why not start a conversation with a stranger, people watch, or check out that unique store on the block while you’re there? Coffee shops are a great place to build community and get to know other Vancouverites!
Kitsilano – Culprit Coffee – 2028 Vine Street
With a bright yellow exterior and a bright and charming interior, the minute you walk into Culprit you know you want to forgo the to-go cup and stay for a while. The chalk boards display their drinks and highlight that everything is gluten-free, local and fresh made. The coffee is proudly sourced from Victoria’s award-winning Fernwood Coffee and the decaf is swiss-water processed that is 100 per cent chemical free.
Dulce de Leche Cashew Bar
The cafe serves both almond and soy milk options for your cappuccino or chai latte, or you can ask for Nuez Milk’s fresh raw almond milk! They also has a variety of vegan treats. Under the glass on a particular day you could choose from a raw cashew bar, a donut, a scone, or a cookie! Their baked goodies are all made in house from scratch using natural ingredients. On a sunny day, it’s the perfect spot to sit on the patio in the afternoon sun with a good friend.
Mount Pleasant – Caffe Cittadella – 2310 Ash Street
This old two-storey character house is only a block away from the big box stores of lower Cambie, but once inside you’re transported to a charming, warm and inviting atmosphere. They serve fair trade 49th Parallel coffee, soy and almond milk options and a variety of vegan and gluten free goodies from Eightfold Eats. The Schokolade Lavender Cashew Cluster bar is a must try and will definitely satisfy your sweet craving.
Caffe Cittadella has a nice patio on the ground floor, and two coveted spots on the sunny upstairs deck. It’s also a great place to go on a rainy Vancouver day and hang out upstairs with a good book.
Chinatown – Matchstick – 213 E Georgia Street (at Main)
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Matchstick just opened a beautiful new location in Chinatown. The communal tables are solid wood planks and the air plants add to the natural feel of the space. Matchstick roasts their own coffee beans and sources their food products locally. Many of the vegetables for the sandwiches and salads come from Vancouver’s urban farmers, Inner City Farms or other B.C. organic farms. They serve a vegan sandwich on homemade bread, but make sure you try the incredibly tasty vegan berry and chocolate scone that is made from whole food ingredients and arguably healthy for you.
Matchstick’s first location is located on Fraser & Kingsway at 639 E 15 Ave.
Main St – JJ Bean – 3010 Main Street
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Looking for your Sunday morning coffee and muffin spot? Look no further. JJ Bean is known for their large muffins and they always has at least one vegan muffin option in the mornings. The earlier you get there the better selection you will have, as they tend to sell out quickly. JJ Bean has been roasting their own coffee for four generations and values socially responsible bean sourcing. Their Over and Above program donates money back to the farmers and communities where the beans are bought to help make a positive difference in those communities.
They value the quality of their coffee: three out of four of their coffee varieties are organic and their decaf is swiss water processed.
JJ Bean has many other locations around Vancouver – find the one you want to check out here.
Commercial Drive – Prado Cafe – 1938 Commercial Drive
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Prado Cafe sits on the corner of Commercial and 4th with large windows to gaze out on to the street and white-washed walls to brighten up even the dreariest of rainy days. They serve fair trade 49th Parallel coffee and have a delicious vegan cookie to accompany your beverage.
Downtown (Davie Street) – Exile Bistro – 1220 Bute Street
Exile Bistro is an exciting new restaurant that just opened on Bute and Davie that has ethically sourced plant forward fare that focuses on local food sources. During the day, they’re open and serving the coffee shop menu drinks, teas, kombucha and homemade goodies. During the evenings Wednesday through Sunday, they’re a restaurant and bar. Stay tuned for a further review – for now: coffee and vegan treats. Your latte will be far from ordinary – they serve homemade nut milks by Nuez that are raw, organic, preservative and fair trade! If you’re looking to try a unique drink, they also have a thirst quencher beverage with coconut water and aloe or try a nettle tea. You’ll definitely find a choice of vegan goodies as well – the vegan black bean brownie is delicious and has just the right amount of gooey chocolate icing and moist texture.
Exile faces on to a pedestrian only part of Bute Street that is tree-lined and has communal picnic tables. Grab a cold drink during the summer and watch the hustle and bustle of Davie Street.
Chinatown – Musette Caffe – 75 E Pender Street
Musette Cafe is geared to those who love cycling, so hop on your bike, ride the sea wall and end up here for a cup of one of their great organic teas and a re-energizing almond milk chia pudding. You may have to compete for space to lock up your bike, but everyone is welcome in this fun coffee shop.
Other location: Downtown – 1262 Burrard Street (entrance in alley)
Know of another good coffee spot with vegan treats? Leave a comment and let us know!