Photo credits: Daigyo

New Japanese Style Dessert Cafe Opens In West End Neighbourhood

There’s a plethora of unique things to love about Japan, and its many beautiful cafes and delicious desserts are usually on everyone’s list.

So it’s no surprise that, after an epiphany, Grace Han – co-owner of the new upcoming Japanese dessert cafe Daigyo Cafe – decided to open a Canadian version of the boutique cafes usually seen in Tokyo.

Having opened its first Toronto outpost just last year, they’ve now set their sights to expand to Robson Street and bring Vancouver closer to Japan.

The Food

Hatsuki Signature Matcha | Photo credits: Daigyo

At the core of Daigyo’s menu are high-quality ingredients to ensure you only taste the best.

For instance, they source matcha straight from Shizuoka, known as the Japanese region that produces high-quality matcha powders.

With excellence in mind, beverages are centered around lattes, teas, smoothies, and coffee that revolve around two types of premium matcha: green-colored Spring Matcha Powder for sweetness and Winter Matcha Powder for an added hint of bitterness.

Here, you’ll feast your eyes on mouthwatering iced confections, such as the White Peach Jasmine Smoothie, Organic Matcha Floats, a Yuzu O-Matcha, and other signature items — have you ever had an affogato with a matcha soft serve?

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Foodwise, Daigyo takes a whole new approach to savory by bringing over the crazed Pressed Sandos. 

Red Bean Shiratama | Photo credits: Daigyo

These are shokupan or Japanese milk bread with delicious filling inside pressed to order and served warm. 

There’s a variety of sandos to choose from, including Tartare Chicken, Crispy Shrimp, and Spicy Octopus. For sweeter options, you have the Purple Sweet Potato, Japanese Cheese, and the Red Bean Shiratama to boot.

The Interior

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Embodying the Japanese aesthetic approach of Kanso, meaning simplicity, you won’t find bright wacky colourful designs nor vibrant interiors here.

Instead, a breeze of warm and peaceful air from the neutral colors of wooden shelves, hues of grays, soft lighting, and zen music will sweep your feet — a kind of peace and tranquility you can only find in a few places like this.

Daigyo Vancouver is set in the previous West End Yi Fang BBT unit that is 1,100 square feet. Inside there will be a limited number of seats available.

Now that you know what’s in store, you’re definitely just as thrilled as we are! 

Well, good news! Daigyo is set to soft open on February 9th, 2023, and grand open on February 18, 2023, at 1725 Robson Street.

But the fun doesn’t stop there — Daigyo hosts a two-day grand opening celebration special with a buy one, get one promo on selected drinks!

So, don’t miss the date and set your alarms; Daigyo’s soft-opening hours are from 2PM to 8PM.

Address: 1725 Robson Street, Vancouver BC

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