Every Vancouverite knows that when you’re strolling through Gastown, you’ll find an abundance of bars, restaurants, gift shops, and tourist hot spots everywhere you look. There’s no doubt, this neighbourhood has it all. But, that’s not all you’ll find in this historic and vibrant town everyone loves to visit. If you’re in Gastown, and all you want is a nice cup of Joe, then rest assured coffee culture is alive and thriving in this vibrant neighbourhood and just waiting to caffeinate you.
From homegrown cafes, serious roasters, and boutique cafes, Gastown coffee shops offer everything from lattes and macchiatos, to cold brews, double espressos, desserts, confectionery, and delicious light snacks.
So, for your next walk-in-off-the-street coffee experience, let the charming Gastown coffee shops wow you with their ambiance, expertise, and naturally… their coffee.
Here’s a list of the best coffee shops in Gastown we’ve rounded up just for you.
Revolver is crazy popular and it seems to be one of those never-dying Vancouver brands. Here you’ll find some of the finest coffee, and coffee offer that is always rotating. They source their beans from the best roasters around North America. Put this place on your bucket list especially if it’s your first time in the city.
Watch out for their tasty latte with a perfect layer of micro-foam and eye-catching latte art. Order a flight of espresso and you get to choose from two out of the three options listed on the Espresso menu. It can really get crowded during busy hours but the service is quick and friendly. Revolver is also on our list of best coffee shops in Vancouver.
This is a popular and cozy brunch cafe spot, charmingly nestled in between Powell Street and Alexander Street. A perfect spot to refresh from your Gastown touristing with a yummy cup of cappuccino with almond milk or perhaps an oat milk latte. It also has one of the most aesthetic corners in this part of the city.
If you are a vegan you may particularly like it here. They also serve some great food and their meals are hearty. Get an avocado toast and feast on the pile of avocado you’ll get.
A great majority of coffee shops in Gastown serve 49th parallel, which is awesome, but in case you want different roasts, head to Milano Espresso Lounge. Their La Futura blend is an award-winning, and it tastes fantastic both as a latte and espresso.
It’s a cafe of ample size, with a sense of modern-industrial style, and since there are so many tables and chairs inside, you’ll never feel like the place is too full of people. It’s in the center of the neighbourhood, but enough away from all its super-busy intersections so it doesn’t feel too busy outside the cafe either.
What’s also great here is that you can pick the espresso beans you’ll have in your drink. The dark roast pour over is excellent. They also serve amazing mocha, such as Hedgehog mocha (hazelnut) or Lavender white chocolate. If you like your mocha a bit on the sweet side, here it just might be the perfect deal for you.
What can be better than coffee and cookies? It’s coffee and cookies at Nemesis in Gastown. Nemesis is one of the best coffee shops you can find in town and because their coffee is really special, coming from a rotating selection of beans, we have them featured on our 10 Best Coffee Shops in Vancouver list.
Try some of their pour overs or some of their espresso. Combine your coffee with their stunningly luscious chocolate cookie. And if you are a bit more hungry than that, a salad, avo or french toast will do it.
Nelson the Seagull is a chill coffee shop that alongside delectable coffee, serves some mouth-melting pastries as well. Get a coffee with oat milk or perhaps an iced americano.
At their open kitchen, you can catch the action and order fresh bread and tasty baked goods. But what they are best known for and what you really MUST have while at Nelson the Seagull is the avocado toast, which we listed in our ultimate Vancouver food bucket list. For your sweet tooth, perhaps chocolate chunk macadamia nut oatmeal cookie or their warm, freshly-baked croissants.
Whether you were wondering about the name of the cafe, it’s inspired by an old English folksong and Nelson Mandela.
Timbertrain serves some of the best coffee in Vancouver, and it’s on our best coffee shops in Vancouver list. The cafe is inside a big Gastown heritage building and the atmosphere is always jubilant.
Watch out for their fancy coffee machines that make brewing look like almost an attraction, and enjoy some of the best pour overs in town. Their almond milk latte is perfect, stirring a smooth coffee flavour and some of the best almond milk you’ll find around. Their nitro cold brew with rich foma is also fantastic. Don’t miss their marshmallow cookie either.
Last but not least, Iktsuarpok, which is sporting an Inuit word that means ‘anticipation while waiting for someone to arrive’ as its name–is a rising star coffee stand where you can grab some really nice Matcha Latte with matcha from Kyoto. This is a small Japanese cafe on a spot that previously sold hot dogs, and although it’s a very young brand, their coffee is soooo delicious that we had to add them on our best Vancouver cafes list as well.
Plus it is always a joy to chat with Kento and Rika, who hailed from Montreal and are here fulfilling their dream of having their own coffee shop.
You can only take coffee-to-go at Iktsuarpok since there is no sitting area and you can claim your order via the big window facing Carrall Street, that is the stand. They use beans from the Moving Coffee Roastery to stir their coffee magic. After you try their Matcha Latte, return for some of their top-notch espressos.
If you are looking for a great spot to catch up with friends and that also serves specialty coffee in the Gastown neighbourhood, one place to check out is the Buro Espresso Bar. It opens early and has many options for breakfast. The indie music playing in the back adds to a chilling ambient, and you’ll want to come back, now with a copy of your book to sit around for hours and have some great time alone as well.
Buro was not always a coffee shop, however. Back in the 1990s, Gastown hosted a thriving clubbing scene, and the place used to be one of the main clubs. Now renovated, one of its unique features is that it overlooks three different Gastown streets that you can watch while you take a sip of your Spanish Latte. Their latte is authentically prepared as espresso on condensed milk + it’s topped with steamed milk. It’s not too sweet and it goes perfect with a croissant or perhaps a tasty chocolate chip cookie.
This Gastown location is a glorious deliciousness of pastries, of creme brulee buns which make a cracking sound as you take a bite, of butter tart that is flawlessly crumbly but not extra luscious, of massive amounts of pastries abundantly glazed with fruits or frostings. And whatnot.
So, you can have a brunch + coffee at Nemesis or any of the other Gastown coffee shops and brunch spots and then drop by at Purebread and satisfy your sweet tooth and pastry cravings (or just come directly here). Besides the incredible spread of baked goods, anticipate a lovely decorated venue and an overwhelming, all-consuming smell of vanilla and baking.
Location: 159 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H5
Well, there you have it, the best Gastown coffee shops for your next caffeine fix! We hope you visit them all and enjoy the great coffee. After that, why not stop for a delightful lunch or dinner experience at one of Gastown’s amazing restaurants?