Top 10 Best Coffee Shops for Brunch in Vancouver 2019
I’m going to assume that you’re already aware of this, but brunch in Vancouver is a pretty big deal. Well, I suppose you’re on an article called Top 10 Best Coffee Shops for Brunch in Vancouver 2019, so that should be obvious. Regardless, when I say a pretty big deal I mean that 11 out of 10 Millenials surveyed, said they’d trade their pet in for a piece of avocado toast.
OK well, that’s what the world seems to think anyway.
But what I can tell you though, is that brunch is a huge part of the coffee scene in Vancouver. I liken them to tiny weekend vacations that momentarily make us forget about how we’ll never own houses and will probably all work for Amazon in the next decade.
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Thanks, now on to the list of the Top 10 Best Coffee Shops for Brunch in Vancouver 2019!!
10. Small Victory
Their first appearance on one of my lists! Small Victory has two locations – their original in Yaletown and their newer fancy spangly one on South Granville. They have a massive lineup of brunch items from pastries in their cabinet to an ever-changing selection available on their menu.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: My goto location is South Granville, where I recommend you get either the insanely buttery breakfast croissant or the Avo-Toast that has honey in it!
KAHVE have been a mainstay on this list for years now, so it’s no surprise to see an old favourite here! They’re famous for their salmon avo toast but have upped their game this year by breaching into, dare I say it, healthier territory! Their new veggie bowl is a hit, even with people like me that firmly believe vegetables are a conspiracy created by rabbit people to addict us to carrots before they overthrow our world…. anyway…
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: As much as I hate to say it – that veggie bowl is damn tasty! But you can actually get a meat version that I definitely recommend, lest you fall victim to the incoming bunny overlords.
8. The Garden Strathcona
I’ve been raving about this coffee shop for AGES now and for good reason. You’re going to get killer coffee, atmosphere and service, but MY GOD the food is good here. From the cakes and cookies to the freshly made menu items, the care they put into their food is world-class.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: I’m a huge fan of their hummus beet toast, which is savoury and rich, but add a ramen egg on top and you have one of the best brunch items in the city. Follow this up with their vegan chocolate chip cookie – it’s quite possibly the best tasting cookie that exists on this planet.
7. C Market Coffee
C Market have not even been open a year and they’ve already been making huge waves in the brunch scene in Coquitlam. They even catered Beanstock for heaven’s sake! What more of an accolade do you want? Their food is always high standard and the selection is immense. Every dish that comes out of their kitchen is perfectly Instagrammable too.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: Get anything and I mean ANYTHING with chicken in it. I don’t know what they do to it, or where they get it, but there’s some sort of magic dust that’s applied to it that will melt your taste buds into bliss.
Interlude from the Top 10 Best Coffee Shops for Brunch in Vancouver 2019!
The Top 10 Best Coffee Shops for Brunch in Vancouver 2019 will continue after this quick ad break!
For the last year, I’ve been working on a project called Siply (you might have noticed that throughout this article I reference whether a shop is part of the Siply network or not).
Siply is an app that enables you to find the best coffee shops in the city then get amazing deals on drinks. Simply put – you can’t get better prices on your drinks anywhere else than this app. I made a little calculator to show this, have a play with it and see what you think:
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6. Olive and Ruby Cafe
Veterans to the best brunch list, Olive and Ruby Cafe have a full vegetarian menu, with much of it being vegan. But meat-eaters, don’t let this put you off, I’m a full carnivore and most of their food tastes way better than a meat dish at even a great brunch spot.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: If you can get hold of a slice or two of their fresh-made sourdough you’ll have a new appreciation for just how great this kind of bread can be. Add in a breakfast sandwich or three and you’ll be set for a day of looking beautiful in Kits.
The Matchstick team have been busy beavers recently, with Yaletown and a West End cafes being opened within (I think) a year of each other. The good news is that this just means their food game is now even more accessible across the city. You can expect a small menu to order from as well as a bevvy of pastries and sweets from their fully stocked cabinet.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: I like to actually keep it simple at Matchstick and order their breakfast sando. It’s egg, cheese and chutney but holy hell is it ever good. Don’t forget to leave with a loaf of their incredible house-made bread.
It’s wild to see just how fast Prado has grown over the last few years. If you include Spade (not a Prado, but the same family) there’s now eight of them! Prado has a smaller but consistently loved brunch menu with impeccable service at a wide variety of locations.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: I love their West Coast Toast, which is essentially smoked salmon lox, but it’s on a piece of delicious toast with some sort of special sauce that elevates this whole thing to a new level.
Kafka’s have only just started offering brunch at their Main Street location, so ground zero for a brunch this year has been the Great Northern Way cafe. They’re always mixing it up for choices, but you’ll find a few classic brunch dishes available at all times. There’s also a tonne of great pastries, cookies and cakes available.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: For their Great Northern Way location I’d highly recommend the pork steak breakfast sandwich or their glory bowl if you want to keep it healthy. At Main St their avo-toast hit all the right spots for me!
2. Pallet Coffee Roasters
Pallet has gone from strength to strength in the polls over the years. They took the roaster of the year 2018 award and came in second place in the best coffee shop list. So it’s probably no surprise that we’re seeing them take a podium spot on this list. The menus vary from shop to shop, but a real highlight has been their downtown location, which has a bigger menu than any other location.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: I rarely miss the opportunity to snag a tomato basil crostata at their HQ and Roastery, but for their downtown location my new favourite is their beef sandwich. The name does it no justice – it’s absolutely magnificent. Henceforth this simple beef sando shall be called the “Shotgun and Fireworks, Beef Sandwich 3000: This time it’s personal”! Anyway, just go try it, you’ll know what I mean.
1. Nemesis Coffee: The Winner of the Top 10 Best Coffee Shops for Brunch in Vancouver 2019!
No surprise here really, as they topped the best brunch list in 2018 and in 2017. Nemesis has gone from strength to strength this year, with the introduction of their “Dope Brunch” program. Essentially it can be described as unquestionable attention to quality, constant improvements and evolutions but keeping it accessible to everyone. Not an easy task to achieve but the Nemesis crew have undoubtedly done it again.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: I say this every year, but honestly try anything, it’s all incredible! OK, OK, The mushrooms on toast at their Gastown location are savoury atomic bombs and I predict that their scrambled eggs on croissant bread with truffle honey at their new North Van location is going to be one of the kinds of dishes that people are going to come to the city specifically to try.