Words by Rachel Samson
Vancouver creative Rachel Samson shares the local cafes that she has been spending her time in over the last few months.
151 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4
Kafka’s Gastown location is one of three unique spaces where you come for the coffee, but stay for the good vibes and interior design. You can’t help but take it all in and feel like you’ve stepped into a modernized Italian 1970’s movie set. The bold colour palette is reminiscent of 70s pop culture which ties in effortlessly with the retro curvature in the bar design and exterior windows. Every inch of this cafe will have you mesmerized from the striking hanging light fixtures to the many cozy and unique seating nooks to choose from across the room.
488 Gore Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z6
This new coffee lounge and juice bar, is a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. The design impact at Kevin & Kevin is powerful and it shows from the rectangular glass juice bottles to the purple illuminating neon hues in their signage, and, of course, everyone’s favourite hanging chair nook. The cherry on top is the presentation of their food because it reflects their brand and personality and every corner you turn, is an insta-worthy moment.
1387 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 1B8
Since travel bans and border closures are the new normal, it is only fair to treat yourself and live like a Parisian in the interim. Mon Pitou is the new french inspired neighbourhood bakery and cafe that transports you to Paris for the day. The smell of fresh flowers and bread, paired with the sound of live jazz music on the weekends will make you feel like you are definitely not in Vancouver. From their emerald green booth seating to the twinkle lights that string across their quaint outdoor seating, Mon Pitou’s charm is in its classic and thoughtful design. Also, don’t forget to check out the bathroom—you won’t regret it.
635 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W3
A coffee shop and grocery store that offers fresh house made pasta and has stunning interior design? What more could you ask for. La Tana is a charming, Italian cafe and grocery that is designed by local favourite, Ste. Marie Design. The deep colours and textures of the space blend seamlessly with the beautiful European checkered flooring. It’s a cozy spot to grab a cappuccino on a rainy day and some pasta fresca that you can watch them make by hand over the counter. Every nook is carefully designed with aesthetic and function in mind, you also can't not love the hints of marble detail in the shop.
The Garden Strathcona 868 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1R6
When you visit The Garden Strathcona Cafe and Shop, plant life and foliage welcome you first. The exterior of the building reflects the interior, with live greenery being the star of the show mixed with masculine design elements in textures, materials and neutral tones. This coffee shop is also complemented with dark wood tones, concrete walls, and a cozy seating area to enjoy a quiet conversation over a pastry and latte. Stringed lights are hung across the room that create an even more inviting atmosphere and the cafe doubles as an event space for rent because the space is so beautiful that it should be shared to everyone. It’s a one stop shop where they also pride themselves in selling goods from local sellers with a home, lifestyle and wellness theme. You won’t want to miss this hideaway gem in East Vancouver.