Vancouver has no shortage of beautiful cafes to enjoy great ambience, study or work in, enjoy a cuppa tea, coffee and treats. This series delves into more unique and memorable cafes around Vancouver, and what they have to offer.
One of the first cafes that sprang to my mind is the charming and quaint Gastown cafe - Birds and the Beets.
I was lucky enough to have visited this place recently to catch up with 2 of my friends from university, Demi and Chris. After my recent trip in February to Singapore and one week down at my new job, there was so much to catch up on with my friends. It was fantastic hearing about significant changes in their lives too! I noticed that the cafe was filled with students/professionals/hipster types plugging away on their laptops, grabbing a healthy bite to catch up with their friends.
What struck me about the cafe was its beautiful brick interior finishing, floral-inspired decor and spaciousness. It gave off a very unique and earthy bohemian vibe which is very different from your typical Tim Hortons or Starbucks. I could imagine spending my afternoon in this sanctuary from the city - sipping tea, reading, writing or engaging in conversations.
The menu is not to be scoffed at. They serve coffee from Bows and Arrows, a VIctoria family-run enterprise devoted to making the perfect cup of coffee. Tea is from Cultivate Tea located on Main Street. I chose the very fresh and fruity hibiscus tea after bombarding my server with questions. The delightful, focused menu features the popular avocado and slow poached egg brioche, as well as whole grain granola and homemade yogurt. For bigger appetites, there are turkey, pork, fish and vegetarian sandwiches and salads. I have not tried them but hear that they consist of fresh and organic ingredients.
Sit back, relax and soak up some rustic warmth, good bites and simple but tasty eats here.