Tiny Karmavore Organic Juice Bar sends the scent of fresh fruit and vegetables wafting throughout the River Market at Westminster Quay, tempting busy shoppers to stop and indulge in a glass of puréed produce. Following the same health-conscious philosophy that fuels Karmavore's café location, the juice bar uses only fresh, organic ingredients in its vegan offerings. Alongside glasses of fruit and vegetable juice, the shop serves up a variety of handmade wraps and salads, each of which blesses diners' hearts for their healthy choices on the way down.
During the winter at Stomping Grounds Coffee House, guests can look over the steam of their coffee cups and out toward a rolling meadow surrounded by ranch-style fences. The windows and walls are rolled away during the summer, leaving the shop open to the warmth of Osprey Village.
Whether hunkering down or enjoying a breath of fresh air, guests can dig in to specialties such as fresh juices, organic coffee, housemade turkey chili, ham-and-swiss sandwiches, and locally made pastries. The eatery fires breakfast specialties for early risers, and it also arranges catering platters for large parties.
Catering to thirsty lips and empty stomachs, Wired Monk boasts a menu full of caffeinated beverages and delectable light meal options. Beat morning moodiness back into hibernation with hearty breakfast sandwiches and bagels, such as the bountiful breakfast bagel bedecked with egg, cheddar, ham, and tomato ($5.35), or rise like obedient dough to freshly made scones and muffins baked daily in-store. For lunchtime noshes with brawn, choose the chicken-cheddar-chutney panini ($8.95) or the fully stacked mediterranean-veggie sandwich ($7.95).
The family-owned boutique offers an abundant selection of small-scale and artisan cheeses, charcuterie, and accompaniments in a quaint Kerrisdale fromagerie. Cheeses are hand-selected by the in-house experts, and the rotating selection of more than 150 varieties of cow, goat, and sheep's curds is thoroughly researched for history, flavour profiling, wine pairing, and favourite bands before hitting the cooler. Indulge in the creamy cow's milk Quebecoise Bleu Bénédictin ($5.95 per 100g), and savour the slightly mushroomy, slightly salty flavour of the deeply veined monk-made blue. Grab a block of the semi-hard sheep's milk pecorino Toscano and grate the fragrant fromage over your next pasta, cheesecake, or salad. For fromageophobes, Benton Brothers offers a bounty of locally made charcuterie and cheese accompaniments, to ensure all guests at your next cheese-themed soiree can sup stress-free.
There’s a comforting vibe at Divine Indulgence Café. Even though there's no family currently residing inside, the warm, repurposed house keeps its homelike atmosphere. The dining areas evoke the feeling of a well-worn abode with dark-wood furnishings and shelved knickknacks. The coziness extends to the menu as well, surfacing in comfort food dishes such as fish tacos or guacamole burgers made with house-made beef patties, Havarti cheese, bacon, guacamole salsa, and fresh baguettes. Decadent slices of cake and more than 20 different flavors of tea also add to the cafe's homeyness, as does the the baristas' constant reminders not to play ball inside.
Fresh, made-to-order Mexican dishes might not be what one would expect to see in Vancouver's Chinatown district, but that's just where the family behind Hogan's Alley Cafe plates its hearty breakfast and lunch dishes. Red, green, ranchero, and mole sauces, ladled over the restaurant's egg dishes, enchiladas, and chilaquiles.