Cafes in Nanaimo

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True'stea Restaurant's chefs craft Taiwanese dishes by combining local food with ingredients imported directly from Taiwan. Diners can order house specials such as Taiwan sweet chicken, smoked duck, and spicy hot pots, before finishing meals with caramel pudding dessert. Free Wi-Fi and table games keep patrons entertained, and musicians play live music on the weekends.

8400 Alexandra Road
Richmond,
BC
CA

Though it's small, Estea Express prepares a mighty list of authentic bubble teas and smoothies. Behind the colorful counter, blenders whir combinations of red bean or even oreo ice cream into milky teas and frothy slush-smoothies before stirring in chewy gelatin pearls. Other flavors include taro root and matcha green tea for a caffeinated kick.

4151 Hazelbridge Way
Richmond,
BC
CA

At Indigo Food Cafe, vegan chef, caf? owner, and Ukrainian polyglot Lovena Galyide orients taste buds toward uncooked fruit, nut, and veggie dishes in an effort to jump-start the body's natural healing process. Desserts range from healthy indulgences such as coconut cream pie or lemon goji bars that are also served at breakfast. Lovena also leads classes to help raw foodies bring her caf??s nourishing dishes into their own kitchens. During intro classes or more focused sessions on desserts or beauty, Galyide unveils the health benefits and top-hat-decorating potential of figs, coconuts, nettles, and other vitamin-crammed superfoods as her students make and eat kale chips and almond milk and learn to use vital appliances from food processors to dehydrators.

2589 West 16th Avenue
Vancouver,
BC
CA

The masterminds behind Waves Coffee House know that a good cup of joe starts with good beans. Before purchasing from a new supplier, their coffee experts put the beans through rigorous visual and taste tests that are graded on six levels?consistency, aroma, flavor, body, acidity, and aftertaste. Beans that survive this stage are subjected to additional testing, including a spelling bee and several different brewing methods. Once a batch passes muster, Waves works directly with farm cooperatives to ensure that farmers earn a competitive wage for their products.

The company?s insistence on quality and consistency has paid off: since opening, they?ve expanded to more than 10 stores in two provinces. Each location serves Waves?s signature coffee blends?West Coast, Mountain Blue, and Deep Blue?as well as rooibos tea turned into latte, cappuccino, and espresso forms.

305 Main St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Eschewing modernity's machine-based baking, European Breads handcrafts artisanal loaves using ancient recipes that are hundreds or even thousands of years old. Bakers start with natural and unrefined ingredients, which they ferment into dough, knead until it's the right consistency, and mould into chewy baguettes, sweet challah, and convincing replicas of Rodin's The Thinker, assuming the statue had raisins for eyes. At the tables in European Bread's airy café, guests can also help themselves to delicious European specialties such as crepes, perogies, and stuffed cabbage rolls.

1262 Burrard Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA

The Vancouver Art Gallery boasts a permanent collection of more than 10,000 works and features the creations of well-known international and Canadian artists such as Emily Carr and Jeff Wall, alongside a rotating selection of travelling exhibitions. Currently, the gallery hosts the first and only drawing exhibit ever to travel from Paris's illustrious Musée d'Orsay, and the nearly 100-piece collection displays some of the finest 19th-century French art to creep over the borders of Gaul. Titled The Modern Woman, the exhibit features the work of Degas, Manet, Gauguin, and Renoir, among others, and addresses the artistic tides of the late 19th century as they began to migrate away from formal portraits and turned instead to snapshots of everyday life. On display through September 6, these ground-breaking artistic renderings reflect women's rapidly changing role in society at the time, with depictions of women wandering the streets in contemporary dress, casually dining in cafés, jogging on treadmills, and preening in the boudoir.

750 Hornby Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA