Located in the hip Commercial Drive neighborhood of Vancouver, Lear Faye seems to crackle with energy. While live music or house vinyls play, guests spread out across the intimate room, which is adorned with fir wood and raw steel, or head to the covered, heated patio that's separated from the main room only by a roll-up door.
Patrons here during dinner dig into Mediterranean, Latin, and French sharing pates made with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. The vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menu showcases small plates such as butternut and acorn squash roasted with garlic, chilies, toasted pecans, and agave. It also includes dishes such as lamb brioche sliders and boeuf bourguignon, which pair with whiskey and inventive coffee cocktails.
Lear Faye hosts patrons for brunch, too, and it was named one of the brunch spots by Xtra Living. Vancouver Magazine called it one of the top five coffee shops in Vancouver.
At Indigo Food Cafe, vegan chef, café 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 café’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.
Aromas of coffee, freshly baked cake and chocolate croissants drift through C.C Violin Patisserie & Café, but visual treats abound as well. Strawberries and blueberries nestle into fresh-fruit galettes, heaps of truffles form sweet mountains atop ceramic plates[R1] , and lacy meringues [R2] gaze out from glass apothecary jars. These from-scratch goodies spring from the sticky fingers of head pastry chef Brett McDonald[R3] , who occasionally shares his expertise by teaching classes such as Truffles and Wine[R4] , and Cupcakes for Kids[R5] . Guests can justify downing desserts with a dainty menu of lunch entrees, including quiche and chicken-and-brie sandwiches bookended by bread so thick and crusty you could use it to fill a sandwich. A violin and bow hang suspended on exposed-brick walls inside, and flowers beckon passersby from just beyond the full-length windows.
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.
With a simple, soothing interior and a large menu of coffee, bubble tea, shakes, and pastries, it's clear that the owners of Tasty Life Cafe know what their customers like. Their formula isn't complicated: supplement a calm atmosphere with coffee, a sprawling variety of teas, and desserts that include custards and fruit-heaped cakes, and watch as the café becomes the go-to oasis of myriad locals. Reading a book on the leather sofa, sharing cookies in the glow of a table lamp, or consulting a crystal ball to decide between tea with tapioca pearls or agar jelly, customers can appreciate the cafe's generous menu and warm environment.
It may be named after the pallet, a key tool in transportation, but Pallet Coffee Roasters could just as trade “pallet” for one of its homophones: “palate.” Pallet takes special care to source its seasonal coffee beans from the best producers, going through several tasting sessions to ensure they are specialty grade. After roasting, the coffee is served at the roastery’s East Village café alongside a menu of sandwiches, salads, and pastries.