You’ll want to order your coffee “for here” at these charming cafés found across the West.

Grab your lattes and books (or a good friend)! These nine cafés—filled with custom furnishings, pretty pendant lights and reclaimed materials—will make you want to sit and stay awhile.


1. Discovery Coffee, 1011 Blanshard Street

Designed by owner Logan Gray, Discovery Coffee’s fourth location is filled with mid-century pieces—like the American Factory Stools and Gymnasium Clock from Restoration Hardware—and vintage treasures picked up from thrift stores and garage sales. It’s a far step from the look of their other three locations (the James Bay, Oak Bay and Discovery Street shops have a much more traditional style), but the owners were ready to embrace a more modern coffee scene; the Blanshard shop is also their first location to have a pour-over coffee bar.

Discovery’s gold leaf sign was hand painted by local artist Chris Dobell. (Photo by Discovery Coffee.)

Much of the decor, like this vintage beaker, was picked up at thrift stores and garage sales. (Photo by Discovery Coffee.)

The Blanchard Street location is their first to have a pour over coffee bar. (Photo by Discovery Coffee.)


2. Habit, 808 Yates Street

Almost everything at Habit—from the Bows and Arrows Coffee to the reclaimed wood floors—was selected with sustainability in mind. The white light fixtures were salvaged from an old mine site and the granite benches (seen just outside the floor-to-ceiling windows that give patrons 360-degree views of the bustling business district) were recycled from the city’s old Telus building. To complement these salvaged materials, owner Shane Devereaux, along with Caleb Beyers of Caste Projects, selected the popular, industrial-style Tolix stools.

Located in a LEED certified building, Habit works hard to maintain a low carbon footprint: their coffee is locally sourced and is transported between shops via Dutch cargo bike. (Photo by Dean Azim.)

The white pendant lights were salvaged from an old mine site. (Photo by Dean Azim.)

Large floor-to-ceiling windows allow customers to look out on Victoria’s bustling business district. (Photo by Dean Azim.)

Habit was designed by owner Shane Devereaux and Caleb Beyers of Caste Projects. (Photo by Dean Azim.)


3. Caffe Tre Fantastico, 810 Humboldt Street

Owners Ryan and Kristy Taylor had been in the coffee business for more than 20 years when they decided to challenge themselves: How do you incorporate food, beer and wine into today’s coffee culture? Caffe Tre Fantastico proved to be the perfect solution. Tabletops crafted from live-edge wood, custom walnut shelving by Woodshop 506 and polished concrete floors by Stone Design combine perfectly and create a rustic-yet-modern atmosphere in which you can enjoy tre beverages (coffee, wine and beer) alongside their signature small plates.

Ian Erdmann of Woodshop 506 is responsible for the custom walnut shelving, bar and baking case. (Photo by Peter Bagi.)

Rustic tabletops and modern light fixtures create the perfect atmosphere at Tre Fantastico’s Parkside location. (Photo by Peter Bagi.)

Custom live-edge wood pieces can be found throughout the café. (Photo by Peter Bagi.)



4. Pallet Coffee Roasters, 323 Semlin Drive

Pallet Coffee Roasters moved into this East Vancouver warehouse last year and spent seven months doing renovations (the space was previously used as a fish packaging facility). Their reclaimed fir wall and whimsical lighting fixture are standout features, but the rest of the shop has also been filled with industrial elements and live-edge wood furniture, like the custom tabletops by Chapel Arts, that will please all the coffee-craving design lovers who walk through the door. Even their roasting equipment—which can be seen from the café through a huge, steel-framed window—looks good.

Every part of Pallet’s interior lends to the “industrial chic” vibe that Operations Manager Shane Dehkodaei envisioned. (Photo by Pallet Coffee Roasters.)

It’s hard to believe that this hip East Van coffee shop was once a fish packaging facility. (Photo by Pallet Coffee Roasters.)

Even their brewing equipment (we need to get our hands on that kettle!) caught our attention. (Photo by Pallet Coffee Roasters.)

The grey fir panelling was sourced from an old barn and pairs perfectly with the whimsical lighting fixture. (Photo by Pallet Coffee Roasters.)

To better connect customers with the roasting process, Pallet’s equipment can be seen through a huge, steel-framed window. (Photo by Pallet Coffee Roasters.)


5. Revolver Coffee, 325 Cambie Street

Revolver’s interior takes full advantage of the 1880 heritage building’s exposed brick walls and high ceilings, but the space is also filled with a handful of custom elements, like the giant world maps made entirely of nails, the glass menu board designed by Post Projects, and the suspended booths that appear to be floating off the ground. Reclaimed fir countertops complete the look and lend a warmth that pairs perfectly with any espresso from their rotating selection.

The giant world maps, made entirely of nails, were designed by Ricky Alvarez of Tinto Creative. (Photo by Revolver Coffee.)

Revolver is located in an 1880 Vancouver heritage building called Danny’s Inn; it features high windows and exposed brick walls that pair perfectly with their reclaimed fir countertops and booths. (Photo by Revolver Coffee.)



6. Cucina, 515–8th Avenue SW

Stepping into Cucina is like walking into an authentic European bistro, which is fitting, since most of its decor is sourced from oversees. The long community table is made from the shelves of a Dorset cheese factory, the Victorian-era lobby cupboard is from Shepton Mallet and the lights were found in Florence. Exquisite tile work and a custom milk bar (where cream, milk and water are dispensed from beer taps) complete the look—and make you feel as if you’ve stumbled into a café along the Via del Corso.