Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,


  • Smoothies,
  • Muffins,
  • Cakes,

Products and Services

  • Housemade Cinnamon Buns,
  • Organic Espresso,
  • Homemade Muffins,
  • Fair Trade Coffee,
  • Wholesale Baked Goods,
  • Gift Cards,
    • Delivery,
    • Wi-Fi,
  • more...
  • less...

Languages Spoken

  • English With Some French And German Speaking Staff,
2565 Alma St, Vancouver, BC V6R 3R8
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

  • Diners Club

Meet the owner

Dan Hilton is very focused when it comes to perfecting the perfect cinnamon bun. “I’ve spent 25 years constantly trying to make them better and better," he explains. Cinnamon buns are the signature treat at Dan's beloved Point Grey café, Grounds for Coffee. And while the labour-intensive baked goods drive some businesses to automate the process, Dan and his staff continue to make all their buns by hand. The kitchen houses a mixer the size of smart car, and makes thousands of pounds of dough every single day. “It’s a clean product, using simple clean ingredients.” Dan says. “If I won’t eat it or serve it to my family, it’s not good enough for my customers.”

Dan first opened Grounds for Coffee in a tiny storefront on Alma Street in May 1993. He expanded the space in 2003, and the Vancouver café continues to thrive. In the early days, Dan concentrated on his signature sweet treats. He ordered ovens, proofers, mixers, cinnamon and a lot of flour. The only catch: he didn’t actually know how to make cinnamon buns. “This became a valuable lesson,” he explains. “I started my learning curve by making bread; I was up at 4:00 am, and working until midnight.” After he mastered the art of bread-making, he moved on to cinnamon buns.

Even all these years later, Dan continues to refine his product, seeing how he can make it healthier by further reducing the sugar and fat content. “We don’t use any hydrogenated fat and our buns have one third of the fat content of major competitors,” he says. “We never stop making tweaks."

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Legendary Vancouver eateries with delicious specialities

Legendary Vancouver eateries with delicious specialities

If you’re craving warm and sticky cinnamon buns, put your trust in the outstanding baking team at Grounds for Coffee. Every morning and throughout the day, visitors stop by this Alma Street café to watch the kitchen staff expertly roll out their legendary cinnamon buns. If you’re lucky, you might even get one of these ooey-gooey treats fresh and hot out of the oven. Smothered in house-made frosting, these tasty baked goodies are the best cinnamon buns in town.

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Coffee shops in Point Grey

Coffee shops in Point Grey

Grounds for Coffee has been around for more than 20 years, and for good reason: sweet-toothed patrons rejoice at this unassuming coffee shop that serves the best cinnamon buns in town. Located at the busy West 10th and Alma intersection in Point Grey, it’s worth making a pit-stop for if you’re on the 99 B-Line, which stops right in front of the shop. Take my word for it: you won’t regret it.

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Vancouver’s sweetest cinnamon buns

Vancouver’s sweetest cinnamon buns

Many argue that the gooey cinnamon rolls at this Alma Street coffee shop are the best in the city. Baked fresh on site throughout the day, the large, doughy buns are always warm and moist with a sticky sweet centre. The decadent delights can be enjoyed au naturel or slathered with a generous helping of cream cheese icing. Grounds for Coffee also works with local caterers to transform their signature cinnamon rolls into cakes of various shapes and sizes; these towering displays make a great brunch centrepiece or a tasty alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

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