Out-of-town coffee shops to visit by bike from Vancouver

Vancouver is home to plenty of great spots to grab a coffee, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city and try something new. Here are a few of my favourite destination cafés to visit by bike – or by car if you’re feeling lazy.

Honey Doughnuts & Goodies

4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L1

A destination of many a famous weekend Doughnut Ride, Honey’s has been a staple of Deep Cove for years, offering treats, warm and cold drinks, and even a full breakfast. Their specialty, as their name suggests, is their doughnuts. With four flavours to choose from, these doughy delights are a welcome treat at the end of the rolling Dollarton highway, and a good way to refuel before tackling any of the North Shore mountains.

Cafe Orso

4316 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1K8

A new addition to Deep Cove, Café Orso is a tranquil alternative to the hustle and bustle down the hill. It offers a full menu, though my favourite treat to get there is a delicious affogato made with 49th Parallel coffee and a scoop of Rain or Shine ice cream.

Old Crow Coffee Co

655 Front St, New Westminster, BC V3M 1A2

Tucked away along the industrial area of Front Street, this coffee shop is probably New West’s best not-so-secret spot. It’s the perfect environment for cozying up to a cup of coffee while you work or socialize. It gives newly transplanted Vancouverites a taste of home with its sleek and streamlined appearance, warm wood accents and purposefully placed succulents.

Damien's Belgian Waffles Ltd

2-3891 Chatham St, Richmond, BC V7E 2Z6

This sweet stop is an easy and flat ride from Vancouver through Richmond to sleepy Steveston. Don’t blink or you’ll miss the little sign that directs you into the small bakery. Choose to eat in or take some delicious desserts to go (or both) and then enjoy the different menu possibilities. They also have other baked goods to choose from in addition to their signature Belgian waffles.

Oldhand Coffee

2617 Pauline St, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3S2

Balancing an Old World blend of Dutch and Norwegian heritages with sleek and modern details, this Abbotsford coffee shop offers the almost-local Bows & Arrows coffee and a wide range of snacks that are baked in house every morning. I suggest trying the homemade Oreo cookies. The delightful up-cycled decor includes vintage school chairs, church pews and makeshift shelving made from old wine crates.

Galileo Coffee Co

173 Highway 99, Britannia Beach, BC V0N 1J0

Offering both sweet treats and savoury sandwiches, Galileo Coffee is set just before Britannia Beach on your way up the Sea to Sky. It holds everything you need to refuel in the middle of a long ride, or while you’re on your way up the highway to Squamish, Whistler or beyond. The neatest thing to do when visiting Galileo is to take your coffee to go, safely cross the highway and follow the trail past the tracks to get a great view of the Sound.

Fresh Press Coffee Bar

121-4940 No. 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3A5

This Richmond café is shiny and new, making great use of the unique triangular space with a simple yet striking design. It offers both espresso-based drinks and Chemex pour-overs to serve a wide variety of caffeine-loving clients. A highlight here is their tea lattes, made from Vancouver’s O5 Tea, which have great flavours and hold themselves to a higher than fair trade standard.

Greenhorn Cafe

994 Nicola St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2C8

Whether you’re dropping in after a long ride, a couple park laps, or just feel like heading straight for coffee first thing in the morning, Greenhorn is a gem in the heart of the West End. It boasts a bright and open design with a full menu written on butcher paper hung on the wall. The café opens at 7:00 am and though breakfast doesn’t start ’til 8:00 am, it’s worth the wait. Brunch on the weekend is divine and you won’t be disappointed if you grab a granola to go.

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