Take a break at these West Van coffee shops

Coffee culture is a vital part of West Coast living. Whether they’re part of your morning routine or serving as social facilitator, coffee shops are everywhere, with each community offering its own unique take. Here are some that represent the best West Vancouver has to offer.

Café Ça Va

1860 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1J6

One part café, one part bistro, Café Ça Va offers a seamless mix of old world charm and modern West Coast atmosphere. Coffees run the gamut from basic espresso and cappuccinos to special versions like the Monte Cristo, Nutty Irish and their own Café Ça Va, which features criollo salted caramel, chocolate liqueur and whipped cream. They also have a great dessert menu, with dishes sure to complement any flavour of coffee.

Caffe Al Mercato

This café on Marine Drive is all about bringing the Italian coffee experience to the residents of West Vancouver. It’s a great community hub for people to socialize while enjoying the patio or the warm café atmosphere. They also have an attached European grocery and deli offering fresh cheese, meats and custom-made sandwiches, along with a selection of fresh gelatos in the summer months.

Temper Pastry

2409 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1L3

A great spot for those looking to enjoy something a little more epicurean. Temper’s concept is simple: create highly original pastries and use lots of chocolate. Needless to say, it’s quickly become a popular stop among visitors to Dundarave Village. In addition to chocolate treats, this place provides customers with fantastic espresso-based drinks, chai lattes and hot chocolates that are to-die-for good.

Cafe Crema

1495 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1C3

Café Crema offers a unique coffee experience on Vancouver’s North Shore, built on the principal of offering customers their choice of fresh coffee from a number of different roasters, including Vancouver favourite JJ Bean and Calgary’s Phil & Sebastian. Each cup of coffee is expertly crafted, whether it’s a simple Americano or a decadent mocha. In addition to excellent single origin coffees, they have a number of teas and an awesome array of house-made pastries.

Delany's Coffee House

2424 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1L1

Delany’s isn’t the fanciest joint out there, but its unpretentious take on coffee has established it as a fixture in the Dundarave Village community. It’s the perfect spot to get your morning fix or just relax after an afternoon browsing the unique shops in the area. They have non-dairy alternatives for all of the espresso-based drinks, along with a wide selection of caffeinated and caffeine-free teas.

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