Three cute cafes to check out the next time you ride the R5

These cafes have got it all: tasty treats, cute decor, and good drinks

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by Sara Wong, Peak Associate

This semester, all of my classes are in the morning, so it became apparent within the first week that the only way I could survive the multiple 8:30 a.m. starts was with caffeine. Lots of it. Luckily, there are plenty of coffee shops along my bus route — the R5. Here are some of my favourite places to stop on my morning commute. 

 

  1. Chez Christophe (get off at Hythe)
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Whether you’re craving something sweet or savoury, this Swiss chocolatier, patisserie, and cafe has got you covered. I have visited many times and can confirm that everything tastes good. That being said, I do have my favourites. A must-try item is one of their croissants; they’re large, yet every bite is flaky and buttery. When I really want to treat myself, I upgrade to a filled or double-baked one. The chocolate-filled croissant always satisfies my sweet tooth, and the double-baked almond or matcha croissants are super filling. To compliment my pastries, I order a London fog, then sit and enjoy my treat by the window. 

 

  1. Platform 7 Coffee (get off at Nanaimo)
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I love the old world style of coffee shops, and Platform 7 Coffee is a perfect example of that. When you walk in, you feel like you’ve stepped into a European train station. The atmosphere is so cozy that I sometimes wish I could stay overnight. Their drink menu is phenomenal and caters to every hipster need. I’m not well-versed enough in coffee brewing techniques, but it’s cool to watch the staff create the drinks. Usually, I go for a chai latte or hot chocolate. Their cookies are super addicting too, particularly the salted chocolate chip one. 

 

  1. Thierry (get off at Burrard)
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Photo via Instagram

Do yourself a favour when you visit Thierry and try their macarons — they’re the best in the city. Located on Alberni Street, the high fashion strip of downtown Vancouver, Thierry is sophisticated without being stuck up. Translation: you’re welcome even if you don’t own a Louis Vuitton bag. My friend introduced me to the Spanish lattes (coffee mixed with scalded milk, also known as cafe con leche), and I’ve been addicted ever since. I like sitting on the heated, covered porch so I can people-watch as I enjoy my treats.

 

There you have it — three coffee shops worth checking out the next time you’re travelling along the R5. Hit me up on Instagram @sara_star_ if you want more food recommendations!