Prado, Vancouver

Prado Gastown was my last Vancouver coffee stop and it was a wee bit of fun before heading to the airport. In keeping with Vancouver's general rejection of traveller helpfulness, Prado doesn't offer free wifi to customers (or maybe it does but you have ask, I hate having to ask), so what ensued was an excellent 50 mins of people watching from my very comfortable bench seat. Setting the tone was my lovely latte, cafe owner Sammy Piccolo uses family roast 49th Parallel, and a quirky avo and minted peas on toast for breakfast which my menu tells me is organic and sourced locally. The cafe was halfway to full when I arrived and rapidly reached capacity. I was surrounded on all sides by those elusive people who work from their laptops in a trendy cafe. How does one get to join this band of efficiently working hipsters? It is a strange feeling to be so hemmed in by plugged in people and not be able to access your email. I was most of all impressed by the two women operating this bustling cafe, who demonstrated deep compassion for a local homeless man who took shelter inside the shop giving him coffee and rest at one of the tables. This cafe manages to achieve what so many fail to do - it leaves you with a story.

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Revolver Espresso, Vancouver

Revolver, if you can't tell by the name, is a cafe with attitude. Wildly popular at any time of day, it has opened up an adjacent communal consumption room next door. Called Archive, the walls are filled with a who's who in beans of the Vancouver coffee scene and from the taste of their espresso you want to try every one. Excellent latte, service and atmosphere, you'll want to come back.

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Timber Train, Vancouver

While on one of my Gastown explorations I ducked out of the rain and into this wonder of a cafe. Timber Train is set up with a series of wooden booths and a long counter dedicated to the coffee experience from espresso to pour over. Made with their own roast, my latte proved a tasty drop on a cold day.

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Cartems Donuterie, Vancouver

It's just not possible to pass up visiting a place called a 'donuterie'. Touted as Vancouver's best donut shop I made it a point to stop by Cartems. I should have been adventurous, I know, but when you only have one shot at tasting you want it to be amazing - so I passed over the festive looking mulled wine for a snackalicious chocolate glaze.

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