Everyone knows the struggle of sitting down in a cafe to try to get some work done only to find that the cafe is too noisy, or the wifi is bad, or worse... the coffee sucks. Sometimes, when you’ve got a looming deadline or you really need to focus, the quality of the cafe you pick can be the difference between whether you get your work done or not. Here are some Vancouver coffee shops that are great for doing some work in.
That strange, all-white, pizza slice shaped place on Main and Kingsway is usually pretty full, so you might not be able to get a seat, but if you can, it’s a nice place to work because you can look through the huge windows and give your eyes a small break.
This particular JJ Bean beats out the other locations because it’s larger in square footage. Therefore, you’ve got a better chance of actually getting a seat. The place fills up, especially mid-day on weekends, and some people will hang out all day playing chess and hanging out. Regardless, JJ Bean has great coffee, really good muffins, fast wifi, and people are generally pretty calm and silent inside. Great reasons to be productive in such a popular cafe!
Kafka’s has a more homey vibe than JJ Bean, so if you value relaxation more than anything else, you’ll probably feel right at home. All of their coffees are pourover and boast a great flavor.
Known for having probably the best coffee in Vancouver and also housing some of the most delicious donuts, 49th Parallel is also great because they’ve got many different kinds of seating, so you should be able to find a place to work even if it is busy.
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Best known for its good coffee and impressive pastries, Thierry has both interior and exterior seating. You can find a place to settle right away and get down to the grind! (You've got work to do!)
Go in for the coffee and their renowned brunch. Every customer seems to be a happy one here and that's probably due to their quality service and amazing menu. PS: They even offer an in-house cashew milk.
If you're looking for a place that's big, bright and light, then Prado Cafe is your best bet. This cafe is also well-known for their friendly, highly-efficient staff. They never miss a beat!
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Feel like giving back? This cafe that boasts large, clean, spacious tables are completely charity-focused. They roast their own beans and make their very own chocolates and sweets.
Although it may be small, Aperture Coffee Bar is known for its coziness and ranks high in the 'comfortability factor.' If you're one for lounging when you study, then settle into one of their sofas and sip on their amazing coffee.
Here's another great place that's ideal for both lounging and studying. Customers rave about its comfy atmosphere and impressive flat whites.