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February 17 2015

A Guide to Coffee & Breakfast in Gastown

If you’re serious about coffee, Timbertrain is a haven for caffeine connoisseurs. From their slow bar, baristas demonstrate slow-pour skills brewing fresh green beans that have been carefully roasted at Timbertrain’s facility. Choose from single-origin coffee, espresso drinks and tea, along with meat pot pies and maple or matcha waffles that can be enjoyed on-the-go or inside their sleek carriage booths.

Excellent flat whites and fresh bread are among the staples that make Nelson & The Seagull a local favourite. The café keeps it simple focusing on fine coffee, fresh ingredients and baked bread – which is freshly made in their open kitchen along with an array of organic treats. Cozy up with the toasted muesli or avocado on toast, accompanied with house-made almond milk.

If you’re looking for vegan and gluten free options, stop by Bambo Café. The family-owned establishment offers healthy baked treats, fresh smoothies and organic fair trade coffee, along with a delicious variety of toasted focaccia sandwiches and Azzi’s homemade soups.

Brioche is a popular spot to enjoy breakfast with Italian sensibilities. Whether it’s enjoying a seat by the window, or inside their communal table, Brioche has a cozy, welcoming charm reminiscent to a European cafe. For breakfast, you can look forward to signature Italian omelettes and French toast on house-baked bread with fresh cut fruits.

saltytonguebreakfastIf you’re having a hard time deciding what to eat, Salty Tongue Café delivers an incredible selection. A few standouts include Irish breakfast with free-range eggs and toasted soda bread, and vegetarian breakfast sandwich with mushroom ragout and smoked mozzarella. Along with fresh pasties and baked breads, Salty Tongue offers locally sourced meat and cured meats in their urban deli menu.

For a leisurely breakfast, head next door for a Guinness pint and savoury breakfast. Starting from 11:30 am, The Irish Heather offers hearty options including a full Irish breakfast with house sausage, bacon, and baked bean hash – or choose a vegetarian-friendly offering like the caramelized mushroom sandwich. 

If you need a little kick of spiciness or bold flavours to get you going, Silvestre Deli & Bistro serves up a variety of Peruvian breakfast dishes from tortilla with chorizo to Chicarron breakfast with sweet potatoes. Those with a sweet tooth can nosh on Belgium-style waffles served with maple syrup, caramel milk, or fruit marmalade.

When everything is made fresh from scratch, you can’t go wrong. The Baker & The Chef combines a culinary love affair with baked breads, pastries and hot breakfast mains. Build your own omelet, try a classic breakfast with hashbrowns and the works, or grab a breakfast sandwich if you’re on the go.