Bean there, done that.

by Amy Parker

Are you looking for the perfect place to get a little work done? Maybe write that book you’ve been thinking about or catch up on some take-home work? You could finally empty out your hotmail account and reply to your Aunt Susan’s Christmas newsletter. From 2006.

Then why not spend a few hours at one of my favourite internet cafes in town.

The best part is, the coffee is good and the internet is free!


1399 West 7th @ Hemlock (South Granville)

(604) 319-3065

hours: weekdays 7 am – 7 pm, weekends 8 am – 7 pm

parking: lots of metered and time limit spots on 7th and Hemlock

coffees: espresso, cappuccinos, iced drinks etc.

beans: Intelligentsia

lunch: sandwiches, salad, pastries and cold drinks

seats: comfy seats, hard chairs and lots of tables, one large table seats up to 10

patio: seats and tables available outside

atmosphere: good, lots of natural light and respectable clientele

service: friendly, knowledgeable and efficient

neighbourhood: central location, close to shops on Granville and Broadway


2480 Vine St @ Broadway (Kitsilano)

(604) 677-1557

hours: weekdays 8 am – 5 pm, weekends 9 am – 5 pm

parking: plenty of free spots on Broadway and Vine, some with time limits

coffees: espresso, cappuccinos, iced drinks etc.

beans: illy

lunch: gourmet sandwiches, salads, pastries – all made on the premises and cold drinks

breakfast: options available daily

seats: mainly bar stools with high tables and counters

patio: outdoor seats and tables available

atmosphere: nice, lots of natural light

service: very friendly and efficient

neighbourhood: next to Speedy Glass and across the street from the new Marketplace IGA and London Drugs


2528 Main St @ Broadway (Main Street) – the old SOMA location

(604) 873-8274

hours: weekdays 7 am – 10 pm, weekends 8 am – 9 pm

parking: metered spots on Main Street, time limit spots on 10th and 11th

coffees: espresso, cappuccinos, iced drinks etc.

beans: Cowboy Coffee

lunch: sandwiches, pastries and cold drinks

seats: comfy chairs and banquets with lots of tables but they are at an awkward height for laptops

patio: outdoor seats and tables are available

atmosphere: not as eclectic as SOMA and a bit darker but there is a lot of natural light and a fireplace which is great on cool rainy days

service: nice, helpful

neighbourhood: the usual Main Street offerings with the cool shops just up the road


57 Cordova East @Carroll (Gastown)

(604) 215-8707

hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily (more or less)

parking: metered spots everywhere, only $2 for 2 hours

coffees: espresso, cappuccinos, Hediard Tea and European hot chocolate

espresso: Miscela d’Oro

lunch: Italian sandwiches, European pastries and chilled sodas

seats: small marble cafe tables topped with fresh flowers scattered throughout this retail shop

atmosphere: small but lofty with feminine elegance

service: tasteful and eager to please

neighbourhood: chic Gastown shops and homeless people in every direction


For alternatives, check out;

Jitter’s Cafe (Kitts) 1966 West 4th Ave.

Javanet (Kitsilano) 3436 W. Broadway @ Collingwood

Take 5 (Downtown) The U.K. Bldg., 429 Granville St.

Pedro’s Organic Coffee House (Granville Island) 1550 Anderson St. @ the island entrance

Continental Coffee (Commercial Drive) 1806 Commercial Drive @ 2nd Ave

24 hour options;

Blenz Coffee various locations, check out

Calhoun’s Bakery Cafe (Kitsilano) 3035 W. Broadway @ Balaclava

Benny’s Bagels (Kitsilano) 2505 W. Broadway @ Larch

A little nicer, options for meetings;

Try the hotels, most have complimentary WiFi throughout the lobby and restaurants too

The Sylvia Hotel (English Bay) 1154 Gilford St. @ Beach Ave.

The Opus Hotel (Yaletown) 350 Davie St. @ Mainland

The Granville Island Hotel 1253 Johnston St. @ the SE end of the island


About Lauren Mote

Lauren has been an intricate part of the food industry for many years. Whether it’s behind the bar, in the kitchen, tasting and learning about wine, or sitting with her laptop writing food stories and reviews at the local coffee house, it was clear at an early age that Lauren’s professional and personal life would be completely consumed by the joy and passion of edibles.
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