Coffee in Squamish; our Home away from Home

If you head north from Vancouver, along Highway 99, in less than an hour you will reach Squamish; a small-ish but growing town. It is about halfway between Vancouver and the very well-known ski-town of Whistler.
To some people it's home, to others it's a town you pass through on the way to Whistler, and maybe a good place for a brief stop along Highway 99.
To us, it has been our Canadian home for almost a year and a half.

We didn't expect that we would find much in the way of a good cup of coffee here, but we were pleasantly surprised; there are some good choices in Squamish.

We've probably tried EVERY coffee shop here, so we thought we'd create a brief guide to coffee in Squamish, so you can get a better idea of where to go next time you're visiting or passing through.

Some things to note:

  • These are not necessarily in order of preference
  • We are using our rating system as below. The rating is for COFFEE ONLY - not based on food options, location or service

               ☕                   Not good, didn't want to finish
☕☕               Okay, wouldn't return
 ☕☕☕            Good, nothing special
☕☕☕☕        Great, would go back
☕☕☕☕☕    Excellent, a favourite!

 

We'll also add in a last-minute mention of Galileo Coffee Company and Roastery (for some reason we can't find any photos!). As we lived in Britannia Beach for a while, it was a place we would visit frequently. The coffee can be good (depends on the day) but they have a really good selection of food, particularly their Breakfast sandwiches and Lemon & Blueberry scones. Located South of Squamish, it's a good place to stop if you are heading to and from Vancouver.  

Whether you are a Vancouver local, or from elsewhere and just visiting the area, it's worth stopping by and spending some time in Squamish.
Not only are there good coffee options, but also lots of great food, recreational activities and attractions (we might talk about those in another blog post). 
Whistler might be high on your list to visit, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to skip Squamish to get there. Instead, why not try incorporate it into your visit and explore more of the Sea to Sky corridor than just Whistler.   

We hope you enjoy tasting the coffee in Squamish. We're pretty sure we've hit most of the coffee spots, but if there's any we've missed let us know here, and we'll be sure to check it out!

Coffee Adventures in Victoria

Mid-winter, we caught the ferry over to Vancouver Island for a quick get-away. Although brief, we really enjoyed our time over there, particularly in B.C's capital: Victoria.
It's an elegant, charming city with an amazing food, drink and coffee scene. 

Staying mostly in the central downtown area, we found enough there to keep us occupied, and still leave us wishing we had a few more days. 

We found some great coffee while in Victoria, so if you're thinking of heading over there and want to visit some good spots, read on...


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1. Hey Happy

Market St, Downtown

We enjoyed this quaint coffee bar so much, we went back for a second time. In central downtown, it was easy to find and get to. It seems like a place that would attract local regulars who appreciate good coffee.
It caught a lovely amount of morning sun, and had a nice window-seat at the front, so we could taste, drink and enjoy the view.  

They had a small but varied selection of delicious pastries, with some unique flavours included.
The coffee was very good! 


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2. Discovery Coffee

Blanchard St

We arrived at this next place at the right time; it had started to snow. Having found it on-line, we were interested to taste what Discovery Coffee had to offer.
They had a few locations, so it was easy enough to find one near-by.

Inside, the space was very open, clean and minimal. It was well-suited as it was quite busy, but we managed to find a seat. They had a small cabinet for baked goods, but as it was later in the day, they had already run out. This was fine for us, as we weren't looking for food; just keep it in mind and get there earlier in the day if you want to try some of their snacks.
The Cappuccinos we tried had a very good taste and texture.
They seemed to really specialise in coffee, and also offered beans and equipment for at-home use. 

Overall, this spot wasn't an overly "cosy" place; but definitely somewhere to go for a solid, well-prepared coffee. 

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3. Habit Coffee

Chinatown

Habit coffee was comfortable and relaxing. This felt like the kind of place where you could catch up with a friend, or chill out by yourself.
It was in a restored, old-brick building, and had a rustic, open feel. Like Hey Happy, it managed to catch some glorious morning sun.
As well as great coffee, they had a nice selection of baked goods to try.
One thing that stood out, was their range of magazines to flick through while enjoying a cup of your favourite something.

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Our time in Victoria was brief, but enjoyable. There were still many places we wished we had time to check out. We'd love to head over there again, so if you know of any more great coffee spots we should try, let us know!