172 Powell Street
T: 604 608 8889
This morning my stomach made me do some crazy stuff. It was on a mission and there was no rationalizing with it. It made me get out of bed early (that alone is CRAZY!). It made me get on the bus. It then told me to get off at Main street and Hastings street.
“Why would we get off here?!” I nervously asked.
“Keep walking” my stomach instructed.
We turned the corner onto Powell street and we opened the door to Cadeaux Bakery…ahhh, it all made perfect sense now.
Pretty little Cadeaux welcomed me in and my sleepy eyes were greeted with mounds of freshly baked croissants, cookies, scones, and brownies. I could have been dreaming if not for the smell of butter in the air. I ordered myself a butter croissant and a white chocolate and pear scone (the things I do for research!). I ate the croissant sitting in the small café and “ooohed” and “ahhhed” my way through the layers of flakey, butter pastry. By the time I had finished I was happily covered in a snow storm of pastry flakes. This would have to be one of the best croissants that I’ve had in Vancouver. Absolutely delicious!
Butter croissant from Cadeaux Bakery – $3.50
White chocolate and pear scone from Cadeaux Bakery - $3.25
I saved the white chocolate and pear scone for morning tea and wow! This was good too! This little gem, nestled away on the outskirts of Gastown, is creating amazing baked goods and you should get yourself down there to try them out. Besides all of the goodies I’ve mentioned above, you can also order cakes and housemade ice-cream. FYI – their hours are hard to find but they are closed on Mondays, open 8am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday, and open 9am to 5pm on Saturdays & Sundays.
My stomach wasn’t done yet. It wanted to wash all of this deliciousness down with a strong coffee. Normally, JJ Bean is the coffee of choice but today Revolver was our go-to place.
325 Cambie street
T: 604 558 444
I’ve actually been to Revolver many times since it opened in fall last year but I’ve yet to write it up (you can chalk that up to pure old laziness). Revolver is a trendy, coffee-obsessed Gastown café. Rustic wooden floors, exposed raw brick, and urban decor gives Revolver a modern, welcoming vibe. One of the design highlights is a wall-sized world map made completely from nails that showcases coffee-growing regions.
Revolver takes it’s coffee very seriously, which is interesting for people like me who are new to anything other than espresso drinks. The counter at Revolver looks like a science lab with all of the different types of coffee paraphernalia that they use! I’ll leave the technical stuff to these guys but I know that the coffee at Revolver is strong, and the coffee is good. If you are a bigger fan of the coffee process than I am, then you need to go and talk bean to the guys at Revolver. Me, I prefer to sit back with my coffee and watch the world go by.
Revolver also has freshly baked pastries and muffins but obviously I was already satiated so that was the last thing on my mind today.
Gastown, you may be difficult to get to in the mornings but you are worth it! My stomach and I thank you for being awesome.