Ahhhh weekends! Who doesn’t love weekends? They bring freedom to do whatever you want, and for me and B that means discovering new food establishments. Thankfully, new places are popping up all over the city so we jumped in a Car2Go and went exploring.
A friend of mine had text me during the week to tell me about a newly-opened coffee shop hidden away up on East 15th and Kingsway (right near Les Faux Bourgeois). Matchstick Coffee Roasters only opened last week and was already humming with caffeine-craving customers when we popped in on Saturday. The space is very sleek, deliberately minimalistic, and well-executed with a lot of blonde wood features. A long communal table and window seating begged for linger, particularly on this gray and wet Saturday.
The latte was smooth, yet bold, and rates highly on the short (but getting longer) list of great coffee in Vancouver. Matchstick plans to roast their own beans so watch their blog for updates if that tickles your fancy.
To me Matchstick had a similar feel to that of Revolver in Gastown (if you’ve been, you’ll know what I mean). These guys appear to take coffee very seriously so no weak Starbucks-esque coffee here. The times, they are a changin’! There were some pastries and baguettes on offer, although offerings seemed limited. The butter croissant that B and I shared was sinfully buttery but we didn’t stay for more than that as we were off to check out another new addition to the Vancouver food scene, Cadeaux Bakery.
I must admit that when I heard that a bakery had opened up near the strip club No. 5 Orange, my first thought was that the owners must be crazy. But Andrew Morrison’s recent article, with drool-inducing pictures, and learning that the owners are ex-Chambar employees convinced me to make the trip to the Downtown Eastside. Truthfully, I didn’t need that much convincing – it is a bakery after all. A few metres from the door of Cadeaux and I was over-whelmed with the smell of butter wafting through the air. We stepped up the pace and found ourselves pushing the door open to a very elegantly pretty cafe.
The counter was overflowing with flaky, golden croissants, danishes, cookies, scones, and lemon meringue tarts. And everything looked so damn tempting! Do NOT come here if you are on any form of a diet as this will be torture. I grabbed myself an apple danish and B ordered a dill and goat cheese croissant. The apple danish pastry was deliciously buttery and the layers, oh the layers! I really wish I had ordered more to try as I have high expectations that everything else will be just as divine.
We Vancouverites sure are spoilt. All of the good food that we already have in the city, and now we get two more additions?! I’m looking forward to return trips to both Matchstick and Cadeaux Bakery and the sooner, the better.