Vancouverites are coffee connoisseurs, and they’ve been lining up for lattes (all made with a signature leaf pattern topping the steamed milk) at this homegrown café since 2000. Top-notch brews from around the world (many of them grown organically or sustainably) are served up in a warmly lit, banquette-lined lounge with walls the color of roasted beans (there’s alfresco seating out front too). Hearty panini sandwiches (roasted lamb, grilled salmon) make a perfect lunchtime accompaniment.
Insider Tip: Caffè Artigiano has three additional Downtown locations: 574 Granville St., 740 West Hastings St., and 1101 West Pender St.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.