Despite the fact that our team here at Glitter Guide is scattered around the country, one thing tends to remain the same across all of our morning routines: coffee! There’s something so sweet and luxurious about starting the day with this ritual—and the opportunity to enjoy a cup while out and about is always a thrill. Today we’re taking a tour of the top Vancouver coffee spots to visit with Alexandra Grant, the effortlessly stylish blogger behind “To Vogue Or Bust.” Catch her tips below for making the most of the Vancouver café scene, whether you’re a full-time resident or a one-time tourist. Bottoms up!
Tell us about the Fairview area in Vancouver. Why did you decide to make it your home?
I’m a beach girl through and through, so I always knew that when I moved into the heart of the city, I would need to be near the ocean. I moved to Fairview a few years ago, and I’m literally a few steps away from the Seawall and able to enter False Creek via a kayak or paddleboard within just a few minutes of leaving my place! I can’t get enough of my area’s beachy vibe; plus, there’s a true neighborly quality to this ‘hood.
In most other areas of the city, people definitely avoid eye contact and would get creeped out by someone saying “Hi” to them, but between my neighbors and the people behind the counter at the many local cafés I frequent, there’s always a genuine connection and friendliness from everyone I encounter. Finally, even though it’s a bit quieter in my neighborhood compared to busy Yaletown or Gastown, it’s such a central and convenient place to live. I’m right next to Kitsilano, the most quintessentially “Vancouver” ‘hood of them all; a five-minute bike ride to downtown and a short walk to Mount Pleasant, a hip up-and-coming part of town with a ton of great restaurants and microbreweries!