Walking the coffee trail
Grab a coffee and take time to wander around downtown Vancouver. Find a fun shop. Look up and notice the amazing architectural details on the old buildings. Wander over to the Cathedral of St. James and listen to the church bells ring on the hour. Walk over by Hidden House – built of Hidden bricks. See how many buildings you can find built of Hidden bricks – they’re everywhere! Along the way you can explore the different coffee shops for a pick-me-up. Taste your way along the coffee trail and along the way you might notice the changes happening in downtown. From the newly emerging waterfront, refurbishments at the Providence Academy, to new businesses opening up on Upper Main street, you could spend a day traveling from one coffee shop to another. Make a day of it! Take a walk and perhaps start off with a house brew on Harney, a macchiato on Main Street, a breve on Broadway, a con panna on Cascade, an espresso on Evergreen, a cold brew on Columbia, and end with a decaf wandering on Daniels.
Or if you choose to go in more or less a straight line, start at 19th at Mon Ami, then 17th at Relevant, 11th at the Syrup Trap, 10th at Java House, 8th Street Compass Coffee, 7th Street Kafiex Coffee Lab, 6th Street Brewed Coffee, Terrain Coffee Project, and end at Waterfront way at Kafiex Gastro Pub.
If you’re new to downtown Vancouver, it is easy to get around once you know the basic layout. Streets running north and south are lettered streets and mostly go in alphabetical order (with a few exceptions in the oldest part of town) From I-5 westward: C street, Broadway, Main, Washington, Columbia, Daniels, Esther, Franklin, Grant, Harney, Ingalls, Jefferson. The streets going east-west are numbered (with a few exceptions for boulevards) with the lowest numbers closest to the river and increasing as you head northward. Is the address you’re heading to 1703 Main Street? it will be at the intersection of 17th and Main. If the address is 1103 Main Street, it will be at the intersection of 11th and Main. It will give you an idea of how many blocks you’ll walk. Thankfully, Vancouver’s city blocks are not very long. Plus you’ll have a little caffeine to keep you going!
1906 Main Street, Vancouver WA
A colorful and uniquely quirky coffee shop with a variety of small tables or a tiger striped couch from which you can enjoy your coffee.
1703 Main Street, Vancouver WA
In uptown Main Street, Relevant is a hip and friendly coffee house with a modern feel and a plenty of seating both indoors or outside.
The Syrup Trap
1104 Main Street, Vancouver WA
Offering the most decadent waffle breakfasts around, this small coffee shop also makes excellent coffee drinks. Their liege style waffles can come sweet or savory.
210 W Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver WA
Sit down inside this building once home to Vancouver’s first automobile sales shop. The unique building has a central indoor courtyard where you can escape the weather when needed, or sit inside Java House by the bright windows while you enjoy a cup of java.
817 SW Washington St, Vancouver WA
This popular coffee shop near Esther Short Park sits on the corner with big windows where you can watch the world go by. An added bonus is their commitment to being eco friendly.
Kafiex Roasters Coffee Lab and Gastro Café
Coffee Lab: 720 Esther Street, Vancouver WA
Gastro Cafe: 100 Waterfront Way, Vancouver WA
With emphasis on diverse coffee brewing methods Kafiex proudly offers certified organic and fair trade coffee while empowering women and educating the public about the incredible journey of coffee from farm to cup.
Brewed 360 Café and Pub
603 Washington St., Vancouver WA
Restaurant, cafe, music venue, Brewed is a little bit of it all and someplace you wouldn’t mind just hanging out. Located at 6th and Main and right in the heart of old downtown.
Terrain Coffee Project
106 West 6th Street, Vancouver WA
In the heart of historic downtown Vancouver, coffee is carefully brewed in the interior of brick and natural wood. Look for the brick outlines of former windows from days gone by. Blending and roasting their own beans, Terrain loves to share their love of coffee with guests!