Vancouver boasts a vibrant cafe culture, offering a plethora of options for those seeking a productive environment to work or conduct business meetings. While the city is filled with cafes, finding the perfect balance between a peaceful atmosphere and good tasting espresso can be a challenge. With mid-term exams fast approaching and business meetings always non-stop, the mission for an ideal workspace in this bustling city becomes all the more pressing. We’ve got you covered on some of our favorite spots where you can get your work done!
La Foret (Jubilee)
La Foret is one of our local’s favorite spots: with its rustic interior, spacious seating arrangements, diverse menu filled with Korean-inspired desserts and dishes, and free Wi-Fi- it is a haven for both students and WFH employees. If you are looking to get work done, I highly suggest coming on a weekday afternoon where it is less busy. During the weekend, this cafe fills up fairly quickly with all of those looking to have brunch, and can get quite noisy.
Monday- Friday: 8:00 AM- 10:00 PM
Weekend & Holidays: 9:00 AM- 10:00 pm
Cream Papas (Royal Oak)
Cream Papas, known for its delicious cream puffs, is an unexpected yet excellent choice for a productive work session. The minimalist interior design and soft background music create a serene atmosphere, perfect for concentration. Aside from the pastries, they offer coffee and bubble tea drinks. Although it is slightly smaller, this place doesn’t get packed which makes it convenient for those who prefer a more quiet cafe.
Monday- Thursday: 12:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Friday- Sunday: 12:00 PM- 10:00 PM
Gram Cafe & Pancakes (Kingsway)
Gram Cafe & Pancakes on Kingsway stands out as a unique choice for work due to its spacious and airy ambiance. While primarily known for its fluffy Japanese-style pancakes, this location offers an extensive menu of sweet desserts and bubble tea, including great coffee. The large communal tables, natural lighting, and free Wi-Fi, is perfect for students and professionals seeking a quiet spot for productivity.
Open 7 days a week: 10:30 AM- 10:00 PM
Lotus Cake Boutique (Burnaby)
Lotus Cake Boutique combines elegance and productivity seamlessly, with a minimal- style interior that is beautifully decorated. This charming café has beautifully decorated cakes and pastries, booths and tables for the seating arrangement, and their tea selection is noteworthy. Lotus Cake Boutique offers a serene and upscale setting that is perfect for any business meetings.
Monday- Thursday: 1:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Friday- Sunday: 1:00 PM- 10:30 PM
Caffe Mira is a haven for coffee enthusiasts and remote workers alike. Located in the heart of Vancouver, this café boasts a cozy and inviting atmosphere, with comfortable seating and a warm color scheme. Their espresso is top-notch, providing the necessary energy boost for work or those that have early meetings. What sets Caffe Mira apart is its commitment to accommodating remote workers, offering ample power outlets and a relaxed environment.
Monday- Wednesday: 7:30 AM- 6:30 PM
Thursday & Friday: 7:30 AM- 10:00 PM
Weekends: 8:30 AM- 6:30 AM
If the fact that Choi Woo-Shik went to Cafe Hashtag isn’t enough to make you want to come here, then I’m not sure what else will! In all seriousness, this modern and minimalist cafe, combined with excellent coffee and a variety of desserts, creates an environment that caters to work sessions. The café provides free Wi-Fi and a comfortable seating arrangement with power outlets for convenience. Whether you’re working solo or hosting a business meeting, Cafe Hashtag’s vibe and attention to detail make it an excellent choice for tackling that list of tasks in a comfortable and cozy setting.
Monday- Saturday: 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM- 10:00 PM
As mid-term exams approach and remote work continues to be a daily routine, I wish all students the best of luck on their tests, and for all the remote workers: may you power through this season! Regardless of if you are a student or in the corporate world, it’s important to be mindful of your energy and the amount of space you provide yourself to rest, reflect, and recharge. Keeping the stages of burnout in mind might be worth a read to learn how to mitigate and cope with stress and burnout.
Sabrina is currently in university and studying in the HR program. In her free time, you will most likely find her at the gym, boxing, at a coffee shop, or hanging out with her dog, Suga.