I’m Matt Hanns Schroeter and super excited to take you on this virtual tour of the West End, showing some old and new favourite spots around the neighbourhood. Since coming here 7 years ago, it’s been an awesome neighbourhood to get familiar with.
9:05am Davie and Bidwell
Home to JJ Bean Coffee Roasters (1209 Bidwell Street), the restored Maxine’s Hideaway building makes for a calming spot to grab a coffee close to English Bay. Any spot around is good to sit in—by the lofty arched windows, small tables, or the outside patio facing Davie.
10:30am Robson and Cardero
The waffles at Nero Belgian Waffle Bar (1703 Robson Street) are perfect for a sweet snack or dessert. The charming spot has a few tables to sit and enjoy the dishes inside and out, or you can pick up a box of mini waffles to take home.
2:20pm Robson and Nicola
If you’re in the mood for matcha while walking down Robson, Capstone Tea & Fondue (1429 Robson Street) is the place to go. It’s got some nice chocolate/cheese fondue sets, and tasty mini cheesecakes too.
3:45pm Davie and Jervis
Just off Davie Street between Jervis & Bute you’ll find Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium (1238 Davie Street), with its iconic neon sign marking the spot. It has a pretty wide selection of LGBTQ related literature and products—a great stop to get a sense of the history and culture of the West End.
6:20pm Robson and Denman
If you find yourself near Robson & Denman, check out SPAGHeTÉI (1741 Robson Street) for a Japanese twist on spaghetti dishes. This cozy spot is a nice break from some of the busier joints nearby, and the friendly service is great. Be sure to try their signature Mentaiko dish if you like seafood, or the Chicken Peperoncino for something a little more traditional.