There is no question Stevestonites and visitors to the community love a good cup of coffee.
The village is brimming with coffee shops. One may be your tried and true hang out, or perhaps you prefer to explore each to compare and contrast. Whether you like to linger over a coffee or get one for the road or a walk along the dyke, below is a list of some of the popular spots to fuel up on coffee, other warm beverages, and baked goodies as a tasty accompaniment.
Blenz got its start in 1992 in downtown Vancouver with a vision to offer customers premium drinks in a relaxed environment. It worked. Blenz has grown to over 60 locations across British Columbia, Japan and the Philippines.
Steveston’s Blenz has many loyal customers who enjoy the small café’s intimate atmosphere. The owners report some people come in daily for their java fix. They also see a fair number of tourists. In addition to coffee, customers enjoy lattes and hot chocolate made with Belgian chocolate. Sweet treats include pastries, scones, muffins, almond croissants and date squares. Bonus: If you are a BCAA member present your card and Blenz will upsize your drink.
Hours: Monday to Friday 7am – 8pm. Saturday & Sunday 7am – 9pm
Rocanini Coffee Roasters
Rocanini Coffee Roasters sits at the unofficial gateway to Steveston village, at the corner of No. 1 Road and Moncton Street. This location opened in 2010 and subsequently spawned two other cafés in Kerrisdale and Yaletown.
Rocanini’s coffee is brewed from beans roasted at their Vancou-ver roastery. Their special siphon coffee has been described as both scientific and theatrical and the production results in an amazing cup of coffee. In addition, Rocanini serves brewed coffee, espresso based coffee, lattes, hot chocolate, a selection of tea and juice as well as a collection of pastries, cakes, squares, wraps, sandwiches and more.
Choose to sit at the long communal table or at a private table. Enjoy viewing local art exhibits, which rotate every few months. Students and other customers appreciate the free WiFi as they work on their laptops while enjoying a cup of Joe.
Hours: Daily 8am – 6pm
Starbucks needs no introduction. The Seattle born company (circa 1971) is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee internationally. Today there are 15,000 stores in 50 countries.
Enter any Starbucks and you will recognize the familiar aroma of freshly roasted beans. The lure of Starbucks propels many people out of bed in the morning. From Starbucks distinct French espresso roast to the classic Pike Place roast, blonde roast and everything in-between, fans know their preferred bean.
You are off and running once you have mastered the art of ordering your perfect brew. Seasonal drink and food menu items are frequently introduced. New to the drink menu is the cinnamon shortbread latte.
Additional perks: Steveston’s Starbucks has outdoor patio heaters and is close to the waterfront. Rain or shine, you will always spot people on the patio enjoying a beverage and chatting with their friends. With that in mind, I would like a skinny caffè mocha, hold the whip, with a view of the south dyke to go, please!
Hours: Monday to Friday 5:30am – 9pm Saturday & Sunday 6:30am – 9pm
Steveston’s newcomer to the coffee scene, Sanctuary Café opened in May 2018. Local owner Tim Lee’s vision was to combine his passion for cycling with his love of coffee. He wants to get people out of their cars and have them walk, run or cycle to his café in an unhurried fashion to enjoy coffee from a mug and in the process, help people live in the moment.
If you love coffee, baked goods and a café steeped in character, this may become your favourite haunt. Sausage rolls, muffins, cookies, carrot cake, coconut Nanaimo bars, sweet and savoury scones are also sold. Sanctuary Café is located in what Tim calls Steveston’s “East Village.” Close to London Landing’s scenic South Dyke Trail, it’s a perfect place to visit when out for a bike ride or a walk.
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am – 3pm
Steveston Coffee Co.
Since 1997 Steveston Coffee Company has taken pride in their organic roasted beans which makes their coffee stand out. A feather in their cap, this little café was voted the best independent coffee shop in the Richmond News’ Best of Richmond (2018).
Recently the focus has been on creating a lighter roast based on customers’ requests. New owners Grace and Roy Chen’s pervious experience working in bakeries and restaurants has inspired them to re-examine the menu. They bake cookies, muffins and loaves and create fresh sandwiches daily. On a warm day, grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables and watch the world go by.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am – 5:30pm Sunday 8am – 5pm
Village Books & Coffee House
Village Books & Coffee House is a novel kind of store. It is one of the longest operating bookstores in Richmond (30 years and counting) that specializes in new, used and kids books. Owners Angela and Ron Hill incorporated a coffee bar and a few tables where customers can make themselves at home. So, pull up a chair and relax over coffee and a book – it’s a match made in heaven!
Here you will find coffee and tea from Vancouver’s 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, and Herbal Republic teas. The coffee is direct trade and the tea is living wage, which means that the relationships with the growers and pickers are strengthened through top wage and ethical practices. The owners always experiment with drinks and come up with some wonderful seasonal concoctions. As well, a range of bagels, muffins, pastries, and soup from local bakeries complement the coffee house’s beverages.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am – 5pm. Sunday 10am – 5pm.
This Canadian company was founded in Vancouver in 2005. The wave has spread, and there are currently 34 locations across B.C. and Alberta.
Waves is Steveston’s most spacious coffee house and as a result it is not uncommon to see regular groups gather. If you drop in on a Tuesday morning you may spot a local knitting club with their needles busily clicking away as they sip beverages and socialize, or a running group may pop in for a post workout java. Waves’ menu features a variety of baked goods (the cookies and croissants are made in house), teas and specialty coffees. Tip: If you happen to visit on a Wednesday you can enjoy a free upsize to the larger Waves size coffee.
Hours: Daily 7am – 12 midnight
From small cafès with a handful of tables to larger establishments, if you’re in search of caffeine, there’s no question that coffee culture is alive and well in Steveston, and you won’t have any trouble finding an excellent jolt of java.