Whether you need a much-needed jolt to start your day or want to spend some alone time, a cup of coffee can be your perfect companion. Thankfully, Squamish has plenty of cafes to cater to your caffeine cravings.Surrounded by awe-inspiring views of lush forests, snow-capped mountains, and Howe Sound fjord’s spellbinding turquoise waters, this district in British Columbia is a dream to visit and a joy to live in. Only about an hour’s ride from Vancouver and Whistler, visitors flock to Squamish for its award-winning craft brewery and distillery, driftwood beaches, farm-to-table offerings, the warmth of its people, and of course, its wide selection of sidewalk cafes.Here are some of our favoured coffee haunts in the area:
Caffe GaribaldiDrink in breathtaking views of Stawamus Chief Mountain and Mt. Garibaldi as you sip their signature maple latte while enjoying baked-to-perfection bread or other sweet pairings.Aside from the crowd favourites – Garibaldi iced tea and Squamish fog – there is also vegan and vegetarian fare for you to enjoy. Whether you prefer to dine in or take your orders out, Caffe Garibaldi should always be on your itinerary.
Counterpart CoffeeThis coffee bar and roastery’s minimalist interiors are the perfect backdrop to enjoy the fruity notes of organic Guatemalan coffee or Carmen Moncayo’s Columbian beans. You can also go mild, dark, or decaf. Whichever it is that you choose, every cup is a treat for your taste buds.If you’re too busy to sit and sip in a café, why not have your caffeine stash delivered? Just browse through their online shop and have coffee classics, unique blends, and seasonal flavours delivered to your doorstep.
Cloudburst CaféKick back after a mountain hike in this chic little shop by the Locavore food truck. Its quaint yet quirky ambiance is the perfect venue to enjoy food and beverages fresh off the farm, off the bone, or out the sea.Choose from a curated menu of sustainably sourced goodies – from fair trade, locally grown, organic coffee to a roster of savoury wraps and paninis. Sample the local faves such as the crème caramel, London Fog, or the Baileys and Coffee combo for an added buzz. Whether you choose to hang out or get your orders to-go, every bite or sip will surely take you to cloud nine.
The Sunflower Bakery & CafeThere can be many reasons why you will see an orderly line of people spilling out onto the streets of Downtown Squamish given the great places to eat and drink here. One new kid on the block has mastered the art of captivating the locals on any given weekend, usually in pursuit of ‘The Homer,’ the signature donut of The Sunflower. Also given wide praise for their bread, pastries, and the best cheese stick you are ever likely to taste, this revamped bakery in a great Downtown Squamish location is an absolute must-visit.
RideHub CaféIf you want your coffee served with a side of adventure, come over to the only mountain-bike-themed café in Squamish. This coffee shop is the headquarters of RideHub and is a famous hang-out for bikers, hikers, and anyone who just wants to revel in their flavorful blends.Whether you want a caffeine boost before you go up the trails or quench your thirst after your bike workout, this hub will surely sate and satisfy. Pair a hearty sandwich with a cortado or freshen up with a jolt of icy holeshot – anything that comes out of their kitchen will have you rolling in delight.It doesn’t matter if you’re on your way to the Farmer’s Market, just getting down from your morning hike, or simply taking a stroll along Squamish’ picturesque streets. If you’re a coffee-lover, you will surely find your way to these cozy cafes.
The Green OliveEverything about this place ROCKS. The owners are the sweetest people ever and it is hard to find enough words to express how great this place is. Not only is the coffee just what you need after a long day's walk, ride or let's face it, a relax taking in the panoramic views from Downtown Squamish, but this café also has such a great lineup of soups, snacks and bakes. Local favourites are consumed in mass quantity, so if you love a "taste of Europe and home-style cooking the Mediterranean way," be sure to get here early.
With so many world-class places it was hard to narrow down the best cafes in Squamish, so here is our take. You're never short of options here!