Four new coffee shops opening in Vancouver

From North Vancouver to Commercial Drive—our coffee community is welcoming four new cafes in 2019.

Vancouver’s cafe scene is set for a big year. From inventive pastries to pair with pour-overs, to beans roasted on site—your taste buds are in for a treat in 2019. Join us in welcoming four new cafes to the city, from North Vancouver to Commercial Drive.

Harken Coffee

This quaint cafe, designed by the same architects who brought Timbertrain and Juniper, is distinguishing itself from competitors with an unexpected menu. Their unique offering is thanks to Chef Kris Barnholden, who hails from The Diamond. Harken will be serving Japanese-inspired vegan creations to enjoy with the shop’s pulled shots made from their own beans, roasted on site.

Harken’s coffee program is being developed by brewmaster Eldric Stuart. A regular at coffee brew competitions, Stuart recently developed his own line of coffee filters and is also owner of award-winning local coffee stop, Aubade Coffee. You can expect cold drip machines, an emphasis on sustainability, and an unexpected menu that will make Harken Coffee an adventurous experience.

Opening at 338 Powell Street, Spring 2019.

Nemesis at Polygon Gallery

Designed by Waissbluth Architecture, the renderings of this soon-to-be 1,600 sq ft cafe hint at a beautifully minimalist, modern space—the perfect accent to the North Van gallery it will connect to.

Complete with a rotating selection of micro-roasted coffees to explore, Nemesis will be the place to develop your coffee palette.

Their sustainable menu will include locally sourced ingredients, farm-to-table style, to pair with their coffees. If that’s not enough, their pastry chef is Kirk Switzer—whose culinary experience includes working at San Francisco’s legendary Tartine Bakery.

Polygon Gallery members will also receive a discount when Nemesis opens in early 2019 at 101 Carrie Cates Court in Lower Lonsdale.


New to the drive, Livia is a self-proclaimed “boutique bakery with a lot of soul.” Their space offers 40 seats inside, and another dozen on the covered sidewalk patio.

Owners Claire Livia and Jordan Pires will operate Livia as a bakery-café in the daytime, and a relaxed, eastern Mediterranean trattoria in the evening.

You'll be delighted by their farmer’s market-style menu of saffron croissants and custom macarons, their mosaic floors, marble-topped curving bar and floral installations complement their artful menu. They opened their doors for the first time on January 15th 2019, so stop by for a visit at 1399 Commercial Drive.

Dalina on West Broadway

Doing more of what they do best at their popular Chinatown location, Dalina is set to open their second location in early 2019 at 992 West Broadway.

Did you know the word barista means bartender in Italian? Dalina offers authentic Italian espresso–or, if you fancy, Italian cocktails—thanks to their liquor license.

Peruse their beautiful shelves of grocery items and fresh flowers or sit down for a meal made from fresh, local ingredients—like their Nordic Pear Granola,\ or delectable Tuna Confit.

Opening a new Vancouver cafe? We’d love to hear your plans and share your story. Reach out to our team at

Photo courtesy of Livia Sweets Instagram @liviasweets

Photo courtesy of Livia Sweets Instagram @liviasweets

Photo courtesy of Dalina’s Instagram @dalinavancouver

Photo courtesy of Dalina’s Instagram @dalinavancouver

Photo courtesy of Livia Sweets Instagram @liviasweets

Photo courtesy of Livia Sweets Instagram @liviasweets

Kathy Chan