It’s official: not only have I been living under a rock, but I have been living in a rut under that rock. For far too long, until of course this September when I started this blog, I never ventured past my neighbourhood Starbucks. Even when I was in a new neighbourhood or even a differenct city, I would search out the Starbucks. Creature of habit, but well familiarity breeds, you know, contempt. I am embarrassed to admit this, but last week I visited for the first time the Milano coffee shop on 8th and Manitoba. Yes a coffee shop that has been there like forever, since 1984. A true coffee shop; not one that rest its reputation on baked goods or fancy breads and pastries. A coffee shop like Revolver that lists its coffee and asks you to choose your favourite one and then brews and steams up a very potent latte, cappuccino … you name it. Rocket fuel that will keep you going for hours.
This time I tasted Milano’s Butter espresso and had it with one of their cakes. The cake was so, so, but the coffee deserves multiple return visits just to taste all the well sourced varieties. That day they had 6 or 8 espresso on tap. Once you’ve had a few you will no doubt purchase a pound or two of their coffee beans for yourself or as a gift. The spacious cafe is a natural meeting spot for intimates or groups. On a lovely day you can sit out on Milano’s balcony that over looks the park across the street. You may be able to enjoy your Milano coffee and watch a game of soccer as well. Salute!
Milano Coffee Lounge & Tasting Bar
156 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1N2
Saturday & Sunday, 8am-6pm