August 05, 2015
Kranky Cafe in Mount Pleasant
Our never-ending quest to find independent and unique coffee bars in Vancouver continued with a trip to Mount Pleasant. Near Main Street and 4th Avenue there's an interesting mix of retail, semi-industrial and residential; a neighbourhood in transition I suppose, like much of this city.
Slightly east of Main on 4th, across from a tyre shop, is Kranky Cafe. Unassuming, unpretentious and quite wonderful.
There are breakfast and lunch items including freshly made sandwiches, wraps and soups. The pies look fantastic and everything is made in house.
Indoor or outdoor seating, both are pleasant enough.
The coffee was fine. The espresso was strong without a bitterness. A proper espresso cup might have been better, but in this case that is a quibble. The latte was certainly acceptable too.
Decent service, interesting clientele and a nice atmosphere that invokes a New York City sensibility; part of a neighbourhood, yet with an urban attitude.
Sherry has visited Kranky Cafe several times, whatever that tells you, and Jeem will be back one day too. On hot summer days they serve affogato, which should be incentive enough.
Photos by Jeem. Copyright 2015 by Jim Murray.