Downtown Eastside Specialty
172 Powell St., Downtown Eastside
Pastry chef Eleanor C. Waterfall cut her teeth in several of Vancouver’s best kitchens before going solo with Cadeaux. The display cases are loaded with cakes covered in fairy-tale-looking icing, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, and croissants. Skip the straight chocolate and go for a mocha-pecan cookie or Earl Grey-infused London fog cake.
The Birds & The Beets
55 Powell St., Downtown Eastside
Aside from the coffee, a hyper-healthy menu of sprouted grain salads, pickles, bircher muesli, and house-made kombucha makes this all-wood café more than just a morning drop-in. There's ample seating and free wifi—a godsend for anyone a mission to catch up on some work—plus, to sweeten the deal, front-of-house is devoted to a tight fresh-flower edit, loaves of just-baked bread, and jars of some of the best granola in town.