Vancouver Cafes: Matchstick Coffee (Chinatown)

Note: Reviews written by a coffee-loving digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability. Please also read my brief description of West Coast coffee so you’re familiar with your orders. 

Matchstick Coffee Roasters Chinatown Entrance

Matchstick Coffee Roasters Chinatown Entrance

Opened in 2014, this indie cafe is a spacious 80-seater space with high ceilings and bright lights. This Chinatown location is actually Matchstick Cafe’s second location. It’s first home is in a Fraser St. neighbourhood community and that is still where they roast their beans (and welcome visitors to say hi to the roasting team!). This newer location is a great remote work space, with standing and sitting work station options.

Matchstick Coffee Roasters Chinatown Cafe Seating

Spacious seating is great for work!

This Matchstick has set up in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Despite my ambivalences about its gentrification (having grown up in the old, actually Chinese grocery-store community), I can’t resist the coffee here. They have a selection of roasts with detailed tasting notes. If they are jibberish, don’t be shy: ask the baristas in language that works for you. My family always gets something they love even when they say, ‘I want something that’s not sour.’

Matchstick Coffee Roasters Chinatown Macchiato

Macchiato comes double shot. Drink quickly, otherwise this happens!

Lattes used to be my standard. Now, it’s macchiatos or straight pour-over black. The lovely thing about West Coast coffee is that they get their nuttiness right to go with the milk. Matchstick serves theirs double shot in (I believe) a 5oz glass. Execution every time has been pretty decent. Be sure to hang around the counter before settling in to work, as they leave the drinks there for people to pick up.

Matchstick Coffee Roasters Chinatown

Two macchiatos waiting to be claimed at the bar. Via Instagram

In addition to their coffee, the Chinatown location has a large kitchen that produces seasonal dishes, naturally leavened bread, pastries such as croissants, cookies, scones, muffins. They also have 6 local beers and ciders on tap.

Matchstick Coffee Roasters Chinatown Pastries

Selection of their daily pastries made on location!

Matchstick is also just off the Adanac / Union cycling route from downtown / False Creek through to the East side of Vancouver. That makes it a perfect pit stop on a cycling commute.

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso and pour-over filter coffee
  • Food: Pastries, breads, sandwiches, and light lunch menu
  • Cafe Space: 80-seats. Bar tables, window tables and large communal tables.
  • Friends: Hangouts & catching up
  • Workspace: Great for reading and and work. Wi-Fi available.
Address: 213 E Georgia St (at Main)
Website: http://matchstickyvr.com/
Hours: (Daily) 7am – 9pm (7:00 – 21:00)

If you liked this post, check out my list and map of Vancouver’s Best Independent Cafes (with additional contributions from the Reddit Community).

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