Waves Coffee House serves drip coffee, espresso based coffee drinks, tea and other beverages as well as light snacks. Waves offers free Wi-Fi in their cafes.
I've been in Waves a few times, walking pass at any hour, and love their fresh baked goods to their coffee. When I have time, I like to sit at a window, drink my coffee and people watch. It can be busy at times, due to their popularity, and the service is friendly & helpful.
If you're in the area of lower lonsdale and want relax, nice stop to enjoy your coffee, this place is a great way to start or end your day.
As a recent graduate from university, and soon-to-be graduate student, I find myself living strange hours. I go to sleep around four AM, get up around noon. Love it while you can eh? My real problem has always been finding somewhere to go out, late at night, for food/coffee/somewhere to study that doesn't have the distractions of home. Waves fits the bill, and I'd wager 90% of its clientele (from the the looks of things) are fellow students, or ex-students.
The food is quite good, but not being an actual restaurant, it's hard to give it more than three stars. Good selection of junk food for those who don't care about their waist lines, but there are things like flax bars for health nuts like myself - that's a welcome departure from most coffee shops which won't sell anything not loaded with sugar or fat.
Service is... slow. Barristas vary widely in quality, and so I've never really had a consistently good drink there. It's never been bad, and it's always better than any Starbucks, but the real discrepancy in quality from server to server really does show. The actual quality of the coffee is quite high. I'd say 7.5/10 - it's organic and fair trade, and fresh roasted, which puts it ahead of most chain coffee stores (hint: Starbucks).
Ambiance is both nice, and not so nice. Nice is the modern decor, the comfy leather chairs, and relaxed atmosphere. Not nice is the drafty door, the crowded and often loud premises (many people clacking away on laptops and discussing subjects is never quiet). It's a bit claustrophobic - when busy, the place is really packed, and far too loud.
Overall, though, an outstanding package. Open all the time, with tasty junk and health food, quality coffee, and baristas who usually make a very fine drink. Hard to beat a solid coffee shop that never closes, especially for a coffee connoisseur and night-owl like myself!
This place is fantastic. As one of the only places on the North Shore open late (it's actually 24 hours), it also offers wireless access which is perfect for students like me. The sitting area is large, and there's a bar that faces the window with electrical outlets every few seats for laptops. The service staff are very friendly (you might have to wait a minute, but you will get a bright smile and a thank you) and don't hassle you if you sit there for hours with one tea as you bang away on your computer.
I go here all the time and would highly recommend it.
My friends and I first came here when we couldn't sleep one hot summer evening and found some like-minded people enjoying the wireless access, the comfy seating, the TV on the wall, and of course the coffee and cakes. I've since visited during the day and got the same friendly service as at nighttime. The decaf is good enough to take without milk or sugar. The pastries I've tried so far have been yummy. There's a variety of seating styles including regular tables, high tables, and easy chairs as well as patio seating. The dining area is spacious enough that you can have a conversation at a normal volume, and if you're working on your computer, you won't be disturbed by people yakking away.
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