49th Parallel Coffee Roasters endeavours to source the world's finest coffee beans and roast them to satisfy discerning palates. With a true passion and dedication for specialty coffee, we are committed to offering only the freshest, highest quality coffee to our customers.
Constantly packed, brimming with hip, 20-40-year-olds in their trendy, laid-back clothes and bicycles parked out front, 49th Parallel is the place I like to study, talk and be seen, if I can find a place to sit. That's pretty hard though, whether it's 1PM or 10PM, and both sides of the coffee/doughnut shop are constantly crowded with everything from young parents with their kids to students and aspiring writers, working away on their laptops. It's a great place if you can find some room, and I really love it there.
The coffee is of high quality, and I recommend the iced coffee as well as their lattes. Their famous doughnuts are extremely hit-and-miss however, but feel free to live dangerously and try the more extravagant ones they push out (all made in house, in view). Their basic ones are probably the best, but every now and then you'll find a more exotic one (such as the salt and caramel) that is delicious. More often than not they aren't, but they switch up the selection a lot, so keep trying. As a rule, if there's mint in it, I stay away. They really manage to screw those ones up.
There's also a lot to be said for the people working there. They manage the long lines and huge crowds very well, coming off genuine and pleasant to everyone coming through. Occasionally they'll forget a drink, so if it's been awhile, remind them! With so many coming through, it happens from time to time.
Get over to 41st Parallel next time you're in the mood for coffee; just remember that it could very well be full, and the nearby options (Starbucks, JJ Bean etc) often fill up pretty quickly too, especially during exam season and the weekend. This is my favourite coffee shop.
This place has wonderful ambience, and as well great food and service. The design of the place is serene and at the same time unpretentious.
Coffee of all varieties is outstanding and topping the coffee is both the hot chocolate and mochas. What is lacking at least for me are savoury foods including sandwiches. While the donuts and sweet buns look great and I am told taste wonderful a selection of non sweet foods would be a great addition to the menu. Still despite this omission.....the place is worth a visit.
Must say probably best hot chocolate Ive had so far in Vancouver, have to try Thomas Haus havent made it there yet, be sure to ask for extra hot otherwise luke warm, but high quality
The donuts are ok, better then usual but nothing that makes you say wow WOW
i love the place, everything seems really natural and good, the coffee seems to be the real deal. the only bad thing i see here is that there almost never sit for people to go in. besides that i think its a great place with a great service and food. some things are a little pricy but it's worth it
I do not consider myself much of a coffee person but I loved the coffee and service offered here in 49th. Their Venezuelan coffee was fresh and didn’t taste anything fabricated, like in many other coffee shops popping up here and there. The baristas know their stuff, which made me fall over for a cup. Their lattes also looked pretty good. I also indulged in some donuts (peanut butter and jelly in case you were wondering), on insistence of a friend, and found them delicious. Making the line was worth it! Before leaving I even bought an extra pair Lucky donuts to take home. Caution though, they were a bit expensive! But worth trying.
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