A hot spot for college and university students "grinding" it out while studying for their mid-term exams. Open until midnight daily.
There isn't really a whole lot here besides the 24-hour label that makes it better (or worse) than any other coffee shop. It is a Waves equivalent that is darker and cheaply furnished, with strange pop-art paintings sold at questionable prices. Free internet and all-night service keeps this place at the top of my list of places to go during exam season, though, and the baristas are friendly enough.
It's easy to mistake this cafe as a tiny place from outside. Once you come in and get a big waft of humid air at the door and take a peak over the counter, you'll find a large space waiting to be filled with anxious students at 4am.
I came here a few times to study during my post secondary days and other times joining my fellow minions to keep them entertained while they tried to stay awake before next days due paper or exam. I haven't gotten much outside the baked goods and their caffinated drinks. Even not considering that they're open 24 hours, it's pretty good. Prices are OK too considering these types of places usually charge a little more, albeit discretly.
It's rustic and worn in. The woodfloors creak, the walls covered with ads, the wooden chairs and heavy, school tables are uncomfortable, it's cold inside and the place sometimes reek of urine in the back but you get free WiFi and the counterperson doesn't bother you.
This place certainly pays homage to a pit, but I can't help but think this is exactly what the owners are going for since this place has looked exactly the same for years. It's no dive and the coffee's and cookies are pretty good so I'd be willing to say I hope this place never changes.
this place is a solid little coffee shop with sweets and some real food as well, but once inside make your way to the back room it has huge tables and plenty of elbow room. the place is laid back and seems to welcome you weather you are a student pulling an all nighter or a motorcycle touring club, you will find this place friendly with room to remove gear without hurting bystanders.
Free internet and 24hours.
The food selection is not bad and they offer my favourite Tea, African nectar, which is good. The cookies is delicious too. But the smell inside the shop was bad at the time I was there, and made me don't want to stay. The server lady somehow wasn't too friendly.
Came here for a caffeine hit and a place to focus on some work (I live in the neighborhood) and was appalled when I added the slightest smidge of cream and my whole americano turned pale creamy beige... a sip confirmed that the espresso was no-where near properly extracted. Asked them to re-make it, and I watched them run water through the same un-tamped grounds twice, until the water was running clear, and then top up the last third with warm-ish water that had been sitting around.
This was the first time in my life that I've demanded a refund for coffee... nearly $4 for the worst coffee I've ever tasted?! I don't think so.
I won't be back.
The beauty of the Grind isn't so much that it offers great food or service, but that it's a nice 24 hour alternative to Denny's.
The coffee's alright, I highly recommend the Peach Jasmine Cool Tea thing, it's delicious. The service is pretty average, sometimes if you come in really late they'll give you good deals and whatnot. They're usually friendly and outgoing.
It's definetly the place to go for an all-night study session or to catch up with an old friend.
I like taking my friends to The Grind, especially if we are looking for a late-night / early-morning hang out. This place is open 24 hours, and there are always people in the place.
Coffee is self-service (baristas only, no servers), but that really doesn't bother me much. People go there, mostly to study, or to chat with friends - although I don't understand how anyone can really study at a coffee shop.
The artwork on the walls is always very interesting to see, and I always like to take a few minutes to look around to see what's up on the walls.
The decor is quite basic, aside from the paintings, but it's still a solid place to go - and it's become a staple of Main Street.
The last review of this place said that they are open all night. Not true anymore. They close at midnight. The back "study" area is still great, but, second hand smoke wafts from the front to the back. I was there for 9 1/2 hours. I was very comfortable, and had a lot of space to spread out. But, i had to deal with 2nd hand smoke the whole time i was there. I thought that it was just pedestrians walking by smoking that was causing the smoke to come in. It was pretty steady, but i was busy writing a paper, and figured that there was nothing i could do about it, as you can't tell people that they can't smoke while they walk by the place. After about 8/9pm, i could still smell it, and it was pretty steady at this point. I went out to the front and saw 4 men sitting right by the door smoking. City bylaw states that a person smoking, must be at least 6 metres from a public entrance. When i said something to the girl behind the counter, pointing out that not only were they breaking a city bylaw, but that i had been breathing in second-hand smoke all day, and would she please ask them to stop or move when they smoke, her response was, "I don't want to do that, they are regulars". My response was that it was really bothering me and i had been subject to it all day, and again reminded her of the bylaw. Again, she said that she wasn't going to ask them to stop, because they are regulars. I ended up leaving. It was about 11:15, but i had planned to stay till midnight when they closed. I was not impressed. I have since filed a complaint with the City, and they will be going out to see what's going on. My guess is, that they will show up and find people smoking by the door, unless those 4 guys only show up at night. Nonetheless, i will not go back there, until that issue is resolved, which is too bad, because, i really like it there, and so did my friend who met me there for awhile, but he doesn't like the smoke either. He was only there a few hours with me and said it bothered him too. The food certainly isn't what draws me there, but the relative quiet and space there is to spread out. It wasn't very busy, but it was Labour Day weekend. As the school year gets underway, it will be busier i'm sure.
Coffee shop located on king edward and main is actually offered you best place for hang-out and stay-in.
First of all, I want to give them rate 2 due to self service, however they provide other services such as 24 hours and free internet connection. It's hard now finding a place to study and work overnight in Vancouver whereas no scumbag around. In brief, 4-star indicated all the facility they have as well.
The coffee is good. My favorite cup is medium green tea frapucinno... One of my friend tried their capucino and he said that was good. Between 2 to 6 am, they usually sold their bakery cheap (but that's still good).. So, it give you value as well.
The ambiance is what make me stayed there overnight. They got lotta artistic picture and piano on the edge where people can play around. :)