Having been to this place many times over the years i was wondering why i hadn't reviewed it... and to my surprise why no one else has and here's why. 1) This is the "IT" place to be in the west end with bands playing friday and sometimes saturday.
2) The staff are mostly all incredibly friendly and obviously happy to be working there. (I personally hate the miserable looking people at the Blenz/Starbucks in Vancouver who look at you resentfully when you order anything)
3) Alot of different artistic types frequent the place because it has a nice vibe and melriches often displays art paintings and photography for sale by local artists (its fun to watch people come in with samples of their paintings or photography and put their names on a list.. same applies with musicians)
4) It has a nice west end coffee shop atmosphere. The lights are dim but not too dark and you feel kind of relaxed and almost hypnotized by the usually awesome music that quietly plays in the background (unless they have a band then it gets loud)
5) The food is always tasty and fresh tasting and the coffee is pretty good.
And the final reason i'm surprised no one else has rated this place beforehand is because they're usually packed on any given night (especially band nights) My recommendation for drinks is try one of their many teas (I think they have like 20 types of loose leaf tea and bagged tea) On special request they can make you a dark chocolate/white chocolate mocha which is pretty unique and wonderfully sweet. For food i like the brownies (they go great with the special mocha) And the salmon and cream cheese on a bagel is pretty yummy (it comes with capers and onions) And when i sit around (sometimes for over an hour) I see alot of people at night getting breakfast which always looks good. *memo to try the breakfast.* Either way the food is outstanding but only because its served in such a nice sometimes lively... sometimes perfectly calm west end coffee shop atmosphere. Plus its nice to know your supporting a small business that seems to keep its employees happy and has fair traded beans.