Some of the best panini's in town! Homemade pastries, low carb/gluten and vegan options. Top quality organic, fair trade coffees, and excellent espresso. A nice selection of loose teas, homemade chai, and iced tea. This cafe is fully licensed, featuring Australian wines and R&B brewing.
Free wireless internet, and evening entertainment ranging from musicians, dancers to book readings and poetry nights (cover charge may apply).
Come relax in this laid back cafe with it's wrap around windows, cosy chairs, great music and of course fireplace.
Okay, I'm sorry but I thought this place was a utopia from the reviews below...
I really don't see too much of a difference between this place and the Grind further south on main (near 25th). The decor at Our Town is probably more upscale, but food, coffee, and service-wise, they are essentially carbon copies of each other... but this can be said of every self-proclaimed 'hip' independent (non-chain) coffee shop, but I digress...
I have to agree tho with a couple of the previous reviewers who pointed out that a lot of pretentious (annoying) ppl camp out at this place. I'd say tonnes of pretentious ppl hang out here... reminds me of this scene from Family Guy:
Chris: Meg you're like those ppl who sit in Starbucks and publicly write on their laptops.
(scene of Aholes in Starbucks writing on their laptops)
AHole 1: Hey getting some writin' done their buddy?
AHole 2: Ahh... yp, sitting right up here in public so everybody can watch me type my big screenplay.
AHole 1: Me too!! All real writers need to be seen writin' or otherwise what's the point, right?!?!
AHole 2: YOU SHOULD TOTALLY WRITE THAT DOWN!!!
AHole 1: OKAY, WILL YOU WATCH ME!?!?!
As anyone walking around the Main and Broadway area has likely noticed, it's certainly not lacking in coffee shops. Yet I find myself continually coming back to Our Town. They have pretty great americanos, and I really love their baking! The muffins are always fresh and delicious and they usually have a few vegan options which is pretty great. Paninis are also decent; I like that there are at least a couple of vegetarian options.
The place itself is really cozy, I love that there's a variety of seating and little corners that are kind of tucked away. I'm not sure what's up with the comments here that the clientele is pretentious...are you actually trying to instigate conversations with people or pick up a date? Sure people use the free wifi, but that's no different from any other cafe that offers it. I've never felt like people are staring or rude; gotta say, it just sounds like people's own insecurities at work there...
Anyhow, I do find the staff to be friendly and helpful when I have any quesitons about what's in a drink or the food. It's great that they're open late, I've also stopped by the evening for a beer or glass of wine. Significantly quieter place to have a beer and a conversation than the majority of pubs and restaurants in the area which is appreciated when that's what I'm in the mood for.
I love Our Town. If I feel like going somewhere after work but I can't decide if I should go to a coffee shop or a bar, I here because they have awesome coffee, and also beer and wine by the glass.
They have plenty of vegan/vegetarian food, and dairy-free and gluten-free soups and desserts as well. The food isn't hippy-dippy though, it's really quite classy. And while some giant green-coloured coffee chains (who shall remain nameless) dont' even carry Diet Coke, Our Town has sugar-free Jones Cream Soda. An outstanding call, I must say.
They have an enormous selection of reading material including the usual suspects like The Straight and WE, but also back issues of the New Yorker and the economist, and a few paperbacks and story books to boot. Every free publication under the sun is distributed here (Front, Mint, Common Ground, the Gay & Lesbian Business Directory, VIFF guides, etc).
Occassionally there is live music. People come in and play guitar and sing, and there is an old piano, though I've never seen anyone playing it. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. If you're "meeting someone for coffee" this is a great place to do it.
Although the ambience is not great and it's often crowded, I still find Our Town to be one of the most comfortable and homey cafés I have been to in East vancouver.
The drinks are generally quite good, with some exceptions like the smoothies with flax, which tasted like berries blended with oily sawdust. HOWEVER, everything else I have had drinkswise has been quite good.
As a vegan, I wouldn't say their choice of food is great, but beggars can't be choosers.
Comfortable, homey cafe, with all its l’il parts of personality. Friendly staff. Had a latte and its gooey cinnamon buns. That’s what was drew my attention, driving by and seeing ‘Gooey Cinnamon Buns’ on the prowl for my next tasteful experience. 3-shot latte made with care, with latte art and my cinnamon bun. I lost myself in my book when the cafe began to buzz. I gave up my comfy chair, to give other people a chance to enjoy this space
Great location for a cafe, a must stop for java on Broadway.
I love this place! Ever since moving into this neighbourhood I have been thrilled to find it. Incredible coffee, great baked goods, free wi-fi, and kid friendly.
I am a coffee connoisseur, to start with, and this place not only has amazing coffee but they really know their stuff. I had a long talk with the owner, who times his shots according to the depth of flavour delivered by the roast -which he is always upgrading for his client's ever evolving palate. This guy loves his coffee!
I love that they make pretty much every thing in house, and have an super-yummy vegan pumpkin muffin. The kamut scone is also really good, and they make their own panini. And if you've never had a vegan nanaimo bar made of avocado, now's your chance!
Aside from the coffee, though, is the fact that this place is something really special. It's not your typical franchised Bean Around The World, or a big gun like Blenz - it's not even just a typical family owned joint. This place is named after the play/musical Our Town, written in 1937, though it actually reminds me of a scene from It's A Wonderful Life. If you take the time to look around, you'll see that the fixtures - from the ceiling fans to the lamps - are built to resemble the time. The bentwood chairs and stuffed arm chairs are right out of that era. Familiar old time Hollywood celebs smile at you from the wall above (ok, some of them were way after '37, but they are classics). Our Town hosts music nights, and I heard rumor that a musical theater night was on its way.
This place is a gem!
Since the first day I went to Our Town I have been a regular.
Best espresso I have ever had! I lived in Rome for a year and I would say the coffee is on par with Italian standards.
The muffins are all baked in house, Id also vote the place for Vancouver's BEST Muffin!
You definately get a bang for your buck with the smoothies.
The staff is wonderful, they always remember my 'usual' and the atmosphere is as laid back as your own living room.
I honestly have never felt so at home at any cafe!
I've lived in the Main Street area for years and only recently wandered off a block away to Our Town Cafe. I'm glad I did because it's become my new favorite spot. It looks like an old Parisian cafe, wood floors, bentwood chairs, etc. I ordered my usual Americano, keeping my expectations on the conservative side, and to my surprise I received a cup of golden esspresso with a crema you could stand on with water on the side - on the side so I can control the strength to my liking. Genius! No more weak Americanos, ever! It was the best coffee I've had - anywhere - and I've been all over the world. I also appreciate that they use organic and fair trade beans.
I ordered a Boconcinni Panini ( they have like 1o different kinds ) and it was also excellent. Light, fluffy, herbed focaccia, and really good ingrediants. Very authentic.
The service was friendly and down to earth as long as you're used to the Main Street garb and vibe.
I'm really happy I wandered off my usual haunt to find this one. A real gem.
I love the coffee at Our Town, and I love the way it's served: water seperate, so yuo can add as much as you want, or as little as you want. The paninis are very good. No complaints there. The decor is functional. Some of you mentioned it's like a Parisian cafe. Not sure what part of Paris you have been to, but it doesn't look anything like a Parisian cafe. It self-consciously is styled after a typical "bohemian" west coast cafe, complete with old piano. It's charming, don't get me wrong.
The staff do their job, they are polite, nice, and all that. The clientele are annoying. This place has more Macbooks than the Apple store and it's crawling with hipsters. The annoying type that usually are from Barrie, Ontario or someplace that youth run from in order to live in the "big city." Not the type of hipster that likes music, or reads, but the kind that twitters or blogs every five seconds and spends a long time in the morning get ready, just to look like they didn't spend a long time in the morning getting ready.