Uprising Breads bakery offers an array of freshly baked breads, desserts and pastries as well as a selection of salads, soups and sandwiches.
Thought I would give this place a shot since I had heard it's been here for a long time. Let's start off by saying, the place is dirty. Nobody cleaned up any tables or mess on the floor in the whole time I was there. The restroom was nasty as well. Service was OK, typical coffee shop girls that you can tell are bored and not happy. At least they were nice enough. Now, the food. I tried a cookie, brownie, pastry and an iced tea. First of all, the display case they have all the goodies in is wide open at the back and they have a ceiling fan blowing full blast in the hot shop so of course all the things I tried were dried out. They tasted decent though, but if they are dried out, there really isn't any point buying anything from here. Maybe the owner should invest in protecting the freshness of what they serve! The iced tea was nasty though. I have no idea what they made it with but it was bitter. I didn't try the bread unfortunately, and maybe this is why they are kinda well known, but after this experience there really is no point to go back. It's just another bakery in Metro Vancouver that doesn't care anything about real quality, but only care about making fast cash. What a let down!
Came here once as the atmosphere drew me in...colourful, pretty old building. Baked goods are decent.. though the scones are hard and bland and their coffee is always bitter (even with the addition of sugar and cream, mind you.) Apart from maybe 1 or 2 of the counter staff the rest seem quite awkward and avoid eye contact sometimes..kinda rude. Go for their soup and savory items.
Uprising Breads has long been a fixture in the Commercial Drive area. Founded on the ideals of communisim, uprisng breads seeks to promote it's nonsuperiorital work environment. Popular amongst cocaine addicts, the homeless, the mentally ill and the exhippies, it is always a colorful place to enjoy a coffee. One day you may see a neonazi in full uniform, while the next you may see a transgendered man in a burka, and another a black jewish man talking to himself; it's that diverse. Not only is the food of reasonable quality, but the staff are also very inteligent; A mixed consortium of exheroin users, anarchists and college dropouts, they've always got something interesting to say. Sometimes their change counting is a little off, but it's not because they're bad people, but rather from effects of last nights bong smoking, still lingering in their consciousness. Pot smoking, by the way is allowed if not encouraged on the outside chairs, and the staff have heroin overdose counteracting medication, as well as the necessary training to deal with the situation when it arises; which it frequently does. Overall the ambience is similar to that of an opium den: which wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination to call it one. Homosexual clowns, morbidly obese people and psychotic vietnam vetrans are also common sites. Uprising Breads is hence not a place for the family. Nor should it be. However it reprsesnts an outlet of youthful anger; which is accomplished by merging their opposing communist ideals with that of a capatalist society. Uprising Breads is, and has been a brewing pot for a revolution. When it will arrive they don't even know.
I remember Uprising when I was going to Britannia School in the 80's and it has really grown since then. You know with so many coffee shops opening and closing, this one has really proven itself that it's successful. I like the decor..nothing fancy but just funky and fun at times. The coffee is always good and hot and the baked goods is baked at the premise, unlike some places, they still get their stuff contracted out.
I've been going to Uprising almost every day for the last 10 years. The coffee is decent. The baked goods are OK. The espresso drinks are brutal.
Even though I've been there a few thousand times, no one has ever bothered to aknowledge me as a regular customer. It might as well be my first time every time I go. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for a "Cheers," where everybody knows my name. I don't know what I want. Just some coffee I guess.
Oh whatever. Go there if you are in the 'hood and want a decent coffee. Don't go out of your way to go there. And, by all means, don't say hi to me if you see me there.