|Cuisine Type |||Coffee Shop, Sandwiches, Bakeries|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Lunch, Teas, Breakfast|
|Payment |||Interac, Cash|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver Lower Mainland|
|Getting There |||#4, #50 to False Creek/Granville Island|
|Sun – Sat: 7AM - 8PM|
Profile Last Updated: May 13, 2009
It's safe to say that in 1979 Granville Island was a very different place than it is today. That is, except for the Blue Parrot Espresso Bar, which claimed its prime spot way back then in now-famous Public Market. With an uncontested view of the city and floor to ceiling windows that let the sunshine stream in year round, this little coffee stand is more than just that. Aside from offering specialty espresso drinks and freshly baked goods, it also acts as a destination spot on the Island, the perfect meeting place, and serves a flavour of local foods and hot beverages to warm any visitor or resident, even on the rainiest of days.
This family-owned and operated espresso stand with a choice of ground floor and loft seating was named after the competing bar in the old Hollywood film Casablanca, but it's anything but predictable. Rich with regulars as well as first-timers, the Blue Parrot Espresso Bar offers generations of European experience in espresso making and perks such as milk alternatives and syrup flavourings to make sure that every cup is made according to your individual preferences.
These days, a coffee shop can hardly call itself one if it doesn't provide edible options as well. The Blue Parrot bakes fresh pastries such as hot strudels and homestyle cinnamon buns daily, as well as breakfast sandwiches. If it's later in the day, be sure to ask for their specialty: a grilled sandwich on fresh focaccia bread from a nearby bakery.