1745 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC, V5N 4A4
Long before there was a Starbucks on Commercial Drive, there was Calabria.
|Cuisine Type |||Coffee Shop, Eclectic, Italian, Bakeries|
|Ambiance |||Bistro, Offbeat, Quiet Conversation, Casual|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Dessert, Dinner, Ice Cream Parlor|
|Amenities |||No Alcohol|
|Cross Street |||E. 2nd Ave.|
|Mon. – Sun.: 6AM – 12AM|
Profile Last Updated: June 25, 2008
Deep in the melting pot of international flavour along Commercial Drive sits the iconic Calabria Bar, about as close to an authentic Italian coffee shop as there is in Vancouver. Long a favourite of many, folks in these parts go out of their way and make special trips just to soak up the friendly atmosphere here while savouring the aromatic coffee blends and tasty food. Whether you choose an espresso, cappuccino or latte, the ambience here is enough to make you believe you are in Italia.
Sure, the coffee and food are great but a large part of Calabria’s appeal lies in its decor. Classic statues placed strategically throughout, marble countertops, frescoes painted on the ceiling and even hanging chandeliers make this a one-of-a-kind visual experience. Meanwhile, the melodious sound of Italian tenors rounds out the scene. Family run since 1976, you can tell just standing at the counter that this is a crew that enjoys being in the people-pleasing business.
Sandwiches and Desserts
With all that going on, one may think the food at Calabria is merely a second thought but nothing could be further from the truth. The sandwiches, pastries and gelato wonderfully hold up their end of the deal amongst the bistro chairs and cafe ambiance. Next time you're hungry try a man-size capicola sandwich or a panini. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, the sandwiches can be custom made as you stand at the counter and give direction for a "little of this and a little of that".