The Java Hut Bakery & Cafe
Location: 767 West 16th Avenue at Willow Street.
Features: A small library, a TV, wireless internet.
Drink: Javachino ($4.75).
Other: Espresso, drip coffee, tea, smoothies, blended coffee drinks, pastries, wraps, sandwiches.
On a recommendation from a friend, I decided to check out The Java Hut Bakery & Cafe. The name sounded familiar but that might be because it’s a pretty cliche, generic coffee shop name, don’t you think? But of course, my suspicions were confirmed: The Java Hut is not so much a chain coffee shop, but a franchise brand.
Location, location, location
While The Java Hut doesn’t exactly enjoy a prime location on a major street, its location tucked away just off Cambie Street ensures that it’s never too busy or crowded. Across the street from an Italian restaurant and a hair salon, the coffee shop is surrounded by apartments and seems like a great place to go for those who live in the area but not quite a destination coffee shop for anyone who lives beyond five blocks.
Getting the goods
While there’s nothing spectacularly unique about the menu, I appreciate that they’ve got a full display case of wraps, sandwiches, and pastries to choose from. Their menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, along with the usual coffee drinks. They also offer a good selection of cold blended coffee drinks for those hot evenings in the summer when you just need to get out of the house.
I also love the set up of the coffee shop. Located right on the corner of Willow Street and West 16th, the shop has a large wrap around patio with plenty of space for a warm summer night. Inside, there are tables and chairs throughout and even a couple of couches hidden in the back. The shop has a TV, as well as a small shelf of books and magazines for people who are browsing and just killing time.
Since The Java Hut isn’t exactly convenient to get to, it really is just a local community coffee shop for those who live in the area. If you’re willing to make the trip though, it’s a nice place to spend a summer afternoon or to chat up your neighbours.
Keep checking back for the next stop on my whirlwind Vancouver coffee shop tour!
Featured photo of The Java Hut Baker & Cafe by Stephanie Ip.