They say that Mediterranean-style breakfasts are some of the healthiest in the world. And while we want to echo that, we’ll also add that they’re some of the most delicious, too. From savoury Turkish pastries to flaky, pistachio-filled baklava, there are simply too many flavours to pick a favourite. And for the coffee lovers out there, you can’t go wrong with Turkish coffee (and a cheeky coffee ground reading to go with it).

So, with that in mind, here are 5 spots for Turkish coffee and pastries to check out in Vancouver.

Simit Bakery


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We’re starting off this list with hands down one of our favourite spots for breakfast in the city. Whether you’re looking for a hearty sit-down meal or for something tasty to go, Simit Bakery has no shortage of authentic Turkish pastries & beverages to choose from. Fluffy pogacha (savoury feta-stuffed buns), mouthwatering bourek, and a selection of bagel sandwiches are just the start. Our advice? Go with a soucuk (beef sausage) & mozzarella-stuffed bagel and go from there. Just make sure to save room for dessert! Try their classic baklava or award-winning basque cheesecake.

Where: 191 West Broadway and 𝟤𝟤𝟨𝟪 West 4th Avenue

Pistachio Sweetery Cafe

This spot might be a newcomer to the city, but it’s already garnered a rep for having some of the best cheesecake around. The dessert-focused cafe is 100% halal, and has a plethora of Middle Eastern pastries and sweets to choose from – including authentic kunafa and baklava. And since pistachios are a staple product of the region, the name definitely stands out. Don’t forget to check their socials for their next Arabian Music Night!

Where: 686 Seymour Street

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Cafe Portrait


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Cafe Portrait is probably one of the most unique finds you’ll stumble across in Vancouver. Located just minutes away from English Bay, the Turkish-owned cafe is the epitome of art meets coffee, with a side of jazz to go with it. In terms of their menu, guests can expect a mix of hearty brunch dishes, shakshuka, pastries, and coffee beverages. Pro-tip: Take your Turkish coffee (brewed over hot sand!) and sit by the window to people-watch.

Where: 1120 Denman Street

The Golden Horn Turkish Bakery & Cafe

Another great spot for authentic eats, The Golden Horn specializes in making “traditional baklava and boreks.” The unassuming spot on Cambie Street is a great place to unwind and enjoy some comfort food (peep their red lentil soup and pide!) – plus, they’ve got another location at the Convention Centre along the seawall. And in terms of drinks, they’ve got everything from Turkish coffee and tea to Ayran (cold yogurt-based drink).

Where: 2857 Cambie Street

Koja Cafe 

This spot might technically be in North Van, but its home in Lower Lonsdale is a mere seabus stop away, so we couldn’t not include it. With delicious pour-over options, local art to peruse, and of course, Turkish coffee to sip on, Koja is a great spot to settle in for an afternoon or evening, especially since it hosts tons of different events and performances.

Where: 239 Street Georges Avenue

And that’s a wrap on some great spots for Turkish coffee & pastries, Vancouver! Happy dining.