For years Squamish has barely been on the radar of those millions of people who pass through it enroute to Whistler. Known as the Adventure Capital of Canada, it’s finally coming into its own as a destination. And not just for adventure. It’s grown leaps and bounds, and has a cool variety of Squamish cafés, restaurants, and coffee shops. Here are the top spots that I’d consider to be the best cafes in Squamish if you’re looking for the best coffee, a yummy pastry, or a cool spot for breakfast or lunch.
Best Squamish Cafés
Zephyr Café Squamish
If you’ve hung out with me in Squamish, chances are we’ve gone to Zephyr Café to refuel after a hike. This is one of the most eclectic cafes I’ve ever been too, right down to the toys used as table numbers. However my favourite thing about this Squamish coffee shop (in addition to the coffee, obviously) and that the menu is almost entirely gluten-free and/or vegan. There are so many options it’s hard to decide what to get (the Zephyr cookie is always a good idea). They also have a great little patio on which you can enjoy your tea or coffee. Open early and late.
Known as “The Farm” to locals in Squamish, Cloudburst Café is one of the coffee shops that shares a space with other food and drink and retail operators. If you’re looking for a Squamish café that offers great coffee and gluten-free treats that’s family friendly, this is it. Furthermore, Locavore food truck and Alice and Brohm ice cream, as well as some cool retail shops, share a common outdoor space that boasts a play area for kids so there’s something for everyone. There’s also great wifi and lots of indoor and outdoor spaces for anyone working remotely. Parking can be limited here so consider parking at Garibaldi Village (in front of Canadian Tire) and walking over.
You may not recognize this Squamish café by name however Caffe Garibaldi is the amazing little coffee shop tucked into the Adventure Centre. This is a great place to stop for coffee in Squamish, even on a rainy day, because of the massive floor to ceiling windows and natural light. Plus it’s always interesting to see what activities are taking place in Squamish while you let your kids burn off energy in the play area. Try their espresso and croissants, or one of the paninis.
The café deserves a page to itself but suffice to say, it’s a legendary Squamish café amongst locals and those in the know for its breakfast and brunch. Off the beaten path from downtown, Fergie’s Café is hands down one of the best Squamish cafés – even considered one of the best restaurants in the Sea to Sky corridor – and well worth the extra miles to get here. Situated on the river, Fergie’s started as a ramshackle shack and due to a fire in 2018 and being located on the flood plain, recently reopened to a stunning architectural marvel. Seriously, it’s gorgeous. The menu is still solid and the location cannot be beat.
Be sure to stop by these Squamish cafés next time you’re in town or passing through on your way to Whistler. You can find all of of locations saved on Google maps here: https://goo.gl/maps/zfWGxqqrVQ4TV1br6.