Written by Lori Thiessen
A friend and I met for coffee the other week at a coffee shop neither one of us had been to before.
On Twelfth Street in New Westminster (a suburb of Vancouver), is the Village Coffee Lounge.
It is quite a small place but with a real homey atmosphere. There is an old upright piano resting comfortably in the back. Brass instruments adorn the walls. Live music concerts take place here from time to time. Phone to find out when the next event will be happening: (604) 522-8567.
There is a table inlaid with a checkerboard for those who want to play checkers or chess. Most of the other furniture is a mish-mash of styles, ages and rickety-ness. Very charming.
My friend tried the hot chocolate and I tried the maple spice latte. Though my friend didn’t comment on her hot chocolate, I must say that the maple spice latte was wonderful.
It is a regular cappucino but made with maple syrup, nutmeg and other spices and topped with a dusting of brown sugar.
I also had a zucchini muffin which was moist and flavourful. I’ve never seen a zucchini muffin anywhere else so it must be freshly made by either the owner or a local baker.
We spent about an hour there and I was heartened to notice that people kept popping in and out; a city workman, a senior gentleman, a young mother, a courier, among others chose this small, unassuming place to get their mid-morning pick-me-up.
You can find the Village Coffee Lounge at:
705 12th Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 4J7