Joe’s Cafe is an institution on the Commercial Drive strip. There’s actually a Joe. He and his brother opened the place in 1974.
Joe’s is packed during the World Cup, especially and obviously when Portugal is playing. There was a bit of misunderstanding with some lesbians in 1991 but for the most part, it’s a popular neighbourhood hangout.
Students, moms, and old guys were sipping Joe’s amazing cappuccinos on the day I went. Some were enjoying the free wi-fi.
The cappuccinos ($3.50) here are classic: a frothy tower of milk on top of slightly sweet, hot espresso. Not bitter and not lukewarm. Just right.
Joe’s offers an assortment of pastries stored in plastic boxes on the counter, but I’m pretty sure they’re not store-bought. I had a passable pasteis de nata as a snack.
If we lived in the neighbourhood, I know we’d be here almost every day for our caffeine fix and local gossip.
Joe’s Cafe, 1150 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, (604) 255-1046. CASH ONLY.