Caffe Artigiano serves, without a doubt, some of the best espresso in Vancouver. And just like their Kitsilano location, Caffe Artigiano downtown on Hornby always delivers on taste, ambiance and excellent customer service. Baristas really do go above and beyond to make your experience as pleasant as possible. Instead of pouring raw sugar into my cup, I accidentally dumped artificial sweetener (yuck!) into my Americano. Fortunately, the barista made me a new drink right away, with no hassle.
I appreciate how most of their locations are large and spacious, yet still feel cozy, warm and comforting. They are the kind of coffee shops where you want to linger and leisurely sip your expertly created espresso all day long.
Tall Chocolate Freeze ($3.89) bended beverage was creamier and more flavourful than a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino. This drink actually seemed more like a grande size, than a tall, as it was quite large. My tall Americano ($2.55) was exquisitely robust, and before I diluted my drink with cream, a relatively thick crema rested on top.
This location also offers ample outdoor seating. While we were enjoying our beverages, look what we spotted across the street, at the Vancouver Art Gallery:
A ginormous, 20-foot cereal box art instillation! And guess what the ‘special prize inside’ was? That’s right, the highly anticipated release of the 2012 Honda Civic, complete with huge ‘cereal o’s’. Great marketing idea, if you ask me 🙂
Do YOU think this display should be considered art? What’s your favourite Caffè Artigiano location?