By Winnie Tam
White Rock isn’t just known for its beaches and picturesque scenery, it also has its fair share of charming cafes. Each one offers delicious treats and a cozy environment where you can get some work done. Next time you’re in town, check these out.
In business since 2010, Laura’s Coffee Corner offers breakfast and lunch with made-to-order, homemade soups, salads, paninis, and freshly-baked treats. The café also offers a few gluten-free and vegan options.
It’s a busy cafe with plenty of seating, including a heated, covered patio – great for these cooler months. With their free wifi, you can easily spend the morning there and work to your heart’s content!
Enjoy their popular English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich for only $4.95, which comes with a free 12oz coffee between 8 and 9am.
2-15259 Pacific Ave, White Rock
Get there on transit: From Bridgeport Station take the 351 bus all the way to White Rock, and disembark at Buena Vista Ave (at Five Corners), it’s not a far walk from there!
*Photo care of Laura’s Coffee Corner
Chez Christophe originally opened in 2013 in Burnaby Heights but has since added a second location in White Rock. The café uses fresh and local ingredients to serve up classic Swiss desserts and pastries along with treats with a more modern twist.
Their signature, must-try item is the Croissant Cube. These freshly baked cube-shaped butter croissants are filled each day with the chef’s choice of filling. Flavours are always alternating. One word: yum.
1558 Johnston Road, White Rock
Get here on transit: Take the 351 bus and disembark at North Bluff Road
*Photo care of Chez Cristophe
Verandah Café is a rustic, beachfront cafe with a hidden entrance. Their specialty is Indian fusion dishes inspired by Indian street food. All bakery items are baked fresh daily, in-house and from scratch. Their most popular dish (and for good reason!) is the Samosa Salad – a delicious mix of samosa, yogurt, tamarind chutney, chickpeas, and baby spinach, garnished with roasted cumin. Offers free wifi.
15782 Marine Drive, White Rock
Get there on transit: Take the 351 bus to North Bluff Road and transfer to the 362 bus and disembark on Marine Drive and Finlay St.
*Photo care of Verandah Café
Grounds & Greens Café is a relatively new café that opened in June 2020. Their mission is to build a community of people and families who value kindness and are committed to improving themselves, the community, and the environment.
Grounds & Greens Café serves plant-based dishes that are created with quality and creativity in mind. You will find nutritionally balanced menu items meant to nourish the body, and inspire plant-based eating. All dishes are made in-house with high-quality, often locally sourced ingredients.
The Greens Toastie is their version of an avocado toast but with an upgrade. Toasted on sourdough bread, it comes with pea and edamame hummus, crispy chickpeas, tomato jam, pickled onion, “feta” cheese, basil oil and, of course, avocado! Every bite is an explosion of flavour and it’s one of the most popular dishes on the menu. The café offers free wifi.
1369 Johnston Road, White Rock
Get there on transit: Take the 351 bus to North Bluff Road, disembark and it’s about a 5-minute walk south!
*Photos Care of Grounds and Greens