Opening day at Basho Cafe and Sweets


Utilizing the talents of the Kawai family, Basho Cafe and Sweets has taken a stark, modern retail space and warmed it up with beautiful woodwork and colourful fabrics. Their handiwork can be found in every corner of the cafe including the stained glass, knitwork, furniture, pottery and even their business cards made using their own handmade paper.

Basho Cafe uses coffee from Strathcona's Handworks Coffee Studio which until now was found at farmers markets around Vancouver. The cafe has pour over coffee using a wire frame dripper from Nagoya's Matsuya Coffee Co. along with serving up espresso drinks. Basho's tea menu is sourced from North Vancouver's The Teaguy.

Their talents extend into the kitchen with experience operating eateries in Japan and Vancouver. They serve up a breakfast sandwich in the morning and a few lunch options that currently includes a Tuna Tataki, Teri Pulled Pork and Basho Veggie which can be ordered as a rice bowl, salad or sandwich. The display cases are also filled with a healthy section of baked treats (cookies, alfajores, brownies, chiffon cakes) most incorporating Japanese ingredients like matcha, goma miso and mochi.


Basho Cafe and Sweets | | 2007 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, V5L 1V2 | 604-428-6276

Monday to Friday 9AM - 4PM

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photos, openingsLawrence Lee