4 reasons why Great Dane is my favorite coffee shop in Vancouver, BC

Soooooo here are way too many pictures of one of my current favorite coffee shops in Vancouver. Meet Great Dane!!! There are a lot of incredible coffee shops in Vancouver and I've been to a good handful of them but I have to say this is one of my favorite. Here are my 4 reasons why I love this place so much:

Reason #1 - I can walk there in three minutes. Three minutes! Could it really be any closer? Well probably, but that would just be dangerous. Take a short walk through some trees, past a little park and walla!! I realize this reason might not apply to you (unless you live in my building, in which case we should hang out!) but reason #2, #3 and #4 will surely convince you to at least take a stop by.

Reason #2 - They have my favorite latte in town. I usually get lattes when I go to coffee shops because I love how creamy they are + the smooth and rich taste of espresso. I've tried a lot of lattes in Vancouver and have found some to be too milky, some to not have very quality ingredients or not to be well brewed and others to be a little too potent on the espresso side of things. I find Great Dane's lattes are my ideal balace of quality milk that is well frothed with quality brewed espresso that is flavorful and so smooth. This drink goes down really easy.

Reason #3 is their food. You can get a hearty lunch and an array of incredible snacks. They have killer sandwhiches, which you can view below, and some wonderfully monstrous scones which pair perfectly with a hot drink. I've met their chef Bruno who is a kind man and has generously allowed me to sample some of his dishes, all of which have been excellent. They also have some good gluten free options for those of you who are gluten intolerant. All in all, their food is made with excellence and has a real heartiness to it that is very satisfying and won't leave you hungry or unhappy.

Reason #4- good people. When you live three minutes away you get to know that people who work at your local coffee shop. Carson and I have also had the great privilege of meeting the manager and owner, a great mother-and-son team that has so many innovative ideas and a real love for their community. They are people who are often around and take good care of their staff and their local community members. To me, that is the kind of place I want to invest in: a shop that is willing to invest and serve their community. This Christmas season they even held a craft fair, which I got to take part in as Little Moon Market!!! What coffee shop have you ever heard of holding a craft fair?! I love it.

So I hope you will consider stopping by because it really is just sooo good, you guys. I'll put their info below so you can go take a trip. And as usual, I'd love for you to take a look at the photos. Feedback is always welcome.

P.S. - To all you artisans and makers out there who are interested in having me document their process and product, please contact me. I'd love to talk!

GREAT DANE

Address: 6011 Walter Gage Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Phone: (604) 558-2190

Hours: Generally open 7:30-5pm, Monday-Friday. Saturday 9am-3pm (thank the Lord for them being open on Saturdays)...