My Vancouver Study Grind Guide

It’s that time of the year again- finals season 😦 Admit it, a lot of us don’t do any hardcore studying until at least 2 weeks before exams (although yes we should be studying all year round..). This year, I’ve found that studying in public areas helps me focus on the task at hand a lot better than the comfiness of my room so I’ve been able to do my share of coffeeshop/cafe hunting lately. Here’s just a small list of some places that I’ve found good for study sesh time 🙂

(p.s. these just happen to be around my bus route to school so I’m more likely to go to these ones)

Bean Around the World

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I recommend the one on West Hastings near Victory Square since it’s close to downtown and has a great set of window seats for some more-than-decent natural lighting (helps with keeping you awake when you’re ploughing through textbooks and notes). There’s a decent amount of seating, food/drink isn’t bad but it can get pretty busy sometimes and maybe even loud so I’d recommend plugging in your earphones and listening to your lecture recordings or music of your choice.

Bean Around the World on Urbanspoon


Basho Cafe 

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Afternoon Set

Read my previous post about this place here!

Basho Cafe on Urbanspoon



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Read it hereeeee.

Coffeebar on Urbanspoon




Great coffee and great staff but very limited seating. Every time I give this place a visit (with the exception of one time), I can only afford to grab a coffee to go. The coffee is crazy good too, it’s musty and strong; no milk needed. If you can snag a seat here, it’s definitely a great place to stay and smell the beans. Great decor and good choice of music. Since seating is so limited, the noise levels aren’t too crazy so you can probably concentrate on your textbooks without too much trouble (I hope).

Revolver on Urbanspoon


Matchstick Coffee

Thanks to Matchstick opening up a new location in Chinatown, it’s much more easily accessible to me than the old location. Very decent coffee, nice staff, great seating, and plentiful amounts of natural light if you get the right seats.

Matchstick Coffee on Urbanspoon


Platform 7

This place is definitely a gem and it’s not too far from Basho Cafe either. Platform 7 oozes with style as it’s modelled to look like an old European train station. It’s rustic, it feels authentic and I love it. Friendly staff and delightfully good coffee. I’ve yet to try their baked good though. Not as much natural lighting as the previous establishments but it works!

Platform 7 on Urbanspoon



I know that Starbucks, Blenz, and Waves are reasonable options too but c’mon, why go to those places when there are plenty of coffee gems out there?

There are a lot of places I haven’t been to and I’d love to hear any suggestions for other good coffee/study places so shoot them my way! 🙂

Hope this list gives you more choices to enjoy some good food along with your textbooks. Happy studying to all you students out there!