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Urban Fare Yaletown – Vancouver

August 8th, 2009 · No Comments

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In the heart of extremely trendy Yaletown is Urban Fair – this grocery store/cafe is so trendy, perhaps it isn’t in the heart of Yaletown so much as it is the actual heart of yaletown. That one I’ll leave to the urban anthropologists – I’m just the food guy.

Anyway, if you need very pricey groceries, Urban Fair is the place to go. I am sure that in their marketing department, someone will call it a “grocery experience” shortly before using the words “hip, hot, and happening”, but in actuality, it’s just a very nice grocery store with a cafe tacked on to the front. Yes, it’s beautiful inside and it’s full of beautiful people. Their other stores in Coal Harbour and in the Shangri-La are also beautiful (especially the latter) and both also have sit-down food areas where you can get a sandwich, an espresso, and read the paper on one of Vancouver’s beautiful weekend mornings.

The sandwiches aren’t usually that bad – with the exception of the one you see in the picture above. This was a smoked gouda (I think) and maybe provolone sandwich – from far (I need to start wearing my glasses more often) it looked like a sliced turkey sandwich and I didn’t think to ask. Instead, i got this cheese bomb of a sandwich that, while tasty, was basically a huge glop of melted cheese between two super-thin slices of bread. So it goes. A sandwich like this could be had anywhere.

D and I read the paper, drank some delicious San Pelligrino Limonata ($4.99 for a 6-pack of cans at the Buy Low in the Kingsgate Mall (bring your knife though) – I think I had one of the tiny bottles for about $2.50 at Urban Fare) and watched an asian lady hop out of her van with a garbage bag, shove it into one of Urban Fare’s garbage cans, and quickly drive off – I wasn’t quite sure what that was all about, but we left soon after…

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling. Yes, they have some tasty lunch/brunch items, their selection of items in the grocery store is great, their produce is beautiful, and the polished concrete and chrome shelving gives it the trendy industrial-chic look that looks great. I agree with Ritchie in marketing that yes, it is a “grocery experience”. If you can get a seat on a weekend morning, it’s a truly pleasant place to read the paper, have a snack and an espresso and start the day. But just remember to bring your tattoos, huge sunglasses, cheek implants, $300 jeans, and shirt with skulls on it so you’ll fit in with the crowd.

Urban Fare Yaletown
177 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y1
Tel: (604) 975-7550

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Tags: Brunch · Cafe · Kid-friendly · Vancouver

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