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Vancouver's Wicked Cafe Hits the Spot

By BAY OLIVER
Published: September 9, 2008

Wicked Cafe, on the corner of Hemlock and 7th in the trendy South Granville Area has been a favourite with locals for the past couple of years. However, under the watchful eye of the managers and baristas extraordinaire the cafe has gone from a quiet street corner brew house to a bustling weekend coffee palace (okay, palace may be an exaggeration, but this place makes amazing coffee).

The espresso pulled at Wicked Cafe is not only extremely smooth and creamy, it is also frequently adorned with competition-winning latte art. In fact, the manager at the cafe judges barista competitions all over the world and personally trains all bar staff himself. In a nutshell, you can expect a delicious beverage every time.

However, because of the cafes popularity there is more often than not a line up for coffee and a wee wait to receive your order. So, if a quick take out coffee is your style you may want to think again. Having said that, this take out culture is not what Wicked Cafe is trying to promote. Think Italy and standing at the bar with a cappuccino in the morning, munching on a pastry of some description and passing idle chatter with your neighbour. This is what Wicked is about, and with communal tables and closely positioned seating throughout a spontaneous conversation or three is always on the cards.

Wicked Cafe carries a wide assortment of muffins, pastries and cookies, and if a lunchtime sandwich is on the cards, definitely stop by. People swear by Wicked Cafe's sandwiches, they are filling, delicious and served hot from the toaster. Winter brings seasonal soups along with hot oatmeal to start your day.

The good news for downtown coffee lovers is that Wicked Cafe has opened at a new location downtown.

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