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This Port Moody cafe sits inside of a 100-year-old heritage site

Art exhibits, standout furniture and espresso all in one

What’s better than enjoying a steaming hot cup of coffee? Nothing; except, perhaps, drinking it in a gallery surrounded by a vibrant community of artists and art lovers.

Located in a 100-year-old heritage home in Port Moody, Grit Cafe is a space for local painters, sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists to showcase their work, as well as an occasional venue for live music performances, art shows and pop-up markets in the community. Not to mention, of course, a purveyor of excellent espressos, sandwiches and rotating baked goods—Grit is a one-stop shop for anyone seeking a wholesome cafe experience in the Tri-Cities.

Owners Cezar Salaveria and Rose Samaniego opened the cafe in 2020—one of the hardest years for any independent shops to stay alive—with the purpose of creating a warm, conversation-starting space with quality coffee and friendly counter service. A craftsman himself, Salaveria has built all of the tables and chairs in the cafe as well as a few statement pieces (such as a clawfoot bathtub couch) creating a unique space that inspires creativity.

Grit’s espresso alone is reason enough to stop by. Taking pride in the quality of their beans, they use Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ “Hair Bender” espresso blend as the special base for all of their coffee-based drinks. Expect unique notes of sweet citrus, chocolate and raisin in every cup.

The cafe also offers an enticing selection of sandwiches, baked goods, and a wide range of vegan and gluten-free options that cater to multiple dietary restrictions. We couldn’t resist going for their tuna toast, gooey grilled cheese (and, for dessert) pecan tart and carrot cake, all of which made our taste buds sing with joy.

Truly a jack-of-all-trades, Grit Cafe is an essential spot to visit for those seeking a unique food and cultural experience in Port Moody, otherwise known as the “city of arts.” If you’re seeking inspiration, a cozy place to sit, or a just damn good cup of coffee, there’s no better place to have it all than at Grit.

Address: 2419 Clarke St., Port Moody