🍽 What makes the perfect cafe?

Sometimes, it only starts at coffee

Hey foodies!

Is there anything more comforting than a hot cup of coffee or tea in the morning? Perhaps one accompanied by a baked good? Better yet, what about a visit to a cozy cafe—so cozy it feels like a second home—carrying everything you need to set you up for success for the rest of the day?

This week, we’re featuring one of the most iconic cafes in Port Moody—where visitors can find coffee, baked goods, and a fine selection of mixed-media art—fitting our profile of the perfect cafe. Though with so many coffee shops to choose from in the Tri-Cities, we’re curious what the “perfect” spot might look like for you. Does it have a simple or sophisticated menu? Rustic or modern decor? Is it an independent shop or part of a chain?

Let us know what you think at [email protected]!

😍 5 spots to try right now

🍗 GoGo Chicken: Juicy, crispy spicy Korean fried chicken

🍛 Chada Thai Fine Cuisine: Noodle soups, fried rice and saucy grilled meats

🍺 Moody Ales & Co: For a fine selection of craft beers in Port Moody

🍳 Jimmy’s Lunch Box: Making some of the best brunch items in PoCo

🍝 Henry’s Kitchen Pasta & Grill: Pasta classics like linguine vongole and arrabbiata

Know a great place we should add here? Reply back and let us know!


Port Moody is home to one of the best food communities in the Tri-Cities, from the iconic Murray Street “ale trail” to trendy bars, fusion restaurants, and cozy bakeries and cafes decorating every street corner.

It’s also known as the “city of arts.” A popular venue for annual festivals and art groups, Port Moody has long been a go-to destination to witness the Tri-Cities art scene with its wide selection of galleries, studios, and art classes offered to anyone interested in honing their creative skills.

It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, then, to learn that Grit Cafe—a coffee shop, art gallery, and creative interior design space all in one—is one of Port Moody’s most beloved gems. Equal parts creative art venue and cozy coffee shop (with excellent espressos, sandwiches, and baked goods), it’s an essential spot on our Tri-Cities food bucket list.

🗞 News

Drive-thru dilemma: Port Moody councillors are concerned about the presence of an A&W drive-thru in a new six-storey development on St. Johns Street potentially causing safety issues. [TriCity News]

New bubble teas in Coquitlam: Cha House, a beloved bubble tea shop specializing in a variety of milk and fresh fruit teas, is set to open in Coquitlam Centre today. [Eat Tri-Cities]

🗓 Events

Coffee Shop Pastries: This Saturday, Sept. 16, you can join a professional pastry chef to create classic coffee shop pastries like scones and crumb bars—best part is, you can take your creations home with you!

Autumnal Crafts & Treats Workshop: Coquitlam’s Mackin House is hosting a fall-themed workshop this weekend where participants can make wreaths and maple leaf candles, as well as enjoy seasonal desserts.

💸 Deals

99¢ kids meal: The Boathouse Restaurant in Port Moody is offering 99¢ kids meals with the purchase of two adult entrées every Monday until Sept. 28.

Senior lunch: Dinakis Mediterranean Grill in Port Coquitlam has a separate lunch menu for guests 65 and over with special offers for dine-in.

🤝 Job postings

Pizza cook: Panago in Port Moody is looking for a full-time pizza cook with 2-3 years of experience working in a commercial kitchen. Pay goes from $20.50 an hour.

Line/prep cook: Woody’s Pub in Coquitlam is looking for full-time and part-time line cooks, offering $19-20 an hour, plus monthly tips, as well as staff meals and employee liquor discounts.

Hiring in the Tri-Cities? Reply back and let us know and we'll feature your opening next week!

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