Best Cafes in Abbotsford

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Abbotsford's not a huge suburb, but it has many facets. There's the famous Victoria Street and its mass of affordable Vietnamese restaurants. Then up the eastern end, the shrinking industrial pocket still dominated by grim brick warehouses. Head a block north, though, and the hectic atmosphere is suddenly replaced by a calm, almost suburban feel. And once you reach the lush grounds of the Convent and the Collingwood Children's Farm, you could almost be in the country. But wherever you go, a great cafe is never far away, as this list illustrates.

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  • Homey Japanese food and good coffee combine at this tiny corner cafe. Visit for tiny rolls stuffed with chicken sausage, teishoku (all-inclusive set meals, similar to bento boxes) and single-origin espresso drinks.

  • Quick and affordable sandwiches, plus bottomless filter coffee.

  • The coffee wholesaler’s public face.

  • This bar, eatery and coffee takeaway window is a Johnston Street cure-all.

  • A sleek cafe, bakery and roastery, with big plans.

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  • A cafe, organic grocer and dinner spot in one.

  • Visit this laidback cafe for its simple yet satisfying breakfasts (think a loaded ploughman’s lunch), consistently good coffee and cold-pressed juices. And follow it up with a stroll around the Abbotsford Convent.

  • Relax with all-day brunch, Italian-inspired lunch or an Aperol spritz at this riverside hideout.

  • This neighbourhood spot has an all-day cafe, diner, gallery space and courtyard with views of the Abbotsford Convent. It’ll take you right through your day, from your morning coffee to your late-night share plates and local lo-fi wines. As for food? Expect hearty veggie soups, charcuterie plates, mussels steeped in chilli and tomato sauce, and more.

  • Indigenous plants alongside art, coffee and jaffles.

  • An artisan bakery cafe at the Abbotsford Convent.

  • A grand chandelier and marbled walls give this tiny French patisserie an extra dose of opulence. That’s before you get to the Paris-inspired madeleines, baguettes, house-blended coffee, and a new take on the classic croissant.