Who wants to be labelled a black sheep? Well, for Blaq Sheep Fine Coffee, in a city teeming with coffee shops, conspicuousness is a main objective. I visited the Kitsilano location and it was apparent that Blaq Sheep has garnered a regular customer base. Staff were on a first name tit for tat with customers who were prone to lounge for extended periods around the electric fire place (even though it’s still warm out) or hang out on the ample patio seating. The Vancouver coffee shop offers free wi-fi, which also makes it a destination for students and the self-employed.
No High Chairs, But Space for Strollers
I arrived at Blaq Sheep with my hefty stroller and two children. The first thing I asked the staff for was a high chair. Unfortunately the cafe did not have any children’s seating available. That was an immediate pooh pooh, but my three year old sat safely on a chair and there was enough space for my stroller to park next to the table.
Kid-Friendly and Vegan Options at the Vancouver Coffee Shop
At first glance the menu was your average, independent Vancouver coffee shop fare: hot drinks, smoothies, lunch and pastries. The entrees were all under $10.00. I ordered a sandwich and chai latte and was pleasantly surprised to find the sandwich was savoury and delicious. The chai had a spicy kick, setting it above your typical, sweet chai drink. There are kid friendly and vegan menu options and for date night, the cafe serves up wine and beer.
Adrienne, the friendly and ever-present owner of the Kitsilano Blaq Sheep location told me one of the most popular items on the menu for parents with children is her homemade, breakfast muesli. Sounds like an excellent way to start to the day!