I first stumbled upon The Birds & the Beets in the spring while it was still under construction. Situated on the edge of Gastown in the former Sharks & Hammers/Sea Monstr Sushi location, the coffeeshop/cafe finally opened its doors in the summer and I was eager to pop in for a visit.
What I love about the decor and design of this cafe is its botanical-inspired decor, its interior brick walls, and last but not least, the uniqueness of having dual entrances: one from Alexander and the other from Powell. When you first step inside, the place seems limited in space. However, having taken over and combined the two former storefronts into one space, The Birds & the Beets is surprisingly big, evident from its second seating area in the back (or the front, depending on which direction you’re entering the cafe).
The menu is short, simple, and sweet: sandwiches using locally-sourced ingredients, salads, and several house-made items including a “jar of our pickles”. Breakfast is served until 11am, with items including avocado and slow poached egg, baked brioche with sweet preserves, and granola with their own firmjolk yogurt. The Birds & The Beets also ferment their own sauerkraut and kombucha and make soda syrups. Coffee is from local roaster Matchstick and the Victoria-based Bows & Arrows.
Continually supporting local, The Birds & The Beets has currently partnered with Vancouver floral company Wild Bunch, to bring a “seasonal floral experience to Vancouver’s Gastown”. You can expect to find a daily selection of flowers and foliage, available for purchase by the stem or bottle, throughout the cafe. The overflowing assortment of greenery within the cafe are impossible to miss, and add a touch of beauty and colour to the cafe.
The Birds & The Beets is a welcoming addition to the eastside of Gastown and makes for a cozy and inviting getaway from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the neighbourhood.