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Medina Café

Medina Café

Breakfast Spot, Coffee Shop, and Café$$$$
Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
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    The waffles at Medina Café is a can't miss
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    Dian P.
    "Lavender latte is a must here; Leave room for their waffles."(34 Tips)
    Ryan
    "Fricasse and the Harissa burger are both great"(15 Tips)
    Christopher C.
    "Like everyone says, the fricassee is incredible."(10 Tips)
    Cameron N.
    "Top it off with waffles and milk chocolate lavender and you're gold"(117 Tips)
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  • hussein s.
    hussein sMay 18, 2016
    For brunching in Vancouver, it's a very good place. Inconvenient: you can wait until 1h30 to have a seat. Excellent service, original dishes & a very affordable price. Waffle👍.Experience is worth it.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayAugust 24, 2013
    Must order a waffle with salted caramel sauce. Caramel not so much your thing? They have plenty of other sauces available to delight all types of taste buds.
  • Raakin R.heart icon on user image
    Raakin RollAugust 27, 2016
    You must order the waffle but start with the granola parfait as it is the best way to start your day. I like to pair this off with grapefruit juice. Come around 10am to avoid the extra long lines.
  • Dee H.heart icon on user image
    Dee HAugust 6, 2015
    White chocolate, rose water and pistachio sauce for the waffles are to die for! The wait was 2 hours until we received our food but was worth it. Didn't love the coffee
  • Sarp E.heart icon on user image
    Sarp ErkayaNovember 16, 2018
    Busy, bustling breakfast cafe with unique menu items. Be prepared for a long wait. But question if it is worth the wait. The waffles are real good but you can also have them to go along with a latte.
  • Jonathan P.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan PayneAugust 26, 2017
    Best breakfast in Vancouver! We went b/t 25-45 mins before they opened. Our faves are the: Les Boulettes, Cassoulet, Fricassée, and OF COURSE Liege-style waffles with their Lavender Latte
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StonerNovember 9, 2014
    Must stop for brunch. Middle Eastern flavors.Worth the wait. Get there by 845am on the weekend for the first seating. The spicy Moroccan meatballs and orzo paella topped with eggs are amazing.
  • Shidex Q.
    Shidex QuffAugust 22, 2019
    Heavy menu for brunch. My dish was very spicy! I think it’s not worth the hours of wait. Try waffles though. The perfect size and toppings! Salted caramel, fig and orange were delicious.(extra charge)
  • Marieheart icon on user image
    MarieAugust 14, 2015
    Came here twice when visiting Vancouver. Everything is fantastic! Get the Le Peameal; it's delicious and helps to feed someone in need! Incredibly helpful and friendly staff! Worth the hour-long wait.
  • Chrisheart icon on user image
    ChrisMay 5, 2017
    Waffles were fantastic! Light, fluffy on inside, slightly crunchy/chewy - just amazing texture. Also really loved the pork belly sandwich. Get there before 9 if you want to avoid a long wait.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MOctober 4, 2016
    The harissa burger was beautifully plated & delicious. Brunch left me feeling so content & not overly full, even after my entree & sharing 2 waffles- had to have one before and one after the entrees!
  • Chieko B.
    Chieko BonnaJuly 29, 2014
    Very popular place. Get here by 9am, have delicious coffee and quick bites of amazing waffle (w/ dark chocolate sauce!) then order breakfast. You won't be disappointed with anything here.
  • Cam_in_Brisheart icon on user image
    Cam_in_BrisOctober 3, 2017
    The harissaburger” (on pita) is one of the most delicious breakfast dishes I’ve ever eaten. Strong cold brew; waffles excellent. Worth the wait.
  • Adrienne M.
    Adrienne MAugust 7, 2019
    If you are staying at L'Hermitage next door, they have a secret waiting list for guests. Tell the hotel desk staff in advance and they'll make sure you get a table without a wait the next morning!
  • Albha E.
    Albha EganOctober 25, 2019
    I can’t tell you how good this place is! Got the Fricassee champignon and it’s the nicest breakfast dish I’ve gotten in a long time. Fabulous.
  • Kennethheart icon on user image
    KennethMarch 14, 2016
    On a one month trip around North America and Canada, this was our best breakfast! So different and delicious with a cosy and modern feel. Get the pot of eggs and a side of waffles... #delicious
  • Malak✨heart icon on user image
    Malak✨December 31, 2015
    The waffles were incredible! With the pistachio white chocolate with rosewater 😻👏🏻 & lavender latte. Also, they have the best hummus that I have ever had! 👌🏻
  • @michaelkwan
    @michaelkwanFebruary 18, 2013
    They effectively share the same kitchen as Chambar and I imagine there is some crossover in staff as well. There is a main front room for Cafe Medina where you’ll find the waffles... Full review --> Read more
  • Jimmy L.heart icon on user image
    Jimmy LuFebruary 12, 2017
    Paella was delicious. Get a raspberry caramel latte, even if it doesn't pair with food. Save room for a waffle too. Fuck it, eat everything!
  • Shidex Q.
    Shidex QuffAugust 22, 2019
    The menu was heavy even for brunch!I didn’t like the taste of my dish, the sauce was too much and very spicy. But try waffles. Good size, delicious, salted caramel, fig & orange jam taste like heaven!
  • Myreen L.
    Myreen LacsamanaOctober 26, 2011
    Savory go Fricasse - braised short ribs with fried eggs, caramelized onions and applewood smoked cheddar. Sweet Belgium waffles with raspberry compote topping and a white chocolate pistachio mocha.
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuJuly 1, 2018
    The waffle and dips are good starters—could be a little more crispy. Medina bacon is worth trying. Also got the cous cous and lamb meatball dish, good but not amazing in that long wait kinda way.
  • Kittie C.heart icon on user image
    Kittie ChanSeptember 18, 2015
    Lives up to the hype! The long wait is worth it, just out your name down and have a coffee nearby. The fricassee - beef shortrib with aged white cheddar and roast potatoes 👌
  • Jessica M.heart icon on user image
    Jessica MathyNovember 27, 2017
    I had the best-seller dish: the "fricassée". Unexpected mix of flavours: Pork, eggs, tomato sauce and apple... The mix didn't match really well in my opinion. But coffee's good and waiters very kind!
  • Chiqheart icon on user image
    ChiqDecember 30, 2015
    Get there early! Waffles are to die for and the Wolves Breakfast is a feast. Try one of their signature lavender lattes. Recommend and will go back. Kudos to Julia!
  • Vishal R.
    Vishal ReddyApril 21, 2014
    Dark chocolate mocha was seriously divine, especially for chocolate lovers. Focaccia bread was a perfect accompaniment to the juicy, tender short ribs in the fricasee. Oh and don't skip the waffles.
  • Anna J.heart icon on user image
    Anna JorgensenSeptember 23, 2017
    Maybe #1 because they're creative and the food is plated so prettily. Venue has character. Foodie Bucket List: check. Food: pretty. good.
  • Elizabeth F.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth FernandezOctober 23, 2016
    Get here early...like at opening time on a weekday. You'll get right in. Oh, and the eggs...oh the eggs. Everything here is incredibly delicious. Try the hot chocolate with lavender.
  • Seijung P.
    Seijung ParkMay 27, 2019
    Waffles seem to be the signature here. Personally didn’t find it mind blowing. If you get it, skip the other toppings and go for the fig. One topping is enough for two. Everything else was real good.
  • Marvinheart icon on user image
    MarvinJuly 27, 2016
    The food here was beautifully presented and worthy of Instagram However, this is where it stops— you can go to another breakfast house to satiate your morning needs.
  • Maris E.heart icon on user image
    Maris EspinoApril 6, 2023
    Perfect for breakfast!! Closes at 2pm… Waffles are delicious !!! With chocolate topping 😍 !! Mimosas happy hour :)
  • Samar H.heart icon on user image
    Samar HamdanJune 2, 2017
    Creative food choices. Coca is a flatbread with sunny side egg and mashed potatoes can be vegetarian or with meat
  • Sarah
    SarahJune 19, 2014
    Everything is delicious, the waffles are so good, try salted caramel topping👌
  • Ryanheart icon on user image
    RyanJuly 25, 2015
    Excellent place for breakfast/brunch, fills up fast. Fricasse and the Harissa burger are both great
  • Sanja S.
    Sanja SSeptember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    vancouver fave. amazing and unique breakfast dishes, great owners. just beware the lines (the whole party needs to be there to be seated) but there's a back room (chambar's dining room) so the line mo
  • Grace W.heart icon on user image
    Grace WongJuly 3, 2022
    I was lucky today coz I came alone and no need to make reservation or line up over 1.5 hrs(heard the front staff advised) during weekend, I was arranged to sit at bar table.
  • Whit M.heart icon on user image
    Whit MaullJune 13, 2017
    Creative and delicious breakfast menu, with top notch coffee to go along with it. Try the Paella.
  • Maryam S.heart icon on user image
    Maryam SalariDecember 1, 2015
    The quality is conspicuous by the crowed waiting to be seated on a regular Monday , at 1 ! Had the salmon fume and liked it! The Mocha's were tasty too!
  • Jeff A.heart icon on user image
    Jeff AschkinasiAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    La Sante is the most beautiful brunch dish I've seen in Vancouver. Make sure to finish off with a waffle!
  • Alice
    AliceJune 26, 2017
    Brunch. Perfect little waffles with home made white chocolate cardamom sauce and freshly made marmalade, or a savoury paella? Your choice...
  • Leah J.heart icon on user image
    Leah JohnsonDecember 30, 2014
    Try the lavender latte. Get a waffle (white chocolate pistachio rosewater & marmalade fig jam were scrumptious) - and share the fricasse (large portion)
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuOctober 17, 2015
    I'm not going to lie. But the liege waffle from blue bottle is a lot better. It's not as dense as the ones here. But Medina's lamb meatball is awesome 👌🏻
  • Dee H.heart icon on user image
    Dee HAugust 7, 2015
    The fricassee was outstanding and so was the white chocolate, pistachio and rose water sauce for the waffles.
  • MikaDoesMakeup.com
    MikaDoesMakeup.comSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    go extra extra early if you want to get a seat without a huge wait... and order the waffles for a starter with berry compote and a half sweet extra hot lavender latte... then try a unique breaky!
  • Liana C.
    Liana CascianiJanuary 13, 2018
    Get the Fez cocktail. Do it. Seriously is amazing. ( pictured: Fez & The Bloody Maria)
  • Aprile E.heart icon on user image
    Aprile ElcichMay 29, 2015
    Moroccan brunch! Different and unexpected, really great. Come early, even during the week it's busy.
  • Kitty C.
    Kitty CheungMay 10, 2016
    Delicious food! Waffles and wide range of chocolate sauces.
  • AhYoung J.
    AhYoung JoSeptember 10, 2014
    The waffle and coffee are really good for brunch. Harrisa burger too. Even i didn't line up too much. Here is very crowded.
  • Sotheby's International Realty Canada
    The line-ups out the door are worth it! Tip: order a take-out lavender latte at the coffee bar to stay warm while you wait.
  • Sherryheart icon on user image
    SherryMarch 2, 2014
    I get Paella every time. It's that good! Tried the white chocolate pistachio sauce with my waffle for the first time. It was DELICIOUS!!
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