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Medina Café

Medina Café

Breakfast Spot, Coffee Shop, and Café$$$$
Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
206 Tips and reviews
  • waffles
  • lavender latte
  • fricasse
  • lively
  • breakfast food
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  • Marie S.
    Marie S.August 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.
  • hussein s.
    hussein sMay 18
    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.
    Upvoted Aug 28
  • Zach W.
    Zach WJanuary 10
    Every time I go to Vancouver I stop by here for breakfast. Get the waffles and try them with white chocolate pistachio. If you go for a latte try adding lavender to it
    Upvoted Jul 18
  • Raakin R.
    Raakin RollAugust 27
    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.
  • Kenneth
    KennethMarch 14
    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
  • Dee H.
    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
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • Malak A.
    Malak Al HarbyDecember 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! 👌🏻
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 2
    MikaDoesMakeup.comSeptember 3, 2011
    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!
  • 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.
  • Sanja S.
    Sanja SSeptember 7, 2010
    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
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • 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.
  • Kittie C.
    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 👌
  • Chiq
    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!
  • 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.
  • AAA⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tom
    The Fricasse is heaven and together with a Marrocan Mimosa you will have the perfect brunch. I'm not a sweet latte kind of guy, but the Lavender Latte is really unique and worth a try.
  • @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
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • Marvin
    MarvinJuly 27
    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.
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AschkinasiAugust 26, 2014
    La Sante is the most beautiful brunch dish I've seen in Vancouver. Make sure to finish off with a waffle!
  • Leah J.
    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)
  • Maryam S.
    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!
  • Dee H.
    Dee HAugust 7, 2015
    The fricassee was outstanding and so was the white chocolate, pistachio and rose water sauce for the waffles.
  • S E.
    S EdgeAugust 17, 2014
    Want to try the drinks and waffles (with toppings), but don't have endless hours to wait in line? You can get both to go from the till. Lavender in blends is subtle, not overdone and soapy.
  • 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 👌🏻
  • 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.
  • Liza B.
    Liza BacallanNovember 3, 2009
    The fricasse is awesome. The Le Sante plate is just beautiful. Get a waffle with lavender milk chocolate sauce to start, or for dessert. Wash down with 49th Parallel coffee.
  • Miriam S.
    Miriam ShanahanNovember 16, 2011
    Although this place is more of a sit down & brunch with your girlfriends, Medina is serious about putting a twist on coffee. If you go, order the: Lavendar latters - enough said.
  • Aprile E.
    Aprile ElcichMay 29, 2015
    Moroccan brunch! Different and unexpected, really great. Come early, even during the week it's busy.
  • Sherry
    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!!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LamJanuary 23, 2015
    The fricassée and les boulettes are so amazing. The guy at the bar made it a great experience
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WongMarch 3, 2013
    The wait to get a table on the weekend is usually an hour. Put your name on the list, grab a coffee, and walk around Gastown for a bit.
  • Flora L.
    Flora LeungJanuary 8, 2011
    Great food, excellent service, cozy atmosphere, cute servers/baristas, what more could you ask for? The fricasse is amazing! The paella is good too.
  • Celeste M.
    Celeste MoureNovember 4, 2011
    If there's a huge line for a table you can order a coffee and waffles at the bar and eat it outside or on the go. So delicious!
  • Kyle
    KyleJuly 10, 2011
    Attention to detail is staggering. The salt and pepper was arranged on the platter. Waffles are a must. Best brunch I've had in Vancouver
  • George C.
    George ChangJune 18, 2012
    Awesome place for breakfast with big portions and good coffee. The waffles alone are worth it. Get a bunch of them with different toppings to share!
  • Kumiko I.
    Kumiko IdeSeptember 10, 2009
    Without a doubt, one of my favorite places to brunch in Vancouver. Be prepared for a crazy line-up, though -- wouldn't recommend going in a large group unless it's after 1pm.
  • Caroline C.
    Caroline CloutierOctober 29, 2010
    Super nice breakfast place. Had La fricassé (braised beef, aragula, aged cheddard, apple, aragula topped with 2 eggs) and it was stunning!
  • Jenna B.
    Amazing! Incredible! Fantastic! All the good words! Be prepared for a wait to get a table though.
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LauMay 11, 2012
    Great place for brunch! Love the waffles and the chocolate ganache (which you can get at Dirty Apron next door for $7.99).
  • Sarah
    SarahJune 19, 2014
    Everything is delicious, the waffles are so good, try salted caramel topping👌
  • 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.
  • Ned B.
    Ned BellJune 7, 2010
    Best Waffles, best toppings, best coffee, great breakfasts, nice to our baby boy even though he's noisy and messy and spotted Owen Wilson. Read more
  • The Network Hub
    The Network HubSeptember 25, 2011
    Hands down, favorite brunch spot ever. Can't beat belgian waffle with lavendar latte.... the food is well worth the long wait
  • Chrissy T.
    Chrissy TobinSeptember 20, 2015
    Lavender latte is great! Can't go wrong with the frittata of the day!
  • Ryan
    RyanJuly 25, 2015
    Excellent place for breakfast/brunch, fills up fast. Fricasse and the Harissa burger are both great
  • Devender K.
    Lavender latte is amazing; so is the white chocolate rose water pistachio sauce for waffles
  • Karen H.
    Karen HamiltonSeptember 28, 2009
    If you're getting the waffles (which you should), go with the chocolate lavender or white chocolate pistachio rosewater toppings. Or both.
  • Brenden B.
    Brenden BullockMarch 30, 2015
    Delicious! The Saumon Fumé is a must-have for brunch. Excellent service at the bar as well.
  • Priya V.
    Priya VaswaniMarch 23, 2013
    Can't go wrong with anything here! The paella and waffles are great choices.
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