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Medina Café

Medina Café

Breakfast Spot, Coffee Shop, and Café$$$$
Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
230 Tips and reviews
  • waffles
  • lavender latte
  • fricasse
  • lively
  • breakfast food
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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.
    Upvoted Aug 9
  • Zach W.
    Zach WJanuary 10, 2016
    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 Aug 2
  • Raakin R.
    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.
    Upvoted Jul 30
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MyersOctober 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!
  • Chris
    ChrisMay 5
    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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 30
  • @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
  • Kenneth
    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
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan Payne3 weeks ago
    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
  • Elnaz E.
    You can never go wrong with Mocha or Latte here☕️Waffles are the best,toppings are a must👌🏻Try Paella 🥘 and make your day that much phenomenal.
  • 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! 👌🏻
  • 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
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LuFebruary 12
    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!
  • 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.
    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!
  • 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!
  • Sarah
    SarahJune 19, 2014
    Everything is delicious, the waffles are so good, try salted caramel topping👌
    Upvoted Jul 30
  • Marvin
    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.
  • 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.
  • Jeff A.
    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!
  • 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)
  • Whit M.
    Whit MaullJune 13
    Creative and delicious breakfast menu, with top notch coffee to go along with it. Try the Paella.
  • 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!
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth FernandezOctober 23, 2016
    Get here 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.
  • Alice O.
    Alice OhJune 26
    Brunch. Perfect little waffles with home made white chocolate cardamom sauce and freshly made marmalade, or a savoury paella? Your choice...
  • 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!!
  • Aprile E.
    Aprile ElcichMay 29, 2015
    Moroccan brunch! Different and unexpected, really great. Come early, even during the week it's busy.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LamJanuary 23, 2015
    The fricassée and les boulettes are so amazing. The guy at the bar made it a great experience
  • 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.
  • Fayaz A.
    Fayaz AshrafApril 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best brunch in the city. Fricasse or Cassoulet, w/ a Cappuccino and waffles.
  • Chrissy T.
    Chrissy TobinSeptember 20, 2015
    Lavender latte is great! Can't go wrong with the frittata of the day!
  • Craig M.
    Get the Paella (alone with a lavender latte) - it will change your life!
  • Victoria A.
    Worth the wait for sure. Absolutely delicious brunch. I would recommend weekends and after 12pm for a shorter wait time.
  • 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).
  • Allermanger
    AllermangerMarch 19
    LONG line ups!!be expected to wait for a long time. One of the best brunches in Vancouver. A little on the pricey side though
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jenna B.
    Jenna BrooksJune 20, 2016
    Amazing! Incredible! Fantastic! All the good words! Be prepared for a wait to get a table though.
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