If I lived in North Van, I would probably come to Andrews on Eighth a lot more.
This neighbourhood coffee shop filled with old-world charm is the perfect place to grab a coffee, a sandwich, and sit outside and read a good book, chat with friends, or watch cyclists ride along East Eighth St.
The owners also run a catering company in the back of the building, The Banqueting Table, and that’s how the Artist and I discovered this gem. We both loved their food whenever we attended conferences at Regent College, so when we asked the question, “Who should we get to cater our wedding?” the Banqueting Table was the obvious choice. We also loved the fact that they’re a non-profit organization that hires single mothers and women wanting to re-enter the workforce. Their website states, “Women learn job skills and regain self-confidence while preparing food and catering to a variety of events.”
Apart from their social justice bent, they have amazing food at really reasonable prices. The service is excellent too. They did a fabulous job with at our wedding and we still hear from people how much they loved our buffet.
The coffee shop opened in 2012 but the building it is tucked away in was built in 1912. The heritage feel of the building adds so much to its charm. Isn’t it lovely?
I can’t speak to how good their coffee is (since I don’t drink it), but they source their beans from North Vancouver Moja Coffee which specializes in fair-trade, organic coffee beans. (The Artist likes it, says it’s “clean.” I didn’t know clean was a word to describe coffee. Anyway).
The Banqueting Table makes sandwiches & pastries for the coffee shop, and while there’s not a huge selection, what they have is tasty. The turkey-cranberry sandwich with stuffing & spinach tastes like Christmas and is one of our favourites (pictured in the first image, at the top). Also on their menu are croissants (including breakfast ones), muffins, and paninis.
If you’re ever in the area or need caterers for a big event, I’d highly recommend them. Andrews on Eighth is located at 279 East Eighth St and open 7am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday.