If there is a Mecca for hardworking college students who need a quiet place to study or cram for a test, Calhoun’s would be it. The overwhelmingly large coffee shop has lots of tables and chairs, making it the perfect place to read or write. But the delicious place is not just for students, there are people from all walks of life who pop in for a morning coffee or go for an exciting date. The hangout is also open twenty-four hours night and day so for all you night owls out there, Calhoun’s welcomes you anytime.
Opening in 1993, Calhoun’s has been in its Broadway location since the beginning. Hiu Wan took over ownership in 2008 when he noticed the place was up for sale. Hiu says he had fond memories coming there when he was studying at UBC so he wanted to see it stay open. The barn like atmosphere is nothing new, Hiu has kept it pretty much the same since it opened because there is a certain style that is very appealing which he feels shouldn’t be changed.
The food is perfectly priced and quite the bargain for starving students. Massive cookies are a deal since you would pay the same price at chain coffee shops for something half the size. Then there are the stomach filling quesadillas and yummy warm meals like Sheppard’s pie and lasagna. But the array of sweets can’t be beat, with a choice for everyone that is baked fresh. Sandwiches are also as fresh as they come with house made breads.
For those holding a party or event in need of catering, Calhoun’s is well known for their services. The extensive full menu has seafood, vegetarian, meat, and even breakfast options. Then there are a variety of platters full of finely crafted finger foods and of course dessert. You can pick up, get it delivered, and hire a full serving staff.
Calhoun’s has no doubt become landmark in Kitsliano, achieving “the best place to get work done” award from Van City Buzz. Wifi is free for three hours, the staff just asks that you keep on refilling your coffee or purchasing a snack to make the option worthwhile.
Calhoun’s seems to have an effect on people, bringing in its business from mostly word of mouth. People who experience this warm and joyful place are likely to come back with others to stock up on goodies or meet with a study group. Be part of the buzz and try Calhoun’s today if you haven’t already; get your work done, try the treats, or hire their catering services.