Holland Block in Gastown becomes home to new coffee shop

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      For years, Revolver Coffee (325 Cambie Street) has been the go-to spot for Gastown's high-tech entrepreneurs to hash out their latest world-beating business plans.

      But now, there's a new kid in the neighbourhood.

      Buro the Expresso Bar has opened in the historic Holland Block at 365 Water Street. 

      Its high ceiling and bright lighting reinforce that this isn't one of these cookie-cutter coffee shops that litter the North American landscape.


      The triangular-shaped Holland Block at the corner of Water and Cordova streets opened in 1892. That's just six years after a huge fire consumed Gastown.

      It's notable for its flatiron Victorian Italianate masonry and cast-iron columns.

      The block also houses the head office of Blueprint Events and its new M.I.A. nightclub.




      Sep 7, 2015 at 5:29pm

      this looks exactly like one of those cookie cutter coffee shops


      Sep 7, 2015 at 5:42pm

      It looks pretty ordinary to me, and stark /cold & not cozy. Where's the comfy chairs and fireplace for the long cold grey wet winter days? Give me cozy over stark, revolver at least has comfy seating arrangements , and character. Sorry, not a fan of this ikea look.


      Sep 8, 2015 at 12:55pm

      and how is this important?


      Sep 8, 2015 at 1:33pm

      Spot-on Charlie! I aplaude quality upgrades to neglected heritage sites in Vancouver. Vancouver has to evolve with the times, and be a truly diverse and cosmopolitan city, not just a shadow of the rugged in Portland!

      Shop owner

      Sep 8, 2015 at 5:40pm

      As a business owner in the area I wish to see cool shops moving into the heritage buildings. Unfortunately just the opposite is happening. Dream and Two of a Few left when rents increased. Rents are skyrocketing and the only thing that can afford the space is more of the same of what is already all around. Gastown doesnt really need more coffee, tacos, eyeglasses,bongs, or tattoos. Let's get some more vintage shops, art galleries and other cool spots and take it back to its roots just a little.


      Sep 8, 2015 at 7:19pm

      With it's slate coloured floor and white walls, it looks really cold and unfriendly
      The so called 'new kid' is part of the Coffee Bar franchise- so it's more corporate intrusion and less community space for those who live in the area.

      Looked at their website and facebook -pretty pictures but no prices given.
      You can be sure that this place is out of reach to many local residents.