Vancouver café chat: Upcoming openings for Meet Fresh, PappaRoti, and Shaktea

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      With so many cafés and dessert spots opening up in the city, here are three forthcoming places to take note of: two that will open sometime soon and a third that's relocating.

      Taiwanese treats

      Taiwanese dessert shop Meet Fresh will open a second location at 1232 Robson Street, the former location of Kanpai Teppanyaki.

      The first Lower Mainland location opened at 1136–8328 Capstan Way in Richmond in 2016, the same year that the Toronto location also set up shop.

      Meet Fresh

      The international chain has over 500 locations in Taiwan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.

      The menu spans quite the comprehensive range of Taiwanese desserts, including taro balls, herbal jellies, tofu pudding, teas and slushes (some with whipped cream), purple rice porridge, red bean soup, shaved ice, and more.

      Meet Fresh

      An opening date has not been announced yet.

      Bun abundance

      Malaysian coffee bun shop PappaRoti is keeping good on its word. As its Vancouver owners told the Georgia Straight in June last year, they'll expanding rapidly across the country as well as within the Lower Mainland.

      The company's second location in Metro Vancouver will be at 193 Keefer Place, close to the Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain station and T&T Supermarket on the edge of Chinatown and Gastown. The 1,023 square-foot space will seat 16 people and will open in April. 

      This particular location will have new lunch selections, including salads and soups, as well as more smoothies and fresh juices.


      After that, another location will open in Coquitlam in May, with yet another—an Olympic Village location—slated to open in Vancouver in the fall.

      As if that's not enough, other future locations in the Lower Mainland will include Richmond and Burnaby.

      In January, the company opened their first location in Toronto and is preparing to open a location in Montreal in May. Another location will eventually open in Toronto, as well as one in Alberta this summer. Whew!

      Craig Takeuchi

      If you're not familiar with PappaRoti's coffee bun, also known as a roti bun, they're buns (baked fresh on their premises) with a crispy caramel-coffee exterior and a soft interior that's lightly coated with butter. They can be ordered as they are, or with a variety of toppings.

      The first store in Canada, located at 1505 Robson Street, opened in 2014.

      Tea, part two

      After almost 12 years, Shaktea Tea Lounge closed its location at 3702 Main Street.

      Fret not, however, faithful fans for the story's not over.


      The tea lounge is relocating to 117–511 West 7th Avenue. The new location will be just off Cambie Street in the area near the Olympic Village Canada Line station.

      It'll be in close proximity to the growing number of foodie spots at Broadway and Cambie, including Whole Foods, La Taqueria, Moii Café, Benkei Ramen, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, and the forthcoming Honolulu Coffee.


      They're aiming to reopen in May so stay tuned, tea lovers.

      You can follow Craig Takeuchi on Twitter at @cinecraig or on Facebook