In a neighbourhood otherwise devoid of independent cafes, Gigi Blin is a welcome sight. Owners Mark and Iwona named the café after Mark's great grandfather, Gigi Blin. The café has been providing Marpole with coffee, baked goods, and artisanal groceries since opening its doors in June 2015.
Despite its newness, Gigi Blin looks and feels like it has been the beating heart of the neighbourhood for decades. That feeling is due in part to its location in a historic building, but is further fostered by the warmth of the reclaimed wood interiors and the large windows that allow a glimpse inside. On the other side of the glass, those windows also allow for endless hours of people watching while enjoying delicious latte after latte. With baked goods from Baguette and Co., there's really no reason to leave.
A: 1400 West 70th Avenue| W: gigiblin.com
Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 5pm | Saturday - Sunday 9am - 3pm