Platform 7 Coffee Bar provides a unique coffee culture experience.
Platform 7 Coffee Brew Bar provides a unique coffee culture experience.
Platform 7 transforms you to a Victorian London train station in East Vancouver and a Belle-Époque Parisienne train station in Kits. The journey imbues a sensual, passionate and vibrant joie de vivre to Vancouver’s specialty coffee scene. Experience beautiful hand-crafted espresso drinks from our Espresso Bar, exquisitely brewed single origin coffees on the Brew Bar or refreshing cold brews from the Cold Bar.
We selected Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland, as our flagship coffee roaster. Dialing in the perfect profile on our manual La Marzocco Strada, gives the distinct pleasure of presenting the absolute best cup of espresso coffee drinks to our guests.
From a delectable selection of the finest locally-sourced artisan bakeries to our tailor-made sandwiches, the Platform 7 experience takes one on an exotic journey to taste exquisite single origin coffees from around the world. With their passionate love of coffee, caring customer connections and vibrant self expression, our staff provides a guiding and careful hand and takes great pride in presenting and serving our guests with unique and enticing brew techniques.
Sinatra to the Stones, Miles to the Mamas and Papas, Woodstock to Wynton, Bonobo to Beck, Dorsey to the Doors…you’ll find an ever-changing and eclectic selection of music simmering from the sound system above.
Come and experience for yourself the magic of Platform 7: East Vancouver at Hastings & Nanaimo and Kitsilano at Broadway & Vine.
Livio’s story: As a child growing up in an Italian family, a favorite time of the day was sitting around the kitchen table after dinner with dirty dishes put aside and cake and cookies and coffee spread on the table. This was the time we were a family. All the news of the day, the stories, the discussions, the plans, this was where it was all shared. Coffee time was when we were all together. Coffee time was the best time.
As an adult, working for many years in the financial sector, the office and boardroom was where the details were done and contracts signed. But the relationships and deals were always formed, hatched and agreed upon over a cup of coffee in the café.
In the course of any day, when the word is that it is now “coffee time”, the weight of the world lifts from your shoulders and joy comes over your senses. The thought of that coffee frees you from the worry of the moment, and you can’t wait to get that coffee in your hand. That cup of coffee is pure joy. It was in this context that we set out to create a coffee space where all of one’s senses are feeling something special is going on. Our intent was not to just offer a good cup of coffee, but rather to offer, what we call ” a coffee experience”.
For us at Platform 7, from our side of the bar, we like to think that perhaps, in that coffee cup we are handing you, we are serving “Joy.”
Marke’s story: And the story from the Station Master; as a child growing up in North Burnaby, B.C. with a wonderful blend of English, Irish and a wee bit Scottish flavour in me blood, I had the wonderful and fortunate blessings of vibrant and colourful grandparents, aunts & uncles and the influence of two loving parents. Some of my earliest memories are of my dad and grandfather taking me to the family’s Ferry Meat Market at Hastings & Main. The day had one very important part to it; the Zenith Cafe down the back lane in the early hours for a mug of coffee to brace the day. And I mean mug after mug of coffee. And here’s a good one; on the way home, going down to the railyards of Burrard Inlet and y dad “racing” the trains home along the waterfront of East Van into North Burnaby. The start of my love of trains!
My mom created one of my fondest teenage memories when she installed a coffee-grinder in our newly renovated home in the early 70’s. The fragrance of freshly ground coffee still remains to this day as the source & inspiration of my journey into coffee culture.
And off I went into the ever-adventurous journey of my young adult life looking after my dad’s hotel & bar business and my own businesses…long hours assisted with heavy-scented mugs of coffee. And plenty of ’em.
And I certainly can’t forget one of my favourite stories of all-time…when the mother of my son, Lynne and I encountered the enchanting experience of coffee in Bali. On a sea-side terrace sipping the most glorious cup of coffee I’d ever tasted.
I’ll let this story now dove-tail into my partner’s preceding recollections. Livio & I have shared some amazing adventures and experiences with it all culminating on our time spent together in a couple of coffee shops on The Drive.
It was here that the inspiration to do something in the coffee world was borne. Coffee & trains.
To bring all of the memories and magic together…in a place that people would feel love & connection. To take the coffee culture that we had seen, smelt, tasted & felt and elevate it to our own unique level of experience. To bring the feel of vintage European train stations and create a room with a superlative design, and blend this with the best coffee roaster…Stumptown, the finest assembly of passionate, caring and engaging staff and an incredible vault of music simmering over the sound system. And Platform 7 was built.
Experience Platform 7.