Serving the the perfect espresso, the most exquisite cappuccino, the tallest latte. Come and discover one of Vancouver’s great secrets, in the traditional café style straight out of Portugal. We are licenced & family-friendly.
The year is 1976 – not many cafés in sight. A small corner shop known as Continental Billiards appears on the Drive. The space soon expands and morphs into Joe’s, the place to hang. Lattes, Cappuccinos, and Almond Milks were the order of the day. Since it’s heydays of the 80s, it’s been a legendary hangout for local characters of all stripes!
Some of our most memorable characters and earlier lovers of our lattes and cappuccinos include Sarah Maclachlan, KD Lang, Colin James, and 54-40. Wyckham Porteous wrote and starred in the hit play ‘Joe’s Café’, at the Arts Club Theatre. The Ludwigs’ wrote the song ‘Indecent At Joe’s Café’.
“Counterculture meets old-world charm on the east side. In the early 80s, when artists, musicians, and the local left began to filter onto The Drive – Joe’s, with its battleship linoleum, chipped Formica tables, laundromat lighting, and black-velvet bullfighting scenes, became the hot place to hang out and argue politics into the wee hours.” -thedrive.ca
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