There are a couple things Victoria, BC does well: scenic streets, mild winters, and coffee shops. On the corner of Government St. and Courtney St., is a modern cafe you probably won't just grab-and-go from. Enter, Pour Coffee.
Pour Coffee is absurdly inviting; it probably has something to do with the minimalist decor, unblemished white walls, and huge open windows that look onto Government St. –the perfect place for people watching. There's something about sitting there, drinking your latte –with impeccable latte art of course– that made me feel like a posh student on exchange in Sweden.
There's no fussy menu; you can't add 4 pumps of raspberry syrup to anything. Its just good coffee, simple as that. What's unique is the food –though you can't add 4 pumps of raspberry syrup to that either. Pour coffee has a huge variety of freshly baked snacks and panini.. The kimchi grilled cheese is hard to say no to. When you walk in and see them in their glass display it's hard to say no, so just say yes.
Coffeeshops Aren't Just About the Coffee Anymore.
Pour coffee a perfect place to bring your books and laptop. It's not obnoxiously loud, just some James Vincent McMorrow playing in the background. There are plenty of tables to spread out on; and not the tiny round tables that only fit your iPhone Plus, real substantial tables you can spread out on. Plus, $1 refills on coffee means you can afford to stay and not feel bad for occupying that table for hours on one –now-empty– cup. No need to pretend you're still sipping your cold latte.
If you are looking for a new study spot, you're just over extra-hot caramel macchiatos, or you just happen to be downtown, Pour Coffee is a great place to stop in.