There is a tiny little block of East 15th Ave that stretches between Kingsway and Fraser St. The resident businesses of this block stick out like a sore-thumb but fit the neighbourhood quite naturally. From west to east, you’ve got Heartbreaker Salon, The Gluten-Free Epicurian, Spool of Thread, Lions Den Cafe, and Les Faux Bourgeois. This row of small shops and restos bring a breadth of fresh air to an area in need of rejuvenation.
The row recently welcomed a new addition – Matchstick Coffee Roasters. The cafe is starkly beautiful without feeling cold. The mix of natural wood, metal, whimsy give it a modern-rustic-industrial charm.
Matchstick offers in-house roasted, single-origin beans accompanied with a selection of baked goods and fresh sandwiches.
The cafe is busy on a weekend morning-afternoon, but I imagine on a weekday, its long tables, natural light, and caffeinated treats will make for a great environment for studying and/or reading.