Iâ€™m not even trying for dramatic effect when I say that Iâ€™ve been meaning to go to Thomas Haas for years!
Seriously, Iâ€™ve wanted to visit the cafÃ© since the first location opened in 2005, back then I used to buy Thomas Haas chocolate bars at the Whole Foods in West Van, my favourite were the matcha tea bars, I used to load up on them when they’d go on sale.
Several long years later, having eaten my way through the newer patisseries that have cropped up in the city, I ran out of reasons not to go to Thomas Haas.
So on a dark rainy Saturday, we went for coffee at Thomas Haas Chocolates, at the North Van location tucked away in a quiet industrial area with nice views of downtown Vancouver.
It was an afternoon of very few plans, one of those where you pull up a stool at a cafÃ©, savour delicious coffee and delicate pastries, and linger â€“ Iâ€™ve dubbed these â€˜coffee & chat afternoonsâ€™ and I plan on having a lot of these this year.
And thatâ€™s exactly what I did; sat, enjoyed my coffee and had a great conversationâ€¦ and took some photos
I love the other times when thereâ€™re no conversations too, just a few unobtrusive moments to just be and reflect.
Seating was limited and the place packed, yet it was a friendly and comfortable atmosphere with pastries and confections beautifully showcased, and a welcoming staff.
I had almond milk mocha with my almond croissant â€“ it was perfect!
The croissants were buttery and flaky with lots of layers, and the mocha smooth and chocolaty, just what youâ€™d expect from an award-winning pÃ¢tissier.