Never thought you’d need toothpicks infused with flavours of single malt scotch, bourbon, lemon, mint, or salted birch? Dodecahedron terrariums filled with succulents? A classic Wentworth pewter flask? Well, think again. A visit to Old Faithful will change all that.
This Gastown shop is plainly passionate, authentic, and committed to quality. Their range of goods, magazines, and edibles are excellently curated and all finely made.
Old Faithful’s selection of books and magazines is full of publications you’re unlikely to find elsewhere, with quarterlies like Smith, Gather, The Gourmand, Kindling, and Kinfolk.
The selection of gourmet foodstuffs is the stuff of dreams for those who love food – Bellocq teas, Jacobsen Salt Co’s flavoured salts, Noble syrups, and Jack Rudy cocktail tonics. Old Faithful’s considerable library of Mast Brothers’ Chocolate is probably the best in Vancouver, and they stock Hot Cakes’ candied hazelnuts, which are delicious with coffee grabbed from Revolver right around the corner.
If you want to go for the exotic, Old Faithful has ginger spiced beets from Donovan’s Cellar in New York, Stumptown Coffee Flake Salt from Jacobsen Salt Co, and Hot Cakes’ chocolate chips cold-smoked over alder wood. They’ve also got a solid selection of coffee making materials and tools for the kitchen, from pour-over kettles, hand-grinders, Chemex coffee makers, filters, and enamel pots.
The place also smells like heaven. Paine’s Cedar and Balsam Fir incenses have been family-owned and produced in Maine since 1931, and they make a room smell like camp fire, summer days, and cabin summers. Carrière Frères’ classic candles are more refined, and their earthier scents, like sandalwood, rosemary, thyme, and cedar, are just as transportive. You’ll have a hard time leaving Old Faithful without your arms full of books, chocolate, candles, soaps, and plants. But is that really such a bad thing?
Old Faithful Shop: 320 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC. 778.327.9376.