PappaRoti on Robson

Comments 135 by Rebecca Bollwitt

When the PappaRoti signs when up on the corner of Robson and Nicola I’m certain that many in the West End (myself included) opened up a browser to search the term, curious to see what would finally occupy the long-vacant space.

PappaRoti on Robson

As a neighbourhood resident for the better part of the last decade, I was certainly excited to see a coffee shop — with a unique twist — move onto that corner. Sure, we have plenty of coffee shops in downtown Vancouver but absolutely none like PappaRoti. This is the very first franchise in North America, the Canadian flagship, and home to the “Father of All Buns”.

PappaRoti on Robson

What exactly is PappaRoti? It’s a coffee-caramel coated bun, which is wildly popular in cafes and kiosks from London to Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Australia. There are 400 PappaRoti locations worldwide and this is the very first in Canada and the USA, thanks to co-owners Sherri Zarandooz and Javeed Somji.

PappaRoti on Robson

Crack through the crisp outer shell of these baked-to-order treats to reveal a soft, buttery centre. Buns are served with cutlery but you can feel free to use your hands to rip it apart, dip, drizzle, and enjoy.

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PappaRoti compliments its coffee buns with JJ Bean coffee, loose-leaf tea from Teaja, and freshly squeezed organic juices. You can dine in or take out, and you’ll have the chance to slow things down as you sit and wait for your bun order to be delivered straight to your table.

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You can enjoy the bun on its own, or with sides like Pappa cream cheese, local organic jams, fresh fruit, Nutella, kaya, maple syrup, honey, whipped cream, ice cream, dark chocolate, or caramel.

PappaRoti on Robson

The cafe itself is bright, spacious, suitable for working on your laptop or bringing the kids for a playdate. They’re also open late, until 11:00pm.

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PappaRoti on Robson Giveaway

If you would like to try the world-famous PappaRoti coffee bun, I have three $50 gift cards to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming which topping you want to try with the famous PappaRoti bun (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win 1 of 3 @PappaRotiCanada $50 gift cards @Miss604 #PappaRotiCanada

Follow PappaRoti on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information and inspiration. I will draw three winners at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Update The winners are @conniehgn, Oana, and Eric!

135 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Leanne ElizabethFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:00pm PDT

    Strawberry and wiped cream sounds great!!

  2. zaeliaFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:06pm PDT

    Mmmmm. Fresh fruit and whipped cream!

  3. Megan jonesFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:12pm PDT

    Nutella for sure. Yum

  4. OanaFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:15pm PDT

    Ice cream of course!

  5. JocelynFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:15pm PDT

    Oooh,I want to try a bun with Nutella. Everything goes better with Nutella.

  6. daliFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:16pm PDT

    nutella, so yum

  7. RamonaFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:16pm PDT

    Strawberries and Whipped Cream!

  8. Janet Y.J. KongFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:19pm PDT

    Nutella and Strawberries & Whipped Cream!

  9. Samantha ReevesFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:24pm PDT

    Wow, would love to try whipped cream and caramel.

  10. Linda tanFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 12:38pm PDT

    Would love to try the kaya one. Memories of Singapore

  11. Danielle ScottFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 1:26pm PDT

    The Pappa cream cheese sounds good or the dark chocolate!

  12. AlexFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 1:38pm PDT

    Ice cream!

  13. moniqueFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 1:42pm PDT

    ice cream and maple syrup!!

    right by my workplace…cant wait to try it

  14. AmandaFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 1:47pm PDT

    Nutella sounds delicious!

  15. janFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 1:56pm PDT

    the dark chocolate and whipped cream

  16. JoanneFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 3:31pm PDT

    Nutella!!! <3<3<3

  17. LindaFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 4:02pm PDT

    I don’t know what kaya is, so that’s the topping I’d want to try 🙂

  18. RachelFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 4:16pm PDT

    Ice cream!!

  19. SharonFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 5:12pm PDT


  20. SamanthaFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 5:55pm PDT

    Whipped cream!

  21. LisaFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 6:03pm PDT

    MMMMM ice cream and maple syrup! Thanks for the chance:)

  22. LauraFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 6:17pm PDT

    Nutella 🙂

  23. DavidFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 6:19pm PDT

    Nutella… is there really any other choice?

  24. StephanieFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 6:22pm PDT

    Yumm whipped cream and dark chocolate!

  25. AnneFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 7:15pm PDT

    Caramel coffee cream. Yum yum!

  26. Dayna WilsonFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 8:21pm PDT

    Maple syrup!

  27. Donald ShawFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 9:01pm PDT

    First one in Canada? I will have maple syrup on mine!

  28. SwapnilFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 10:18pm PDT

    Strawberry and cream

  29. KamFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 10:46pm PDT

    Strawberry and whipped cream…yum!

  30. SaraFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 11:03pm PDT

    I definitely need to try one with maple!

  31. Tooth FairyFriday, April 11th, 2014 — 11:13pm PDT

    Local organic jam sounds like it would be yummy but of course chocolatey nutella would be a real sweet treat!

  32. MarySaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 2:05am PDT

    YUM! I’d love to try this with the best topping of all..Nutella 🙂

  33. RebeccaSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 3:13am PDT


  34. Andy C.Saturday, April 12th, 2014 — 3:13am PDT

    Ice Cream!

  35. AmSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 8:00am PDT

    I’d choose jam!

  36. Tina L.Saturday, April 12th, 2014 — 8:08am PDT


  37. EricaSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 8:14am PDT

    Strawberries & whipped cream!

  38. MaryanneSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 9:06am PDT

    Banana and Nutella

  39. staceySaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 9:13am PDT

    Nutella and whip cream!

  40. EricSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 10:20am PDT

    Strawberries and whipped cream. Yummers

  41. PaulaSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 10:44am PDT


  42. MichelleSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 12:59pm PDT

    Banana and nutella, please!

  43. Lucie BSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 1:37pm PDT


  44. Kris JohnstonSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 2:21pm PDT

    Nutella! Yum!

  45. lindawwwwSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 3:17pm PDT

    Jam and whipped cream

  46. DeyaaaaaSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 3:47pm PDT

    Nutella! Nutella and more Nutella1 with Whip Cream

  47. DonaldSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 3:50pm PDT

    Strawberries and whipped cream!

  48. LindaSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 4:01pm PDT

    With Nutella

  49. BobbiSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 4:21pm PDT

    Banana and nutella will always win this battle.

  50. @wastedmassSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 5:53pm PDT

    Straight up syrup

  51. CliffSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 7:01pm PDT

    Kaya sounds interesting

  52. BrendaSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 7:02pm PDT

    Maple syrup and whipped cream

  53. suSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 7:22pm PDT

    Nutella, always!

  54. LoriSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 7:48pm PDT

    Ice cream and maple syrup!

  55. DarcySaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 8:04pm PDT

    Banana & nutella

  56. AshleySaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 8:39pm PDT

    banana and nutella for sure!

  57. Steph :)Saturday, April 12th, 2014 — 8:44pm PDT


  58. Mary WSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 8:45pm PDT

    whipped cream

  59. LorSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 9:36pm PDT

    Nutella 🙂

  60. Donna EngSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 9:57pm PDT

    Dark chocolate all the way! Maybe with some strawberries. Oh and either some ice cream or whipped cream! Yum 🙂

  61. EvelynSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 10:01pm PDT

    Strawberries and whipped cream! With a slather of dark chocolate ;D

  62. JennySaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 10:40pm PDT

    Oh, nutella too please!

  63. Jennifer M.Saturday, April 12th, 2014 — 11:49pm PDT

    Mmm..banana and nutella!

  64. Amanda LamSaturday, April 12th, 2014 — 11:54pm PDT

    I want it with nutella

  65. mike gismondiSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 2:02am PDT


  66. angela griffinSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 2:02am PDT

    strawberries and whip cream

  67. HeatherSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 7:59am PDT

    Maple Syrup please

  68. RuthSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 8:48am PDT

    Caramel! Simple, classic, sweet…

  69. StephanieSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 11:56am PDT

    Ice cream and maple syrup!

  70. Teresa KSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 12:18pm PDT

    banana and nutella

  71. michael hSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 12:22pm PDT


  72. rachelSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 1:37pm PDT

    yum !
    banana and nutella for sure !

  73. ShelleySunday, April 13th, 2014 — 5:37pm PDT

    Must try the Honey.

  74. TracySunday, April 13th, 2014 — 9:50pm PDT

    Sounds like it’d be delicious with ice cream!

  75. Bryan CSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 10:08pm PDT


  76. Leanne MSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 10:30pm PDT

    Banana and nutella

  77. Leanne MSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 10:31pm PDT

  78. Michelle WSunday, April 13th, 2014 — 11:55pm PDT

    Strawberries and Whipped Cream sounds delicious!

  79. DilaraMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 12:23am PDT

    I’d try it on its own.

  80. Radhika KhanMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 8:27am PDT

    banana and nutella would be delish

  81. robMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 8:55am PDT

    Nutella for sure!

  82. Kathleen ThomMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 9:26am PDT

    banana and nutella

  83. BradMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 9:41am PDT


  84. Selah W.Monday, April 14th, 2014 — 10:03am PDT

    Caramel and whipped cream please!!

  85. AndreMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 10:56am PDT

    nutella strawberry ice cream!

  86. Donna LMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 11:52am PDT

    I’d love to try banana and nutella!

  87. Jeff SMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 12:27pm PDT

    Banana and Nutella sounds delicious!

  88. taniaMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 12:46pm PDT

    Yumm whipped cream and dark chocolate!

  89. rinoMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 12:47pm PDT

    banana and nutella

  90. rockin’ robynMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 2:42pm PDT

    Nutella and whipped cream with strawberries on the side.

  91. JulianMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 3:08pm PDT

    Dark Chocolate!

  92. SophiaMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 3:21pm PDT

    I would love to try the banana and nutella!

  93. ValerieMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 3:53pm PDT

    Banana & Nutella without a doubt. Thanks

  94. Rajbinder KaurMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 7:32pm PDT

    Yum, fresh whipped cream sounds fabulous! cheers!

  95. kaykayMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 8:21pm PDT

    whipped cream

  96. JanetMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 9:20pm PDT

    Nutella! Goes well with everything!

  97. KevinMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 9:21pm PDT

    Strawberries with Nutella. Yum!

  98. GaryMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 9:26pm PDT

    Nutella sounds yummy

  99. BrandeeMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 9:53pm PDT

    It’s a toss-up between nutella or cream cheese. Sounds so yummy either way!

  100. Jo-Anne TealMonday, April 14th, 2014 — 10:49pm PDT

    Maple syrup. The Canadian Papparoti :))

  101. StotesTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 6:32am PDT

    Whipped cream & fresh fruit!

  102. leahTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 7:25am PDT

    ice cream and maple syrup sounds good!

  103. MarkTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 8:35am PDT

    Definitely dark chocolate!

  104. Christy ETuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 9:46am PDT

    Fresh fruit yum

  105. Ria A.Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 10:04am PDT

    Dark chocolate please! Mmmmmmmmmmm!

  106. valerieTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 11:58am PDT

    Nutella makes everything taste better!! 🙂

  107. Michael KwanTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 12:36pm PDT

    Can never go wrong with Nutella.

  108. JamesTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 12:39pm PDT

    Strawberries AND maple syrup 🙂

  109. LewisTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 2:51pm PDT

    Nutella and Banana!

  110. JeremyTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 3:00pm PDT

    Ice cream!

  111. KatieTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 3:47pm PDT

    Ice cream for me

  112. AngelaTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 3:57pm PDT

    Banana Nutella.

  113. NatalieTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 6:52pm PDT

    If there’s nutella on the menu, that’s always what I go for!

  114. Brenda ATuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 8:57pm PDT

    Strawberries and whipcream!

  115. DaneTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 9:46pm PDT

    Banana and nutella!

  116. AnnaWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 12:49am PDT

    Ice cream!! Yumm

  117. IainWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 9:39am PDT

    I scream for ice cream!

  118. ParisaWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 10:11am PDT

    Banana and nutella, what else?! Mmmmmmm

  119. Janet M-LWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 10:59am PDT

    Would love to try with dark chocolate and strawberries – yum!

  120. AnaWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 12:20pm PDT

    Nutella and strawberries!

  121. CjWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 12:40pm PDT

    Nutella and Banana for the win!

  122. Victoria EssWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 1:09pm PDT

    I’d like to try it with Nutella!

  123. Ginger Leah GervaisWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 1:09pm PDT

    Strawberries & whipped cream!!

  124. HannahWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 1:14pm PDT

    Strawberries and whipped cream – YUM!

  125. wondergirlWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 2:07pm PDT

    Ice cream

  126. nickyWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 3:25pm PDT

    dark chocolate for me!

  127. jaeWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 4:52pm PDT

    delicious nutella

  128. ConnieWednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 7:51pm PDT

    Nutella! Tastes good with everything! =)

  129. Dennis L.Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 — 8:32pm PDT

    This sounds delicious! I’d like to try it plain.

  130. sarah sarThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 7:16am PDT

    Maple Syrup!

  131. sarah sarThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 7:17am PDT


  132. IshaThursday, April 17th, 2014 — 8:59pm PDT


  133. AnglaSunday, April 20th, 2014 — 12:04am PDT

    Strawberries and Whipped Cream!

  134. vincent chenMonday, April 21st, 2014 — 2:18pm PDT


  135. janeTuesday, April 22nd, 2014 — 12:17pm PDT

    pappa cream cheese

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