By the time Saturday rolls around in my house, I’m ready to skip the sensible, I’m-an-adult-now breakfast and treat myself to something a little more indulgent. My current weekend breakfast obsession is Crêpe and Café – it’s where to eat in Vancouver for a little taste of Paris right in the midst of my Dunbar neighbourhood.
I’m a creature of habit, so this weekend I ordered what I order every time, the #7 savory crêpe: a made-to-order buckwheat crêpe filled with eggs, feta cheese, sauteed mushrooms and spinach, with this amazing tangy sauce on the side. The mushrooms were my 18-month-old daughter’s favorite part, so when she wasn’t otherwise plowing through a blueberry muffin, she was mooching mushrooms out of my crêpe. Which is only fair I suppose, given that I also ate half the muffin.
Editor’s Note – You have an 18-month-old who loves mushrooms? I am impressed!
The menu features a wide variety of sweet and savory crêpes, grilled baguette sandwiches and french pastries. Maybe next weekend I’ll break with tradition and order something different.
Where to Eat in Vancouver When Mama Needs Coffee
Let’s face it. If the crêpes were amazing but the coffee was horrible, I would have a hard time justifying how often I choose this spot when I’m deciding where to eat in Vancouver. Thankfully, I don’t have to wrestle with that dilemma. My standard drink – a decaf non-fat latte – is well-made each time and is exactly what I need to get my weekend off to a great start.
The Kid-Friendly Vancouver Factor
There are a lot of places out there that are not designed to accommodate the energy of a child. This is not one of those places. While it doesn’t have a designated kids area or play section, the dining area is spacious and there are couches and tables that definitely make this a kid-friendly Vancouver eatery. They have a couple of child sized chairs, which, while a bit mismatched with all the table heights, are always a hit with my little girl. The french-themed artwork and knick-knacks throughout the space provide a great distraction for a toddler on the verge of a meltdown (and I speak from experience here, people).
Vancouver Restaurant with Character
The café is owned and operated by a lovely Parisian couple: He speaks to me in french (which I find charming, despite not understanding much beyond crêpe numéro sept and au revoir mademoiselle!) and she is no-nonsense and efficient. I have made it my personal mission to get her to crack a smile – hoping for success someday soon.
The Crêpe and Café is located at 3500 West 41st Avenue, 1 block east of Dunbar Street, and is a great place to visit for a little weekend (or weekday, if you’re so lucky) indulgence.