About two years ago, my husband had an afternoon appointment on Arbutus. A café in the area had recently caught my eye, a place with a most tempting name: Plaisir Sucré. We decided to meet there with our kids (then three years and five months) once he was free. At the time play areas weren’t top on our list of criteria, rather we were drawn in by the promise of delicious French treats. So we were happily surprised to enter the Vancouver restaurant and find a foam-tiled play area and plenty of toys to occupy our kids as we caught up with one another!
Plaisir Sucré has since become a favourite for all of us. The scrumptious French pastries are an ideal accompaniment to a leisurely break, while the sandwiches make for a filling lunch. They also have soups and quiche, as well as bread to go. On our most recent visit, I enjoyed a generously-sized ham and Brie sandwich and an Americano, and barely managed to resist ordering a sweet! It almost goes without saying that the coffee is sublime.
Food for Grown-Ups, Welcoming to Kids
The welcoming owners of this Vancouver restaurant, Fabrice and Erika Roché, are parents to two young children. Although their food appeals to grown-up foodies, they are always welcoming to little customers. Both of my kids are fond of Plaisir Sucré’s cookies and pastries, and even my super-picky two year old eater can’t get enough of their flaky, buttery croissants, which are simply merveilleux. The toys on offer caught my youngest’s attention from our first visit, and even now appeal to my kindergartener. They so enjoy playing and eating there that I can relax, take advantage of the free wifi, and catch up with friends in person. The vibe is friendly and cozy. It’s a place where regular visitors are known by name, and where children and adults alike are made to feel at home.
A Taste of the Left Bank in a Vancouver Restaurant
On a pleasant day, the playground and splash pad at Kits Community Centre is a short stroll away, and the Arbutus Walk area gives some car-free green space and another play area. But when the rains pour down, settle in with some calorie-worthy treats, and let the little ones play while French conversations drift across the café and French-language programming plays on the TV behind the counter. This Vancouver restaurant is a taste of the Left Bank on the West Side!
Melanie Antweiler lives on the Westside with her husband, two energetic sons, and two humongous Maine Coon cats. A stay-at-home mom, she finds herself serving as co-chair of the PAC at her kindergartener’s school. Melanie uses the skills honed in grad school to obsess over, or “research”, strollers, and maintain a personal blog.
2668 Arbutus Street, Vancouver