After living in downtown for so long, and visiting the gallery several times, I don’t know how I missed going to this cafe. It can be easily missed as it is on top of the gallery.
The cafe was pretty bare. It had an European cafe feel, and had a high-end charm. We each had a piece of dessert with Coffee $2.25. Nice presentation! The chocolate cake was really creamy and tasty. Mmmmmmm!
Since it was warm, we sat out on the patio. Definitely would come back again for sure!
I’ve been here several times before and thought it was a unique cafe with the gallery combined. I had my instructor from art school exhibit here and it’s a nice size and venue. But it had been a while since returning.
The staff are friendly and the selections of drinks and food is alright. The furniture on the other hand needs some upgrading. They all seem to be something that was picked up from Craigslist that was up for grabs for free. We sat on two sofas around a small coffee table, in which the cushions were so flattened out that there wasn’t any support for your bum. It wasn’t comfortable sitting on springs/coils, nor were they clean.
We moved into a private area that was sectioned off which had two tables, several chairs and a big sofa. Again, the furniture was mismatch and the sofa looked like 50 years old (not in the lovely Victorian-old, but a cheap sofa that’s been used forever in someone’s basement).
One guy said that his cake was pretty good.
Overall, I was left with a ‘meh’ impression this time. Unless I wanted to bring a friend that was totally into paintings (which were really nice by the way…wanted some, at the same time, inspired me that I should get back into it again…lol) don’t really know if I’d come back as it seems run down now.
When we got to the cafe, there were no other customers. But the place is a cute 2-storey small cafe, where the 2nd floor is transformed into a little art gallery.
As I graphic designer, I was intrigued with their cute business cards and designs of collateral. When we asked who designed them, the brother and sister team (I originally thought they were couple-looking, but one reader had commented – as seen below, that they were siblings) said they did themselves. They weren’t overly friendly or sociable, but we got our drinks and muffin. I was happy to see some IKEA bookshelves and sofa’s. The theme seemed to be white and clean. I liked the first floor much more than the upstairs.
It’s an easy-to-miss cafe, worth trying out
Love their branding! So cute
Went back recently and noticed that they got new furniture for the second level. It seemed more inviting. They left the door open on a cold rainy day, so I froze, but a film crew were shooting a film just outside the cafe and so people were going in and out of the cafe often. Service is ok, nothing friendly or joyful. I still do like their branding, and beautiful lattes.