Tasty treats, specialty drinks and lunch-time favourites arrive in Vancouver’s Westside
Bel Café is thrilled to open the doors of its second location in Kitsilano on West 3rd Avenue at Burrard Street, inviting Vancouver’s Westside to experience the same specialty coffees and teas, fresh baked pastries and desserts, and gourmet soups, salads and sandwiches that the downtown core has loved for the past seven years. In addition, the new café offers an expanded seasonal breakfast menu and broader range of and “grab-and-go” items for the neighbourhood to enjoy.
“I’m excited to welcome a new era for Bel and to bring new flavour experiences to Vancouver’s Westside,” explains chef & owner, David Hawksworth. “We hope the neighbourhood will welcome our new space and also the convenience of being able to pick up freshly made high quality food and drinks to enjoy at home, or on the go.”
The new Bel boasts interiors by Andrea Greenway and Ella Kane of studioCM. The sleek modern look combines industrial features with warm and lively botanicals and features sixteen indoor seats as well as outdoor patio seating. The café is equipped with a state-of-the-art Victoria Arduino White Eagle espresso coffee machine dedicated to speciality drinks made with 49th Parallel coffee, by highly trained baristas. Bel Café’s locally focused drink program continues in Kitsilano with caffeine-free turmeric and beetroot lattes from Blume, chai lattes from Namasthé, herbal iced teas from O5 Tea, fresh cold pressed juices from Nectar and bottled kombucha by Standard Kombucha.
New menu items include a succulent house-cured salmon bagel ($9) with labneh, pickled red onion, capers and herbs alongside a healthy kale and egg toast ($7), made with spicy braised kale, picked chili and toasted flax seeds. Grab-and-go items served in glass jars (a sustainable option that better preserves quality and freshness) include overnight oats ($6.9) soaked in house-made almond milk for breakfast and for lunch the watermelon and feta salad ($7.1).
Signature dishes from the original downtown location include roasted tomato soup ($7.6) with thai chili and cheddar gougère as well as grilled chicken banh mi ($12.4) made with lemongrass chicken, black pepper jam, crunchy vegetables, jalapeño and cilantro. All are served alongside a stunning array of daily house-baked croissants, danishes, brioche, muffins, scones and decadent desserts.
David Hawksworth’s Bel Café combines expertly prepared food and beverages with efficient and friendly service in an inviting, vibrant and chic setting. A selection of ‘ready to go’ items feature fresh baked pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads, nourishing soups, delicate desserts. Specialty coffees are custom roasted locally and served by a team of highly trained baristas. Artisan teas, fresh pressed juices and local lattes are also available. Bel Café is located at 801 West Georgia Street at Howe and now at 1708 West 3rd Street at Burrard. For more information visit: www.belcafe.com.
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