Renfrew Cafe is a new cafe that recently opened six months ago in East Vancouver. This cafe specializes in handmade pies and coffee. Pies are made with locally sourced ingredients and are made fresh daily. Coffee comes from a variety of Vancouver’s coffee roasters.
Fresh clean lines with influences of modern day Japanese simplicity shapes the interior decoration. The wooden light window box is much of a focal point as it displays sweet pies and cookies. Wooden panels extends from the counter to the rest of the cafe crafted by Arata Hatanaka of Arata Design Atelier.
Renfrew Cafe is owned by Tyler Russell and operated by Ayako and Shunsuke Taguchi. Tyler Russell is the new Executive Director / Curator of Centre A and had previously owned Cafe for Contemporary Art in North Vancouver. Shun Taguchi had previously worked at Caffe Artigiano.
Renfrew Cafe’s vision is to bring some delight into your daily lives, promote community and conversations. Delicious pies and coffee are some perks that comes along for the ride!
We spent a delightful sunny afternoon chatting with Tyler over pies and coffee; culture and arts; and Vancouver’s local coffee scene. Russell, who is well traveled and fluent in English, Japanese and Korean brings an unique perspective to the table.
Matcha Latte: Yummy frothy mug of a healthy vibrant green is nutritional and flavorful.
Beef and Kimchi Pie 7: All natural beef from Okanagan and locally made kimchi. The pie crust was firm and flaky with soft beef briskets throughout. The tart and spicy kimchi was a good way to brighten the pie without being too heavy. Served with small slaw salad. We loved the humor put on the pie crust. Why so serious?
Other savory pies include:
- Ham and Cheese – local hams, mozzarella, and homemade tomato sauce. (think pizza pockets)
- Mushroom and Spinach Pie – sauteed mushrooms, spinach, mozzarella cheese and homemade tomato sauce.
Matcha Mochi Anko Pie 4: made with red bean paste, mochi and matcha powder is one of Renfrew Cafe’s best sellers. It has all of my favorite ingredients wrapped together and is not too sweet.
Other Sweet Pies Include:
- Mocha Banana – organic bananas, mocha sauce from Elsyian Coffee, and almond cream.
- Very Blueberry – all natural blueberries and almond cream.
- Classic Apple – stewed granny smith apples.
Next time you stop by, say Hi to Shun! Tell him Nomss sent you!
Cuisine: Coffee, Cafe, Tea, Desserts, Pie
Tue 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
826 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 4B6