Le Marche St. George is a charming rustic market located on St George Street / East 28th Ave (residentially between Main / Fraser). This little haven is a breath of fresh air from your daily high-street chains. There is little signage to draw you into the part cafe, part boutique grocer, neighbor friendly hidden-gem. Operating out from a renovated house, Le Marche St. George somewhat reminds me of something out of an Anne of Green Gables movie – an old world ambiance.
Although this little nook has limited sheepskin-lined bench seating – a small window bay and a table, and one outside bench, neighbors gather here for leisure conversations. Cozy throws and blankets are provided to keep you warm and comfortable during plummeting temperatures.
Couples cuddle together while sipping hot coffee chatting about life / dreams; while accompanied by their gorgeous dog. Even the rain won’t stop them! It is somewhat romantic and endearing as we snapped a photo of them through the windows. I can even envision bicycling on warm summer days to get away from the busyness and bringing home a fresh bouquet of flowers. Kid friendly environment with wooden toys and books for your toddler to make adventures out of.
This boutique grocer offers a variety of goods both locally and internally sourced. Daily staples of milk and banquettes, eggs, produce, organic milk, artisan cheeses, sausages. Eiffle Tower shaped pasta, olive oil, salts (sea, butcher, and gardener), Mission Hill preserves, etc stock their pantry shelves. Virgin hand woven throws, blankets, and scarves; trinkets, perfume and even knitted goods can also be found.
When you stomach is a little empty, fuel up with homemade sandwiches, quiches, and wild mushroom risottos. Menu may vary depending on the day and is noted on their blackboard by the window. If you feel like something sweet instead, they even carry delicious macrons from Kitchening With Carly.
So how is the coffee here you ask? Freshly made espresso beverages are available. We both tried the Americano Espresso – no need for something fancy or the annoying-skinny-this, extra-hot-that, 3-pumps-whatever, 5 minutes type of order.
The coffee served in a modest mug is anything but ordinary. It is strong, flavourful, but not acidic or sour to taste. They know what they are brewing. Hot milk is served in a small bowl. Harney & Sons Tea in a variety of flavours readily available. I hear the Au pain chocolat is to die for!
If you were awed by the cozy café, you would be more astonished by how they transformed their home into something beyond what the exterior of the home offered. It may be cold outside, but the inside completely warms your heart!
Live at Marché St. George becomes modern classic that is rare to find.sourced: http://www.marchestgeorge.com/2011/11/live-at-marche.html
Everything about the decor, the details in light fixtures and the furniture makes me think that I would love to buy a house like that! Currently unavailable until further notice but with rent options. I wish I can B & B here...
Le Marche St. George
Cuisine: Coffee, Cafe, Grocery
Monday - Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am-6pm
Closed holiday Mondays
E 28th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5V 2N2