I have a new favourite coffee shop. The Vendome Cafe is in the Sunnyside heritage building where Heartland Cafe used to be, behind the LRT station. The owners of Teatro run it now.
The Vendome has some of the friendliest staff I’ve ever met at a coffee place, even when the lineup stretches to the door on a weekday mid-morning. It also bakes everything on-site.
I’ve said before I’m not a coffee expert. I just know what I like and don’t like. And I like the Americanos ($2.25/8 oz., 2.75/12 oz.) at Vendome.
There’s also a tranquility (no, I’m not going all hippy dippy) to the place in the high ceilings, hardwood floors and the sunlight streaming in the windows. I could sit there all day … and eat croissants.
Oh my god, the croissants ($6.95). They’re not the regular crescent-shaped ones most places make. Vendome’s croissants are flat and square — and stuffed with warm gruyere and emmenthal cheeses. There are two kinds: flaky and buttery with spinach and mushroom, or flaky and buttery with ham.
I haven’t made it past the first kind. I also haven’t been able to take a photo of it because it comes out of the oven and straight into my belly.
Vendome Cafe, 940-2nd Ave. NW, (403) 453-1140.