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Cafe for Contemporary Art - CLOSED

140 East Esplanade Ave., North Vancouver, British Columbia V7L 4X9, Canada
778-340-3379
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Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Mexican
Good for: Families with children
Description: Café for Contemporary Art is an independent art space featuring both international and local artists; is an amazing café serving the most thoughtfully roasted (and sourced) beans predominantly from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters; is a great place to get soup; is home to Matthew Craig's signature spelt brownies (best ever!); is a great place for kids to come and draw; is home to periodic literary and musical events; is across from the Pinnacle Hotel on East Esplanade in North Vancouver's emerging Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood.
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Good for: Families with children
Description: Café for Contemporary Art is an independent art space featuring both international and local artists; is an amazing café serving the most thoughtfully roasted (and sourced) beans predominantly from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters; is a great place to get soup; is home to Matthew Craig's signature spelt brownies (best ever!); is a great place for kids to come and draw; is home to periodic literary and musical events; is across from the Pinnacle Hotel on East Esplanade in North Vancouver's emerging Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood.

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English first
Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Ha a great time having lunch here last week with my kids. They have a little place on the side, away from the quiet patrons with their laptops, with a kids table and blocks. That was much appreciated. Though my kids didn't play much because they were busy eating the amazing burrito and cookie I had ordered. Super cool atmosphere.... More

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I visit this cafe fairly frequently as I live close by and always have a great experience. Love the location, atmosphere and fit out- and the staff are always friendly. Their burritos are amazing with a couple of vego options including Mr Bean which is one of my faves (although i'm still devastated that they don't have the 'thaico' or... More

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Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Great friendly service. Food came fast. Small latte and large fish burrito came to $11. The ingredients fresh and I was more than full. Nice atmosphere just like the name says. It's got a contemporary loft feel - feels like your first apartment but with friends that make tacos and allows you to relax with coffee or tea for as... More

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Rockville, Maryland
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Came here for lunch after a visit to Lynn Canyon. We enjoyed it! It may not be for everyone - the menu was limited and service fairly slow. However, it's still a fun, unique and tasty spot to check out at least once, and in a central location near the water in North Vancouver. We had a group and sampled... More

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Vancouver
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Everything is fresh as can be and made to order. Best burritos north of San Francisco, a real North Vancouver gem. Just please promise not to tell too many people! Enjoy!!!!!

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Windsor, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Thank you to Chef Matt for a great lunch!!! The salad,shrimp tostados and trio of assorted tacos left us happy and full. Pricing incredible for such fresh ingredients and flavor. Has an upbeat vibe with lots of young families and people just hanging out talking and having coffee. A neighborhood gem for sure where everyone seems to know each other!... More

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North Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
206 reviews 206 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The tacos are great, so is the coffee. Been multiple times and they have never disappointed. The potato taco is definitely the winner. You really can't go wrong with this place. I just wish it was more of a late-night place. This part of North Van is sorely lacking in 'late-night' hangouts. A place with great tacos and coffee would... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I enjoyed stellar contemporary fish tacos. The coffee is great, too! The lighting is not the best, but it doesn't matter much when the food is great.

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

On two visits to CAFCA, I've been distracted by hearing both music playing in the kitchen and music playing in the restaurant. The cook listens to his own choice of music while "mood" music is played through the main sound system. When I mentioned this to the staff I was just told that the cook likes to listen to his... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

They could definitely do a "best thing I ever ate" show on these tacos! I am not usually a fan of the taco, but driving down from a hike on Mt Seymour, I saw this place listed with great reviews , so what the heck!? I had a pulled pork, slaw and cilantro, and a beef brisket taco. They were... More

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