Earlier this year I visited the Faubourg in Kerrisdale for the first time, and learned that they were opening a new store in downtown. Well, time flies. A few months later, the new Faubourg on Hornby has opened its door and I of course had to swing by to check it out.
As soon as I got there, I immediately saw the patio and it reminded me of the cafes in Paris, France, where the seats all face out. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of Faubourg’s patio, but here’s one from Paris just to get an idea:
Then I walked inside and the decor is pretty similar to the Kerrisdale location. In the back there’s a projector screen playing what seems like black-and-white French films; on another side of the cafe there are paintings of the upper class enjoying some pastries. Elegant and classy. This could be a nice, quiet place to read your favourite book, but it could also be somewhere bustling with lots of chit-chats and coffee meet-ups.
If you read the Kerrisdale post, you know I liked their products. This time around, for a coffee meeting I grabbed myself an Almond Croissant along with a cup of Iced Latte on a hot summer day. The Almond Croissant was flaky and airy, not dense like some croissants could be. I like the thin layer of fine almond paste inside. Overall, even with the icing sugar dusting the almond croissant was not overly sweet which makes a great snack in the afternoon. And it’s just the right size, too. Rumour has it that KB has made the almond croissant one of his go-to breakfast items in the morning. I also heard that he has been going to Faubourg like 2-3 times a week for breakfast and coffee.
I also really liked the presentation of the Iced Latte. It’s in a tall glass that you don’t often see in other cafes/coffee shops. This type of glasses just seems more elegant. It makes you want to take your time and savour every sip of the coffee.
I said in my Kerrisdale post that I would add the downtown location to my go-to place list; now that it’s open, I’ll make sure to visit it regularly. Too bad this location doesn’t offer afternoon tea/bistro service, so it would only satisfy my pastry and sweet cravings. Nonetheless, I think this is a much welcomed addition to the area for some great quality, fresh bread, pastries and sweets.
769 Hornby Street, Vancouver