Cafe Crema is a family owned and operated coffee shop and cafe serving expertly pulled espresso drinks and freshly made pastries and baked goods.
After a chilly stroll in WestVan, I needed a coffee. This place looked inviting enough, and as a previous reviewer remarked they have wi-fi (although I couldn't get my iPhone to tune in). After a brief inner debate I settled on a cup of drip Colombian and a cookie. Both were just fine but a little pricey. Service was okay too. No smile, but I suspect the server wanted to be outside. This place has a nice ambiance, and next time I will spend a little more time in there, if only to get my wi-fi on...
Crema makes some of the best coffee and specialty drinks in all of vancouver.Their specialty drinks (lattes, espressos, etc...) are incredible. Although the sandwiches can be a bit pricy for the value, they are made fresh and consistent in taste.
Ambiance is great and just across from the ocean. People watching is always fun especially on sunny days. Tables and chairs make it so that you never want to leave. Staff are knowledgeable and all the baristas have to earn their time behind the bar.
If you are looking for an incredible and authentic coffee house experience, go to crema.
Had meant to try Cafe Crema for some time but never got around to it... had coffee there recently and tried their 'Pink Mocha'. Raspberry infused with a traditional mocha. Delish! A Tall (12 oz) is a pricey $4.33 with tax.
Haven't sampled the food but the small menu is of sandwiches and baked goods.
Ambience is all right, not great. Seating is a bit odd. Background music a tad too loud. Decor is a valiant attempt at urban chic but seems to be lacking something.
Still think of the days of when it was Milieu in its early years. Sigh.
Too bad Cafe Crema closes at 5pm. Wonder why they aren't open evenings. Would do very well if open later.
Went with my mom for just a cup of take out coffee. Walked in and was shocked at how run-down the place looked! There were huge rips, and I mean huge rips on the seats of chairs. It wasn't my all time fav place to go when it opened, but it was ok, and I liked the location, the food was standard, not great but ok. Now is a whole different story. Mom bought two Tall cups of take out coffees. I picked up one, and the paper cup it was in was so thin, even with the cup cuff, that the wall collapsed and the hot coffee spilt all over my hand. I had to rush to the washroom to put out the scalding burn. I took a closer look at the cup, and it was very very thin. Since it was tall, it made a difference, if it was the smaller shorter one, not so much. I went to the lady behind the serving counter and inquired. She said the cups were "standard", This is not true. I go to many other coffee houses ranging from large franchises to small momandpop businesses etc a lot, and i have NEVER had this prob because their cups are adequate, even without the cuffs. I said to her, I don't think so, and all she gave me was a dirty look, even after I told her the coffee burnt my hand. She didn't even offer to mention it to the manager. I would have been even ok with that. So thats it. I will never go back. Another customer heard all this and agreed. So obviously I rated the service as poor, value as poor because not only do you get a cheap thin cup, but the quality of the coffee is not worth getting hurt for it. Had food in the past, and it was mediocre (nothing special).
Kristine and Tarry are the hosts and owners and they love their customers, their store and the privilege of sharing their lives with their coffee drinking friends.
I come 3-4 times a week for their coffee and the collection of people that gather. I also use this as an office away from the office and I am grateful for the free Wi-Fi. (In fact, I am writing this review from my Crema "corner" -- by the fireplace -- early on a Saturday morning.)
What I don't like about Crema? Not much. But it is hard to find a seat on a weekday morning -- this is definitely the "in" gathering place for WV moms, business executives, bicyclers and a potpourri of seawall walkers.
Note -- local art on the walls, free newspapers and very friendly staff.