Vinci’s Gallery and Caffé , a discovery

June 13, 2014

The wonderful thing about being in the arts and having a flexible schedule is that I can drive C to her morning internship appointment, hang out at Sbux for an hour, pick her up and drive to my afternoon appointment and we get to spend the day together.

How fun is that?

Well, C’s appointment ran a bit longer, (she’s been sent to a publishing company to learn the Helix computer software), and that left us in an unfamiliar part of town with about 30 minutes to grab some lunch.

I told C that I remembered a small, quaint cafe which used to be in the area millions of years ago and so we decided to try to find it. We didn’t, but happily we found this lovely little gem of warm lights and soft pillows and beautiful, bold paintings.


Everything about the Vinci’s Caffé is fresh and thoughtfully presented. We especially appreciated the lemony water and Bon Maman jars upcycled as glasses.


We ordered ham and cheese croissants and decided on a nice table at the back of the restaurant away from the glare of the day.


And faced this lovely painting which slid sideways to reveal an office! How cool is that? 😀 I asked the most likely culprit, Sandra, who just happens to be the owner and resident artist, if I could take some photos and share.


I passed Sandra’s easel on my way to the washroom. I can’t tell you how much I love the idea of painting in one’s own cafe/gallery. (sigh) Someday?


The back hallway leading to the washrooms and back exit had more beautiful paintings as well as giant canvases yet to be painted.


We enjoyed our lunch so much here. Not only were the croissants fluffy and warm and buttery, but eating them surrounded by huge oils and a warm glow was exactly what we wanted. We’ll be back.

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Coca Cola, Rachel's wonderful drawing challenge
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  • Reply Patty/NS June 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Such fun to find a new gallery/cafe with good food and beautiful paintings.

  • Reply drew delaney June 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Lovely! I would like to be nearer a Café like this with a special friend. Very cool!

  • Reply EllaDee June 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    What a gorgeous cafe, a great place to relax and spend time. Checking out the bathrooms, and enroute can be interesting – good interesting in this case. The whole idea of sharing food and art and/or books in the one space appeals to me also.

  • Reply Jennifer J. Chow June 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    What beautiful paintings! And I like the hidden office entrance.

  • Reply Pondside June 14, 2014 at 5:23 am

    That’s one of the best t hings about living in a large city – there’s always something new to try, a new place to stumble across………..

  • Reply Pamela Smyk Cleary (PSC) June 15, 2014 at 9:27 am

    What fun! Cooped up today, but this felt like a lovely outing in a beautiful space! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica June 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Oh no, hate those days when one just has to endure. Hope you got out eventually. 🙂

  • Reply June 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    What a marvelous and creative place to find! I love the exotic look too!

    • Reply Veronica June 16, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Hey Kathryn, maybe that’s the ideal job for you…for both of us. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein June 16, 2014 at 5:25 am

    what a lovely place .. i too wish i could have a ‘job’ like that

    • Reply Veronica June 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

      I know, right? Except I get totally caught up in the painting and then someone would be trying to get their croissant and I’d be completely oblivious. 😀

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