Café Parvis is on a short street tucked behind St. James United Church. Parvis, meaning court space before a church, is a coveted lunch spot by workers in the downtown pocket once known as the “Fur district”.
The design is like a ’70s movie still with recycled factory tables, maroon colored stools, half-stripped green paint, vintage amber glass made in France and a jungle of hanging plants.
At Café Parvis (Par-vee), servers wear half aprons and offer glass carafes of water. The weekly changing menu is made of light salads (available in three portion sizes), inspiring entrées and pizza. My choice – fried zucchini flower with goat cheese and walnuts as an entrée and beet and quinoa salad with tarragon dressing. They also lure you in with a dinner and brunch menu and a newly opened co-working space upstairs.
Follow the toll of the church bells to a stylish escape from the crowds, to bask in the midday sun by the open floor to ceiling window or out on the garden terrace, and sip on local, designer cappuccino.