Crema 2.0

Author: John Posted: February 16, 2012

Back to our roots.

This December we celebrated our 5th year in business and we felt it the right time to give Crema the new hair cut it was begging for. We are really happy with the results so far and I wanted to share a few of the highlights to perhaps entice you to make the journey over the bridge.

These tops and our 9 foot communal table are made entirely of salvaged material from the Opsal steel building and the Pantages theatre in Vancouver built in 1900.

The globes are handmade fixtures and handblown glass shades from Portland, Oregon’s Schoolhouse Electric. If you’re in Portland you’re definitely going to want to pay them a visit, they’ve just relocated into a new share space with Ristretto Roasters and some other boutique businesses.

This old barn wood, from 1840 originates from a building just outside of Lancaster, Ontario right on the Quebec Border. It gets its unique silver like colour as a result of being exposed to the sun year after year.

This is a 1920’s Authentic Wedding Cake Style Chandelier from Chicago. You’ve got to see it in person to see the way the steel in the fixture has beautifully aged.

We sourced many of the items (chandelier, table tops, barn wood) through Scott Landon Antiques on South Granville. If you’ve never been to his store before definitely go check it out when you’re in the area, it’s full of beautiful things with great stories.

There is more to see, but I’ll leave that for when you visit. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Crema, it’s where it all began for us 5 years ago. We do coffee (Phil & Sebastian and jjBean at the moment), fresh baking & pastries on site and we’re located right next to the water. For best results, pick a sunny day and visit us by bike.

Crema (@cremawestvan)
1495 Bellevue Avenue
West Vancouver, BC
V7T 1C3  |  Map

12 Responses to “Crema 2.0

  1. george says:

    nice shots.

  2. Anthony Benda says:

    Fucking beautiful.

  3. Bfortch says:

    I want to go to this place. Is it open yet?

  4. Awesomeatlife says:

    Gorgeous!!! Really lovely job – cannot wait to visit in person and check out all the little details. xx ABC

  5. Scharmadillo says:

    whatttttt!? how did i just now see this!? looks amazing!

  6. Lawrence says:

    WOW, sorry I missed it… WHAT A TRANSFORMATION…

    NOw, I want to move back next summer and stop there on my rides back from Horseshoe Bay or Cypress…

    Great job.

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  8. John Giannakos says:

    Thanks everyone.

  9. Natalia Wein says:

    Dear Giannakos,

    I really love what you did with Cafe Crema – the interior design looks great! Well done. I STILL haven’t been to Revolver – been meaning to go…maybe this weekend…anyway, I wanted to know if I could blog about your cafe using these beautiful photos. My friend and I started a blog called ‘Vintage and Nahla’ and it’s a combination of things post from Vancouver (where I live) and Vienna (where she lives)…It would be great to blog about your cafe!

    Thank you,


  10. george says:


    Thanks for the comment. As long as you give a photo credit you are more than welcome to use the photos for your blog. Let me know when it’s up so I can check it out too.

    - George

  11. Cafe Crema « Vintage & Nahla says:

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  12. Natalia Wein says:

    Hi George,

    Thanks for getting back to me. Our post is up – check it out when you get a chance!

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