Café for Contemporary Art (Closed)

"Dedicated to culinary excellence (and inclusion) the café for contemporary art strives to provide the community with the best products possible."



Note: Café for Contemporary Art closed on July 9, 2014. You can find them in East Vancouver at 826 Renfrew Street and a possible new location is in the works for Commercial Drive.


At the foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver you will find Café for Contemporary Art where they mix coffee, tacos and art. The cafe is located on the ground floor of one of the many new condo buildings transforming the Lower Lonsdale waterfront. The concrete floors and high ceilings of the cafe are interspersed with an eclectic collection of chairs, while a corner of the cafe is walled off providing gallery space for exhibitions.

They serve coffee from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters with drip coffee and espresso drinks made on their Synesso machine.

Café for Contemporary Art also offers a unique option for lunch with tacos and burritos with a selection of vegetarian and meat variations. Two Daughters Bakeshop which is located a few blocks away supplies the cafe with their gluten-free baked muffins and cookies.





Shop Trivia

  • A few blocks down from the cafe is the old Moodyville townsite which was one of the oldest settlements in the region when a lumber mill was built in 1862.
  • Inspired by the successful redevelopment of Granville Island; the province of British Columbia created Lonsdale Quay in the 1980s on the site of a former shipyard. To help development of the area the provincial government also moved the headquarters for both the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and BC Rail to the waterfront property. The ICBC offices were completed in 1983 and was one of the last projects from the architectural firm McCarter, Nairne which was famous for designing the Marine Building and Main Post Office on West Georgia Street. The blue ceramic tile on the building starts off with a deep blue and fades to lighter shades of blue as it goes up.
  • Opened March 1, 2009.
  • Across the street was the old home of Wallace Shipyards founded in 1905 and one of the many ship builders in North Vancouver. Later known as Burrard Dry Docks it built hundreds of ships at its North Vancouver yards. Parts of their old yard on the waterfront has been converted into community space and condominium developments.
  • The large mural in the cafe was created by Swedish freelance artist Ishtar Backlund in June 2012 using a set of markers. She's also heavily involved in the downhill skateboarding community as a skater and as a artist with several of her prints being used on skateboard decks. She is also a team rider for Rayne Longboards which has a factory in North Vancouver located a block away.



Café or Contemporary Art | | 140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver V7L 0B3 | 778-340-3379 

Monday to Friday 8AM - 8PM

Saturdays 8AM - 4PM

Sundays 10AM - 4PM



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