Inside Vancouver's new cream puff and chocolate cafe before it opens (PHOTOS)
Much-loved Vancouver cream puff and chocolate maker BETA5 is gearing up to open its cafe to the public this weekend, and it’s safe to say that from our visit, anyone who heads to the Industrial Avenue spot is in for a sweet treat.
As soon as you step into BETA5 2.0 – AKA the brand’s new 16-seat cafe, not to be confused with its production space next door – you’re greeted with a state-of-the-art refrigerated countertop and 24 varieties of bespoke chocolates and around a dozen kinds of cream puffs.
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The 900-sq-ft spot is light and feels spacious. Decor highlights include colourful bocce lights and stools as well as the brand’s trademark pastel polygon pattern.
BETA5 2.0 will be offering patrons its trademark chocolates and cream puffs alongside coffee from 49th Parallel Coffee, a special Mocha made with BETA5 chocolates, and a new life-changing hot chocolate created from a 66% dark chocolate blend.
“We wanted people to be able to feast with all their senses when it comes to entering BETA5 2.0,” says owner Adam Chandler.
Chandler and BETA5’s other founder, Jessica Rosinski, have been operating the business out of an industrial area in the city for eight years. After six long years of searching around Vancouver for the perfect place for a cafe, it turns out they found it right next door to its current production space (413 Industrial Avenue).
Chandler and Rosinski already have a whopping 50 international chocolate awards, 100 polygon chocolate bar flavours, and 200 cream puff flavours under their belt, so something tells us this new venture is going to be a success as well.
Starting November 16, folks can head in and build their own six- and 12-piece chocolate boxes and eventually enjoy custom pastries like BETA5’s popular éclair.
BETA5 2.0 will be open Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Address: 409 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver