A Taste of Paris – Oui Paris Café in Burnaby Heights

This is a post for the Re-discovering Hastings Street series.

I enjoy walking a lot in our neighbourhood, and now with the blog, I enjoy it even more as I get to know the community, their wonderful stories, how they started, their vision and the realization of their dreams.  As I write this, I reminisce the atmosphere and the conversations.  Oh, what fun and an inspiration it is to know Oui Paris Café and the people behind it.  Theresa and Laura, you two are very wonderful women.. Thank you for welcoming me.. and Thank you for giving us a taste of Paris, just right next door!

Oui Paris Cafe Burnaby Heights
Welcome to Oui Paris Cafe Couture

We moved in the neighbourhood November of 2013 (oh my! almost a year now!).  Like I said, I walk a lot in the area, pushing Rianne and Ryan on a stroller.  Early this year, I’ve been seeing a renovation for a space here in The Heights.  I peak through the windows eagerly to have a look at what’s inside.  Who wouldn’t be excited?! New café?! and Oh dear, you should look at all the furnishings.. More so eagerly, I wanted it to open soon. Finally, last spring of this year, the wait is over.  March 31, 2014, this beautiful café offering a taste of Paris opened up to the public.  I’m sure it’s not just me who’s waiting.  The buzz about this elegant café has been all over Burnaby and Vancouver.

I wanted to go! But I don’t want to go alone! It’s a girl thing, you know?! I would enjoy visiting a new cafe with a girl friend.  I guess.. it is perfect timing and I found the perfect person! I asked, Christina of Motherpreneur TV, and a previous café owner in Holland, if she wants to check it out (instead of our original plan to go biking, why not? right?!).  Sure enough, we were both very excited!

Oui Paris Cafe Burnaby Heights
Me and my friend Christina, a cafe owner in Holland

As we walked through we were like little girls grinning in excitement and looking at all the details.  AH-mazing! It was a beautiful place to be! And coming from a café owner herself, she was impressed.  It is a lot of work to start your own food business and a café such as this, it’s sweat and tears yet a fruit of their creativity, passion, a reality of a dream.

So there we are, sipping our tea and coffee, having a great time, connecting, sharing visions, getting advice, deepening a friendship, just chillin’ in such a cozy place as this..

Meet the Team at Oui Paris Café

Oui Paris Café is run by sisters Theresa and Laura as well as Theresa’s son, Enzo.  Theresa is the idea behind it all while Laura specializes in customer service and son Enzo manages the food and is the cafe’s crepe chef (a must try!).  It is a family run business, so you get the care of a family.. That is Theresa’s vision.  She wants the café to be welcoming, warm, cozy, comfortable.. a place to chill, hang out, have a great time with friends, a place for conversations over a cup of coffee or tea, a place of smiles and warm hearts.  As for me, it’s a place to celebrate ‘me’, a quiet time to just look around and think, admire the beauty that surrounds me, a place that inspires me to do my art, a place that reminds me to be grateful.. A place that makes me feel like I’m in Paris even just for an hour or two.

Now, wouldn’t you want to move where we live?! We have awesome neighbours!!

Oui Paris Cafe Burnaby Heights
From left to right: Sisters Theresa, Laura and Theresa’s son, Enzo

Their Story

I don’t even know where to start.. the conversation over a cup of a sumptuously delicious dark hot cocoa.. I wouldn’t want to forget.  Read on..

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
A wonderful conversation over a hot cup of cocoa

Living in Australia for years, Theresa came back to Vancouver in 2007.  Little did she know a big change in her life is about to come up.. in 2009, she miraculously survived a brain aneurism. This near death experience has changed her perspective and has brought so much wisdom and appreciation towards life.  A natural entrepreneur herself, she owned 2 cafés in Melbourne, a retail store, did some business consulting, as well as managing her husband’s entertainment business.  At Oui Paris, she brings in years of experience and expertise as she used to work in the food services for years at the Banquet Department of the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver and the Princess Cruise Lines. Urged by the desire to bring the “Australian Coffee Culture”, plus the inspiration brought by the Magnolia Bakery, in New York, sprung the idea of opening a café of her own in Vancouver.  It took her a few years to find a space for her vision until she found the space where it sits now, just on the corner of Hastings and Gilmore in Burnaby Heights.

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Just the best quality of espresso.. Venus Bar Espresso Machine by Victoria Adruino

The Cafe

So.. why the name, Oui Paris?  Believe it or not, it wasn’t the original name Theresa thought of.  It was somewhere in the likes of “Serendipity” but she couldn’t get the licence for it as there is one so similar to it in Chilliwack.  What a dismay..  She asked herself.. “where would I rather be”? And the answer is.. Paris.  Oui Paris! Yes, Paris!

Have a step into Oui Paris with this short video tour.

From the name, the concept and vision became clearer and so she researched more about Paris. More than the food and drinks, she looked into the style, furnishings, murals, decor and so much more so that as soon as you step in .. You’d feel and say to yourslef, “Yes! I’m in Paris!”.

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Welcome to Oui Paris Café!

Theresa, an interior designer by profession who worked as one of the pioneers for IKEA in BC, incorporated a French Country feel.  Everything you see from the tables and chairs, ceiling chandeliers to floors are all refurbished, re-upholstered, reclaimed and repainted, and all done by Theresa! Isn’t that amazing! You’re not going to believe how she transformed these old and forgotten pieces into elegance and class.

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
An antique piece to hang your coats and leave your umbrellas
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
The comfiest corner by the fireplace
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Why not dine under these fancy canopy umbrellas?!
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
The black beams and banana yellow ceilings, creates a very nice contrast, and of course the huge center piece chandelier will surely catch your eye
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Talk about murals.. these are photographs of Paris back in the 1920s by the National Geographic
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Reupholstered chairs and the beautiful intricate detail of the marble center piece on the floor

What to get

Oui Paris offers a delectable selection of patries, cakes, dessert and savoury crepes, and of course specialty espresso coffees from beans that are just the best as well as teas. They also have a juice bar and smoothies for the summer.

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Ready to order?

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights

I personally have tried their London Fog with Lavander Infusion, Dark Chocolat de France, and the Chocolicious Smoothie.  They are just so delicious and I can’t wait to try more!

Now.. to some pastries, cakes and desserts to tempt you.. 🙂

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Chocolate Lava Cake
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Black & White Mouse
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Lemon White Chocolate

 

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
It wouldn’t be complete without a croissant
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
My favorite, a Cinammon roll
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
Some Baklavas
Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
And of course, a goodie bag to take home 🙂

Check it Out!

Come and check out Oui Paris Café in Burnaby Heights! It’s starting to get chilly and there’s no other place better than this to get your cup of coffee or tea to relax, unwind or chat with a friend.  This is the place to be!

To know more, here’s a video interview with the team at Oui Paris Café.

Oui Paris Cafe Couture is located at 4092 Hastings St., just on Gilmore and Hastings in Burnaby Heights.  You can contact them at 604-563-4011.

Oui Paris Cafe in Burnaby Heights
And to finish this post, there’s me on their beautiful, big, ornate mirror..

Bon Appétit!!

From Paris (in Burnaby heights) with Love,

Anne

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Very enticing blog post! I would love to visit Paris, but for now, this looks like a tres magnifique cafe to go to! Thanks, Anne for sharing your experience. A very enjoyable read!

    1. anneshetty says:

      You should Christine! Me neither, never been to Paris.. but now it’s just a few steps from our home if I want to be in “Paris”!

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