|Cuisine Type |||Coffee Shop, Desserts|
|Ambiance |||Offbeat, Quiet Conversation, Romantic Spot, Casual|
|Meals Served |||Dessert|
|Amenities |||Coffeehouses & Desserts|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Getting There |||Bus # 9, 99, 10, 4, 7|
|Cross Street |||6th Ave.|
|Open nightly 7PM-1AM|
Profile Last Updated: December 12, 2008
Cheesecake Etc., located at the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, is easy to overlook. There’s no flashy sign, lit-up entrance, or mouth-watering window display. The unassuming exterior carries through to the cramped interiors, which are candle-lit with rickety chairs and hard-backed wooden booths. The ambiance is reminiscent of a shabby chic Parisian café circa 1950s. Opened by a couple of jazz musicians in 1979, Cheesecake Etc. stays true to its original inspiration: playbills and posters of jazz greats are plastered on the dark red walls.
A Slice of Cheesecake
True to its name, Cheesecake Etc. has one house specialty that attracts a nightly gaggle of sweet-toothed locals: its phenomenal cheesecake, made with a secret homemade recipe handed down through generations. The menu is limited, but the quality is superb. Choose from plain cheesecake, cheesecake with strawberries, or chocolate cheesecake. The velvety slices are topped with real whipped cream and served with generous dollops of strawberry sauce made fresh daily. Whole cheesecakes are available to go.
Music and Quiet Conversations
Cheesecake Etc. is a great place for a quiet tete-a-tete or a laid-back dessert date. Aside from the cheesecake, there’s French bread, served with butter and preserves, and a raisin and walnut cake. The drink selection includes coffee, tea and homemade hot chocolate. The tiny joint gets packed on weekends. Service can be haphazard. On weekend evenings, a piano player weaves a seductive musical spell on patrons.