|Cuisine Type |||Organic, Sandwiches, Soups|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks|
|Amenities |||Internet, Live Entertainment, Coffeehouses & Desserts, Counter & Bar Service|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bus 6, 24, 25|
|Cross Street |||Government Street|
|Mon-Fri: 7:30AM-6PM (9PM on event nights); Sat: 9AM-6PM; Sun: 10:30AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: May 07, 2009
Solstice Café is dedicated to protecting the environment and stimulating growth on Vancouver Island. The café serves light meals and snacks made with organic and locally produced ingredients, such as salads, bagel sandwiches, homemade soup, pizza and the house specialty spinach pie, which comes with homemade hummus. Those with a healthy sweet tooth will be over the moon with the selection of vegan, dairy-free and organic cookies, muffins and squares. The café serves only organic, fair-trade coffee and tea made with organic sugar, dairy and soy milk. Solstice even boasts its own exclusive java blends, which are specially roasted locally by the Fernwood Coffee Company.
Comfortable community hangout
With exposed brick walls, thick wood tables and chairs, and lots of natural light streaming in the big front windows, Solstice is a cherry place to hang out. The bright yellow walls of the café act as a gallery to display the work of local artists, which can be bought right off the wall. The funky space also features a totem pole, lots of live plants and flowers, and comfy chairs perfect for curling up with a coffee and the paper. Solstice is a great place to go with the kids, as there’s plenty of space for strollers and a play area with a bunch of toys and books. Great music is always filling the high-ceilinged space and there’s a piano in the back corner waiting to be played — you just have to ask the other patrons first!
Solstice series and other arty events
From comedians to philosophers, Solstice Café hosts a variety of groups that all have something to share. In the evenings, the café hosts exciting events, such as poetry readings, Café Philosophy and the Friday night live music “Solstice Series”. The café also hosts the Solstice Festival for the Folk, an event designed to nurture the community with music and art. The June festival was launched in 2007, to fill the void left by the demise of Victoria’s Folk Festival, and brings together a variety of local acts playing many different genres of music. And it all takes place at the café!