Introducing Vancouver’s first-ever Vietnamese coffee bar. Opened by childhood friends Minna Van and Andrew Han, they’ve teamed up to launch CA PHE Vietnamese Coffee House, a pop-up inside Chinatown House (188 East Pender St.).

Both Minna and Andrew grew up and attended elementary and high school together in Chinatown. Their backgrounds reflect the Asian heritage of Vancouver with Minna being Vietnamese and Andrew being Vietnamese-Korean.

CA PHE’s coffee menu offers both traditional and modern interpretations of the quintessential Vietnamese coffee. Minna personally visited Vietnam this winter to have custom dark coffee beans roasted the way she enjoyed them as a child – in butter with a hint of rum. Currently, there are four coffee options available: really strong Vietnamese coffee, really strong iced coffee, avocado coffee, and egg coffee.

“Growing up in Chinatown, we were able to witness, experience, and live the life of immigrant children in Canada, all while maintaining our heritage. Ca Phe is truly our version of heart, home, and heritage through sense of taste. From my coffee to Andrew’s sweet creations, we cannot wait to see what customers think and feel when they step foot in CA PHE.”

– Minna Van, Co-Founder, Ca Phe Vietnamese Coffee House
Brown Butter Matcha and Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies with Black Sesame Caramel

The sweets menu is expected to change bi-weekly, allowing for experimentation of flavours. To open, CA PHE will offer sweets including spiced 55% dark chocolate hoisin swirl brownie with Vietnamese coffee salted caramel, brown butter matcha and cream cheese swirl blondie with black sesame caramel, and black sesame chocolate chip cookies.

The 16-seat CA PHE Vietnamese Coffee House is expected to pop-up until mid-Spring. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. until coffee and sweets run-out. Coffee prices start at $3.80 and sweets start at $3.75. As it is located in a coworking space, people can bring their laptops and sip and snack while working.

Visit CA PHE Vietnamese Coffee House at 188 East Pender Street in the heart of Chinatown.

Photography Credit: Mike Le

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