Discovering the Cornerstone Cafe – First Visit


Yes, we’re some of those people. The people whose eyes show white at the thought of crossing the feared “Blue Bridge” into Esquimalt (unless we’re bee-lining to the Rosemeade Dining Room at the English Inn, of course); those who rarely venture into Fernwood unless clutching tickets to some Belfry production or other; folks who equate the “tweed curtain” encircling Oak Bay with the welcome warmth of a favourite blanket.

So it was with some trepidation that we followed a friend’s suggestion to stop by the Cornerstone Cafe smack dab in the middle of Victoria’s hub for all things hemp and granola. Must have been the promise of Discovery Coffee that convinced us (click the link for a rather entertaining “stomp” video).

We’re glad we went, though we got the feeling Leigh’s red suede Italian boots may have been less welcome than the rest of us.

The beans, of course, were great, but the shots were also well pulled (by two separate baristi). Baked goods were from the always tasty Patisserie Daniel. The Cafe also does soups and sandwiches, but it was too early to sample those. Next time.

Perhaps the best thing about the Cornerstone (apart from the brilliantly expansive people watching windows) is the fact it’s a not-for-profit venture of the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group.  Monies generated at the cafe are funneled directly back into community projects.  How’s that for Fair Trade?

In parting, we realized the Cornerstone is located right next door to the coming soon Stages Wine Bar. Which is worth a remark about the Fernwood community’s changing face: Brekkie at the Cornerstone, tapas and drinks at Stages and then on to the Belfry to catch a show … all very hip – do we need to get on the bandwagon and invest in some fleece-as-fashion-item?