Culture Critique- Cafe Renzo

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For VOGUE Italia, culture review: Café Renzo
Mikayla Mazur

Like the moth to the lantern, café Renzo magnetizes passersby with neon hued window lighting and an airy, welcoming layout. From the sidewalk, extravagant pastries and sandwiches tickle several senses at once. Even behind the humid layer of cool glass, chocolate curls and red velvet layers pop, vivid and decadent. Should you be bold enough to make an attempt on one of the gigantic slices, prepare to put in a significant effort? The cakes at Café Renzo are carved by the hand of a man living out a ‘The more, the merrier!’ approach at things.
But all in balance… The sandwiches are massive as well.
Above and beyond the front counter, the creative direction of Café Renzo is surprisingly minimalist. The clean, white wall space, that which is left between incredible bay windows, is mounted with a local artist’s pen and ink drawings, framed and mounted entirely in white. The art in Renzo is celebrated via technologies finest in LCD screen TV’s as well- one of which hosts a revolving presentation of photography by resident photographer/barista.
Lucked out on location, Café Renzo sits alongside attractive Commercial drive, neighbors with a sprawling greenspace. On hot august afternoons, a walk through the park with Renzo’s complimentary signature lime-strawberry-mint water and a croissant. Our cooler days beckon for the steamed Chai Spice latte or possibly, a mint London Fog. With such beautiful design, location and cuisine, Café Renzo keeps promise after promise of something very unordain.

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