Launched in 2014 in Paris, Café Kitsuné is a high-concept coffee shop with locations around the globe. Now the beloved brand, known for its chic Paris-meets-Tokyo vibe and offshoot lifestyle products and stores, has set its sights on Vancouver.
Café Kitsuné confirmed with Vancouver Is Awesome via email they are opening a Vancouver outpost, however, a rep would not immediately provide further details about the brand's first Canadian venture, including the address or the projected opening date, though they promised to have that information for us soon.
There are currently 15 Café Kitsunés around the world - including in Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, and London - and just one so far in North America, in New York City.
"Café Kitsuné pays tribute to the pleasure of enjoying a quality coffee in iconic locations - Tokyo’s Aoyama district and Paris’ gardens of the Palais Royal," describes the coffee shop, adding: "Loyal to its origins, Café Kitsuné’s menu also offers in addition to coffee, French-Japanese specialties."
The company has its own coffee roastery in Okayama’s district of Izushi in Japan, and its own house blend roast featuring South American beans.
In addition to its sophisticated coffee program featuring brewed and espresso beverages, Café Kitsuné guests may find savoury items like Japanese-style egg salad sandwiches, and elegant French pastries. You'll also spot the brand's fox logo - kitsune is Japanese for "fox." While at Café Kitsuné, you'll hear tunes from Kitsuné's "Musique" arm of the biz.
Café Kitsuné has been in the hiring stages for its Vancouver operation.
Some Café Kitsuné locations are teamed up with Maison Kitsuné, their fashion boutique that started it all for the "Art de Vivre" brand in 2002. It appears this may be the case in Vancouver as well since Maison Kitsuné also has several Vancouver job listings.
And don't be confused; while nearly a decade ago there was a popular local café also called Kitsune on West 2nd in Olympic Village, that was not affiliated with the French business.
We'll share more details about the Parisian brand's impending debut in Vancouver as soon as they become available. In the meantime, have a look at what is offered at various Café Kitsuné locations in other cities: