Café Postal is one of the places where you can feel the vibrancy of the French community.
—André Clément, co-owner
It's exactly what the neighborhood needed: a cozy café with delicious coffee, a place to meet friends and a jovial vibe. Café Postal opened up its doors this past fall in the heart of St. Boniface, right next to the historic old post office on Provencher.
"Our first inspiration was that the French Quarter needed a good espresso bar," says André Clément, co-owner of Café Postal. "There wasn't anything like it happening. Definitely there was a niche that needed to be filled."
Add to that, his fiancée and co-owner Adrienne Huard's expertise as a barista. Café Postal prides itself on its high quality artisanal coffee supplied by micro-roasters that has been roasted within days of being served.
And they're already expanding, at least briefly. Café Postal will open a pop-up during Festival du Voyageur in
Voyageur Park where they will be serving up lattés, cappuccinos and even
some boozy coffees to festivalgoers.
Barista Adrienne Huard and her sister Anna (Niki Trosky)
Which makes sense, since the intimate coffee shop is usually bubbling over with coffee lovers. "If we have a dozen people in the shop it feels like it's a party and everyone's getting the coffee buzz. It's definitely got a bustling feeling and everyone is talking and engaging, so it's a lot of fun that way."
Adding to the feel of the place is its decor with warm wood features. The wood is all local elm, trees felled due to Dutch Elm Disease and handcrafted by the Winnipeg-based shop Wood Anchor.
The customers are mainly people who live or work in the neighborhood, but Clément is pleased that people from all over the city are also checking them out.
"Café Postal is one of the places where you can feel the vibrancy of the French community, so anyone can come in at any time and you know it will be packed full of French people talking French. It's a rare opportunity for Winnipeggers to feel and hear French Winnipeggers for whom French is their mother tongue."
Clément is a descendant of multiple generations of Franco-Manitoban and Métis people in Manitoba. "I am a member with deep roots in this community. I grew up just around the corner and my great grandparents lived on Provencher Boulevard just down the street and I'm of a family that has been very involved in the community."
After travelling for a time and living away (in Osborne Village, all the way over the river), Clément decided it was time to move back 'home.' "Now with Café Postal I find myself not only working on Provencher Boulevard but living in Old St. Boniface, as well," he says.
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