The Abstract Cafe has been open for a few months now and I have been meaning to give it a try. I had some time between assignments yesterday and dropped by.
This has to be one of the least visible sites on the Drive. It is in the mini-mall at the south-west corner of Commercial & Venables. It faces Venables and is in a deep set back and can easily be missed. The Spelt Bakery used to be there before the space failed as a vape lounge last year. For a limited-menu cafe it also faces competition from Uprising Bakery, right across the street, which has an ominously loyal following.
The space has an airy, comfortable feeling, with lots of art all over the orange walls. They have tables and chairs and easy couches; it feels homely, with an interesting soundtrack. It has something of the feel — though not the decor — of the Props House that used to be a few doors further down Venables. I liked it, I liked the coffee, and the lady who runs the place seems pleasant enough.
There is, as I said, a limited menu (click on the image for a larger view). I haven’t tried anything yet but I will be back.