Picture this: You’re sitting at a table on a quiet sidewalk underneath a large, red umbrella. The crust of your Provençale quiche flakes delicately under your fork; the flavor of the roasted cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and homemade pesto transports you to the Mediterranean. You may feel as if you’re on a small side street in France, but you’re in another small river town a world away, at French Press Café in Hastings, tucked back on Warburton Avenue.
Being off the beaten path works both for and against this small cafe. There’s no storefront on the street to welcome foot traffic, but people who see the chalkboard sign on the sidewalk can find their way to a quaint setting offering a few outdoor tables.
Open since May, the cafe features homemade pastries, quiches and panini made by chef and owner Michelle Saint-Victor Torres.
The indoor space is small but beautiful. Picture cozying up in a chair with your laptop (WiFi is available) with one of an assortment of coffees and teas (served hot or cold) or such signature drinks as the iced chaippino (a chai tea, served cold, with a shot of espresso). There are smoothies, too, and juices are coming soon.