Community: Lost + Found Cafe
One of Gastown’s hidden gems; the Lost + Found Café transformed what was once the historical Chelsea Inn into its current state. It is a cozy space with a well-travelled vibe, one that I would compare to the hostels I stayed in while adventuring abroad.
Made in house daily, menu items are simple. Café goers can expect household classics that range from cinnamon buns and brownies to spinach quinoa salads. For the early risers in the crowd (or those that believe that coffee time is anytime) coffee is supplied from local roaster Republica Roaster.
Café owner, Kane Ryan, has lived a nomadic lifestyle for the last 10 years and upon his return to Vancouver, Ryan set out to create a space that connects community through art, philanthropy and great food. With this vision in mind, the back of the Lost + Found Café is empty, available to be rented out for meetings or donated to non-profits for events.
Café walls are alive with trinkets from Africa, South East Asia and Central America, books and travel magazines. Proceeds from the these items directly support the Dirty Wall Project Foundation, a non-profit founded by Ryan in Mumbai, India 4 years ago. Overtime and with the ever growing awareness of the Dirty Wall Project’s work, Ryan is hopeful that the same positive impact will be had on Vancouver’s downtown East side.
“See a need and fill it.”