Describing Sophie’s is no easy task. There’s tons of wacky memorabilia on the walls from Star Wars lunch kits to Pee-wee Herman dolls. The menu is an extensively large selection of savory breakfasts like omelets or heavenly burgers in the afternoon. If the bright neon lights don’t get your attention outside the building, I don’t know what will. Sophie’s Cosmic Café is an experience full of fun, nostalgia, and great food.
Sophie and Chris Dikeakos along with their family owned and operated a Greek restaurant in the 1970’s here in Vancouver for a number of years. After shutting down, Sophie came across a classic neighborhood diner properly named The Arbutus Restaurant up for sale. Sure enough in 1988, Sophie’s Cosmic Café opened its doors after the Dikeakos family took the place over.
The Cosmic Café comes from the other half of the building. When renovations were being done, a former Hemp shop next door called the Comic Circus was discovered. The cosmic name in Sophie’s was taken right from there and is still being used, now part of what you see on the 4th Ave signage.
As the years went on, decorations quickly went up on the wall. A lot came from the families own “treasures” in their attic and even a few donations. Sophie calls herself the “Queen of garage sales” and says she found a lot of what you see from hunting around. Chris tracks down unique and interesting pieces of art.
Emmanuel, Sophie and Chris’ son, keeps the place running along with his brother, Aunt and Uncle, and even nieces. A true dying breed in the way of business, Sophie’s is and always will be family run. The tight knit group works hard to keep up the legacy while bringing in fresh ideas.
What you will find is breakfast that includes a tasty selection of omelets, combination plates, Belgian waffles and benedicts. There are of course healthy and gluten free options for everyone too and the food is made from scratch. The all day breakfast ends at five and pastas, burgers, meatloaves, and a variety of sandwiches are what await you at night. Then of course there is the desert; Milkshakes, pies, and old fashioned ice cream dishes including Cosmic Sundaes and Banana Splits that are all to die for.
Then there’s the unforgettable entertainment like a Madame Anne, A Palm Reader who stops in on Thursdays to foresee the future with your palm or even coffee grounds. UBC Astrologist Professor Doctor Jaymie Matthews even comes in on Sunday’s with his own questions for trivia for a rousing and tough game.
The best description might be music, food, crazy décor, and a dedicated family who’ve served the community for the last twenty six years. Emanuel says he was born in Kitsliano, lives in Kitsliano, and is proud to be part of the community.
Impossible to replicate, and guaranteed to give you a lasting memory, Sophie’s Cosmic Café is simply out of this world.