Friends Café is known as a local gathering space in the Calgary northwest community of Edgemont. The menu boasts a delightful assortment of delicious offerings including hearty soups, creative sandwiches, baked goods and hot or cold beverages.
The story of Friends Café is a testament to the power of friendship, resilience and the pursuit of dreams. Founded 27 years ago by three friends, it has become a beloved institution in the heart of Edgemont. Last year, as the previous owner decided to retire, a new chapter began and the torch was passed into the capable hands of Adelle Van Antwerpen, her husband Gerard and their son Bernard. Their journey had brought them from South Africa to the Middle East and eventually to Calgary. They have attempted to preserve the cherished traditions while introducing new items like Bob and Barb sandwiches, Friday clam chowder, milk tart and bobotie, which have already garnered praise from regular patrons and newcomers alike. As they recently celebrated their one-year anniversary of owning the café, the van Antwerpen family has embraced the challenge of carrying forward the legacy, honouring the founders’ vision while adding their unique touch. This atmosphere of friendship and connection they have nurtured makes it a popular neighbourhood hub.