Our Valentine’s Day Treat! #happyvalent

February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our Valentine’s Day Treat! #happyvalentinesday http://ow.ly/i/szRp


Dear Giovane @facebook fans, we will soo

October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear Giovane @facebook fans, we will soon amalgamate our fan page with @fairmontpacific. Be sure to keep in touch here: http://ow.ly/79LII

hiatus, no more!

August 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello there! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Have you missed us as much as we’ve missed you?

Pardon our brief hiatus recently as we’ve undergone some big changes. Namely, our wine bar! Forty wine labels are served nightly by the glass through our Enomatic Wine Serving System customized for Giovane Cafe + Wine Bar from Italy (wines also sold by the bottle). Our new hours are listed below:

Monday – Saturday: 6am to 10pm (wine bar opens and table service begins at 5pm)
Sunday: 6am-7pm (no wine bar)


Are you a delegate at the #SIGGRAPH convention? If so, please read below. We thought we’d give some tips on how to figure us out, especially if you’re visiting us at the cafe for the first time.

The cafe is shaped like an “L”. On the long end is the coffee bar and on the short end is the deli. You’re more than welcome to order anything at either end (order coffee at the deli or order food from the coffee bar)! All coffee orders are to be picked up at the coffee bar under the yellow sign. If ever the line is too long on one end, feel free to pop on over to the other end of the cafe and we would be more than happy to take your order right away.

We hope this helps you enjoy your first or next visit to Giovane Cafe + Wine Bar and the Fairmont Pacific Rim!

wine bar opening soon!

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment


June 2011


Giovane Cafe will be transforming into a wine bar at 4pm from Monday to Saturday starting late June 2011. The wine bar will boast a 60 label wine list as well as cheese and charcuterie plates for pairing. For our cafe enthusiasts, have no fear! The cafe’s coffee bar and deli will still be open for your caffeine and pizza fix 😉

We cannot wait for you to try what we have to offer. In the mean time, come visit us at 1038 Canada Place (direct entry to the cafe is on Cordova Street). See you soon : )

introducing barista, mark wu.

May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

If there is one word to describe Mark, it is “passionate”. He has passion for guest service, the quality of each coffee that goes out, the speediness of each order, and the overall experience for each guest in Giovane. He is the cafe’s supervisor and, as our colleague, Parker, described him, is like Batman. He does anything and everything he can to make our cafe the cafe to go to for both quality of food and coffee as well as service. World, meet Batman Mark Wu. Batman Mark Wu, meet the world.

  1. First Kitchen Job: where and when?
    Starbucks, where I learned the basics of coffee.
  2. What drew you to Giovane?
    Too many things – pastries made in-house in our pastry kitchen, Italian-style deli (pizza and panini), latte art and our coffee (roasted specially for Giovane by 49th Parallel)
  3. What is your favourite pizza, panini, and pastry in the cafe?
    Pizza: This is a tough one. I would have to go with Diavola or our weekly pizza special – it’s always a good surprise!
    Panini: Charcuterie
    Pastry: Chocolate Zeppole
  4. Favourite foodie spots in Vancouver?
    Hapa Izakaya, Motomachi Ramen, Landmark hotpot for their late-night seafood congee.
  5. Did you go to school for hospitality or were you pulled in by interest?
    Yes, finished off my degree in UBC and went on to obtain a diploma from Vancouver Premier College.
  6. What is your favourite part about working in the cafe?
    Being a full on cafe within a high-end hotel, we get the chance to be casually creative and formal at the same time. Every day is different, every day we get to interact with different types of people from local work force to people around the world.
  7. Dream country to visit based on food – describe/list the foods you’d like and, if you’d like, the regions you’d like to get it from.
    Anywhere with good rack of lamb, steak and fresh sashimi.
  8. Last meal?
    I would have to start off with some buffalo wings followed it with rack of lamp with lemon dijon crust and drizzled with balsamic reduction, steak covered in satueed mushrooms, asparagus with butter. Fresh lobster sashimi, mirugai sashimi (geoduck) and uni (sea urchin) and finished it off wit ha pint of beer.
  9. What food/flavours do you not like?
    Not a whole lot, off the top of my head, bitter gourd, bleu cheese/goat cheese, and licorice.
  10. What do you want people to know most about the food we serve at Giovane?
    We are a liquor licensed cafe. We come up with specialty drinks made from a variety of spirits every month!

weekend reading :: towards an ethical architecture

April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

towards an ethical structure: issues within the work of Gregory Henriquez

Towards an Ethical Architecture: Issues within the work of Gregory Henriquez is exceptional. Vancouver has been touted to be the most livable city in the world and we believe it is because of individuals like Mr. Gregory Henriquez, of Henriquez Partners Architects, who are passionate about not just the form and function of a structure and space but how the aesthetics and the ethics of the project give way to community development.

Towards an Ethical Architecture: Issues within the work of Gregory Henriquez is available at Giovane Cafe.

weekend reading :: fashion decor – new interiors for concept shops

April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

fashion decor: new interiors for concept shoes

Some say shoes are a girl’s best friend.
Some might even say books are a girl’s best friend.

Fashion Decor is the perfect combination of all things wonderful in design and fashion. Flip through and enjoy images of fashion in stores that are works of art themselves accompanied with snippets of the space’s design.

Fashion Decor is available at Giovane Cafe.