Leon’s Café: Frederic, Marisa, and Louis-Andre Leon

Frederic, Marisa, and Louis-Andre Leon’s Lenses on Leon’s Café

Surrey Through My Lens” proudly shares authentic photo essays that showcase what it is really like to live in and visit our community from a range of perspectives. Frederic, Marisa, and Louis-Andre Leon are the owners of Leon’s Café in Surrey. Together, the family trio takes pride in sourcing the best locally baked treats, crafting coffees with a European flair, and sharing a taste of Brussels and Liège with their signature Belgian Waffles! Their goal is to transport you to the streets of Belgium the moment you walk through the door—as they say, Europe is closer than you think. Leon’s Café is located at #104 – 1688 152 Street in South Surrey.

Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your personal connection with Surrey? ​

“We absolutely enjoy living in Surrey, BC! One of the main reasons we chose to raise our family in Surrey is because of the family-oriented atmosphere. There is a strong sense of community, with numerous activities and events designed for people of all ages. Surrey has a strong sense of community, with activities and events that cater to people of every age. The abundance of parks, playgrounds, and recreational centres gives our children endless opportunities for physical activity and socializing. Being part of such a family-oriented community makes living in Surrey truly wonderful!”

What does Leon’s Café look like through your lens? ​

We make an effort to have Leon’s Café stand out in the community with its cozy and welcoming atmosphere, soft music, and exceptional culinary options. Our menu is a delightful combination of traditional Belgian dishes that provide a truly unforgettable dining experience.

From Liege or Brussels waffles topped with mouthwatering Belgian chocolate to rich and warm croque sandwiches, we are committed to serving authentic flavours that will transport you straight to the heart of Europe.

What truly sets Leon’s Café apart is our dedication to quality and authenticity. Every ingredient used in our dishes is carefully sourced to ensure a unique taste that reflects the true flavours of Belgium. For example, we carefully select a variety of Belgian cheeses so everyone can experience the wonderful collection that Belgium has to offer. 

But the café is not just about the food. It’s a place where people come together to create lasting memories. The friendly and attentive staff make sure that every visit feels like a special occasion, where everyone is made to feel right at home.

From the Discover Surrey Team:

Looking for a unique Made in Surrey gift idea? The signature bonbons at Leon’s Cafe are perfect for the chocolate lover on your list—hand-crafted in-store using the finest imported Belgian chocolate. Need we say more?

What is something that helped make Leon’s Café a reality?​

Having the family’s constant encouragement, advice, and guidance was instrumental in overcoming obstacles and staying motivated during challenging times. This helped create a family bond and taught us how to create an environment filled with love, encouragement, and positive energy.

Leon’s Café is a unique piece of Surrey’s community mosaic. How does your community influence what you do?​

We encourage people to gather, enjoy a meal and spend time with each other at the café. Sometimes, people get so comfortable and enjoy the warm and inviting atmosphere so much that they spend hours in the café. Anyone who stays a while ends up meeting new people or running into friends, creating a sense of community and togetherness.

What is something people may not know about Leon’s Café?​

When I first came to visit Canada in 1995, I noticed that there was not a place that resembled Belgium. So, I always had in mind that if I could open a café with a European style, people would be able to experience what living in Belgium is like.

The idea of opening a cafe that could bring people together and have a place where they could unwind with comforting food was all I wanted to provide.” 

From the Discover Surrey Team:

With imported Belgian chocolate in store, Leon’s Café is one of the top spots for a mocha or hot chocolate in Surrey. But we’re spoiled for choice! Check out our other picks for where to get the best hot chocolate in Surrey. 

Lastly, what inspires you to share Your Surrey by bringing a taste of Belgium to your neighbourhood?​

We wanted to share a taste of Belgium in our multicultural community and highlight the culture, language, and tradition. And as we share our experiences, we also want to create an environment where others can share their unique experiences. Leon’s Café is a place where everyone should feel welcome and valued, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or linguistic background.

We want to recognize the beauty in our diversity and cultivate unity through mutual respect, understanding that in our multicultural community, food is not a barrier; it is a bridge.

Building Community

Leon’s Café is often a hub for community events and fundraisers. The best way to hear what’s going on is to pop in and ask what’s new. Whether it’s helping connect “Santas with Seniors” or supporting a local rugby club as they raise funds to travel overseas, Leon’s Café is fast becoming where the community comes together. 

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