Fayetteville is a suburb of Syracuse, NY, where I mostly spend my time enjoying the restaurants of Towne Center. My brother and I enjoy checking out local coffee shops, and I’ve been meaning to give Fayetteville’s Soleil Café a try, which opened in 2016. We learned that the café is located in a plaza called Fayetteville Square, which has a few other eateries and shops. It’s the first time we’ve been here…
What’s really interesting about the café is that they promote ‘brewbrightness,’ their name ‘Soleil’ means ‘sun,’ and when you first step inside of the café…it really is a bright, open space with a nice amount of sunlight pouring through the front window.
Soleil Café – Coffees
You can choose from made-to-order espresso beverages, pour-over coffee, chai latte, matcha, hot chocolate, and loose leaf tea at Soleil Café. Naturally flavored syrups help enhance your drinks, which are tasty.
The Lavender Latte has been a drink in my rearview mirror for quite a while now, so I decided to finally give it a try. I’m going to be honest. I was disappointed because I didn’t taste anything that gave me the impression that I was drinking a Lavender Latte. My brother ordered a Latte with cinnamon, honey and vanilla. His drink’s flavor profile was lacking as well. However, one thing that we both agreed upon was that Soleil Café makes a really good-tasting, strong cup of coffee…takes a bit of time to get to you, but it’s good coffee. They brew beans from local micro-roaster Peaks Coffee Co. (Cazenovia). As for the lattes, ultimately not a fan.
Soleil Café – Food & Sweets
Soleil Café sells light pastries and a few other edibles. I ordered a Peach Pop Tart, which they heated for me. The crust had a light dusting of sugar crystals, and was delicious and flavorful. The filling is not commercial…but I didn’t get to enjoy it fully. I ate some at the café, and took the rest home to finish. As I tried to wrangle the Pop Tart out of reach of Rosey (our Chihuahua mix), a half of peach fell out onto the floor with a resounding thud. Wow…I’ve never seen that large a fruit piece used in a pastry…that was different.
I’d definitely buy the Pop Tart again.
My brother ordered waffles (to-go) topped with fresh strawberries, which were accompanied by a side of (I think it was a honey-cinnamon syrup, but not sure). I personally prefer my waffles cooked a tad more than this…I should have tried them, but I didn’t for some reason. My brother was not thoroughly impressed, and did not finish them.
Soleil Café – Other Thoughts
Soleil Café offers free Wi-Fi, which I love. You’d think everybody would, but they don’t. You can sit outside the café, or stay inside. While waiting for our coffees, we camped out at a few wooden stools by the picture window, which warmed our faces. You can also sit close to the coffee action in a mini-diner- stool area. For the most part, the overall seating arrangement towards the back felt a bit claustrophobic for my taste, but it does create a sense of community within the café, which was full with groups of people chattering amongst themselves…an overall nice neighborhood vibe.
What kind of features do you like in a coffeehouse/café?