Tayybeh has opened its first cafe in Kits

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      Unless you’ve been sleeping on Vancouver’s culinary scene for the better part of a decade, you’ll have heard of Tayybeh—a popular Middle Eastern catering company made up of Syrian refugee women.

      The social enterprise emerged in 2017 as an initiative organizing ticketed pop-up Syrian dinners across the Lower Mainland, made exclusively by an all-women culinary team.

      For the past seven years, the catering company has hosted buffets, banquets, and even community cooking classes in Metro Vancouver, as well as opened up a food truck. In that time, they’ve grown from pop-ups in community centres, mosques, and schools to a fulsome meal enterprise, offering their dips, frozen meals, grill, and bakery items online and in select grocers. 

      Finally—to the delight of many Vancouverites—the catering company has its very own cafe in Kitsilano.

      Announced on their social media pages, Tayybeh soft-opened its doors on February 1, welcoming the public for dine-in service as well as takeaway.

      The cafe serves up hot meals like chicken shawarma and kebab, and appetizers such as the mouthwatering kibbeh and cheese samboosak.


      The restaurant’s first major special event appears to be an upcoming Valentine’s Day dinner, made up of a five-course-meal of Syrian dishes not yet seen on the catering menu. There will also be live entertainment by musical duo Rasha Youssef and Grace.

      Tayybeh Kitsilano

      2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

      Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm; Sunday, 9am to 5pm

      Instagram: @tayybeh.syrian