Varda Café-Bar

TIFF Lounge & Café-Bar
Varda Café-Bar

"In my films, I always wanted to make people see deeply.
I don’t want to show things, but to give people the desire to see."

— Agnès Varda

Welcome to Varda – the new lounge and café-bar on the third floor of TIFF Lightbox, named in honour of the celebrated French filmmaker Agnès Varda. Varda is the new downtown destination for high-quality delicious coffee, conversation, sophisticated drinks, and snacks.

Join us for special cinq à sept offerings on Member Tuesdays in homage to Varda’s Cléo de 5 à 7.

Hours
Monday:
Closed
TIFF Member Tuesday:
4pm-10pm
Wednesday – Thursday:
4pm-10pm
Friday – Sunday:
11am-10pm
Looking down the hall towards the Varda Lounge with a portrait of Agnes Varda at the end
"I live in cinema. I feel I've lived here forever"
– Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda

1928-2019

The films of Agnès Varda, like the director herself, have been celebrated for their playfulness, curiosity, and empathy. Over a career that spanned seven decades, the “godmother of the French New Wave” worked tirelessly in documentary and fiction — often blurring the line between the two to create portraits that are both inventive and profound.

As she once said, her favourite subjects were “the rebels, the people who fight for their own life.” Many of Varda’s films are about women navigating the world, uncertain but hopeful. By turning the camera on herself, her loved ones, and the lives of those rarely represented on screen, she gave us a new, intimate way of looking at the world. “In my films, I always wanted to make people see deeply,” she once said. “I don't want to show things, but to give people the desire to see.”

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CHEF CREATED SPECIALS
DUCK CONFIT SALAD BAO  2/$15

Duck confit, pickled cucumber, vegan hoisin, bao

DAN DAN TOFU SALAD BAO  2/$15

Five-spice tofu, dan dan sauce, napa cabbage, chopped pickled mustard greens, bao (vegan)

GUACAMAME DIPPER AND WONTON CHIPS  $13

Pulsed edamame and avocado dip, served with wonton chips

BREAKFAST AT TIFF   $14

Available Saturdays and Sundays until 4pm

Mimosa (premium triple sec, orange juice, sparkling wine, orange slice garnish) with choice of croissant

PASTRIES & DESSERTS
BUTTER CROISSANT  $4
CHEESE CROISSANT  $4
HAM & CHEESE CROISSANT  $4.5
PAIN AU CHOCOLAT  $4
VEGAN DATE OAT BAR  $4.5
ASSORTED PACKAGED SNACKS  $5
LOLLI-ROLLS  $8

Croissant-like dough formed into a circle with a creamy and decadent filling.

Strawberry
Strawberry filling uses house-made strawberry compote, folded into a creamy filling.

Lemon
Lemon filling uses a tangy yet sweet lemon curd, folded into a creamy filling.

Crème Brûlée
Crème Brûlée Roll is filled with a creamy-custardy-pillowy filling, made with real vanilla, not artificially flavoured. Then it is coated with sugar and torched to a caramel.

AGNES’ TEA MENU   $3.5

Cream of Earl Grey
Organic Assam Breakfast
Organic Sencha
Premium Jasmine
Organic Moringa Mint
Organic Chamomile Lemongrass
Lemon Ginger Rooibos

COFFEE
ESPRESSO  $3.5
AMERICANO  $4
CAPPUCCINO  $5.50
LATTE  $5.50
BOTTLED BEVERAGES   $4.75
FEATURED COCKTAILS   $13
OLD FASHIONED

2oz bourbon, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, garnished with orange peel

MANHATTAN

2 rye whiskey, 1oz sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, garnished with cocktail cherries or a lemon twist

NEGRONI

1.25oz gin, 1.25oz campari, 1.25oz sweet vermouth, garnished with an orange twist

NIGHT TRAIN

Espresso, 1.5oz vodka, 1oz frangelico, 1oz coffee cream liqueur

FRENCH 75

1oz gin, 4oz sparkling wine, lemon juice, simple syrup, garnished with lemon peel

VODKA MARTINI

3oz vodka, 1oz vermouth, garnished with green olive

ROSALIE ROYALE

Our signature cocktail. 1oz crème de cassis, 3oz sparkling wine, Angostura bitters, floral bitter

MOCKTAILS   $7
GINGER 'N' FRED

Cranberry juice, ginger ale, garnished with a sugared orange zest rim and orange twist

DARK 'N' STORMY

Chilled black Assam tea, in-house salted lime cordial, ginger beer, garnished with lime

BEER   $10
PERONI
COLLECTIVE ARTS

Lager
Beyond Reason Pale Ale
Life in the Clouds IPA
Stranger Than Fiction Porter
Daily Forecast - Mimosa Sour

WINE LIST
RED

Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva6oz / $12

Francis Coppola Diamond
Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon
6oz / $14

Meiomi Pinot Noir6oz / $14

Xavier Vignon GigondasBottle / $78


WHITE

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc6oz / $12

Willm Réserve Riesling6oz / $14

Wakefield Estate Label Chardonnay 20226oz / $14

Pierre Riffault Domaine
de Carroir Perrin, Sancerre
Bottle / $65


ROSÉ

Henry of Pelham Rosé6oz / $12

Gérard Bertrand
Côte des Roses, Rosé
6oz / $14

Francis Coppola Sofia, Rosé
Bottle / $45


SPARKLING

Freixenet Cordon Negro
Brut Cava
6oz / $12

Chateau de Montgueret
Cremant de Loire Brut
Bottle / $45

Veuve Clicquot BrutBottle / $125

5 À 7 menu

ALL ITEMS PRICED AT $8.85
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE TAX
FEATURED COCKTAILS

OLD FASHIONED

2oz bourbon, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, garnished with orange peel

MANHATTAN

2 rye whiskey, 1oz sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, garnished with cocktail cherries or a lemon twist, if preferred

NEGRONI

1.25oz gin, 1.25oz campari, 1.25oz sweet vermouth, garnished with an orange twist

NIGHT TRAIN

Espresso, 1.5oz vodka, 1oz frangelico, 1oz coffee cream liqueur

FRENCH 75

1oz gin, 4oz sparkling wine, lemon juice, simple syrup, garnished with lemon peel

VODKA MARTINI

3oz vodka, 1oz vermouth, garnished with green olive

ROSALIE ROYALE

Our signature cocktail. 1oz crème de cassis, 3oz sparkling wine, angostura bitters, floral bitter

WINE LIST

RED

Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva6oz


WHITE

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc6oz


ROSÉ

Henry of Pelham Rosé6oz


SPARKLING

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava6oz

BEER

PERONI

COLLECTIVE ARTS

Lager
Beyond Reason Pale Ale
Life in the Clouds IPA
Stranger Than Fiction Porter
Daily Forecast - Mimosa Sour

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