Cafe inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo opens in downtown Fresno

Frida Cafe's colorful range of drinks, beautiful pastries, and artistic décor pay tribute to the painter.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A new café in downtown Fresno is using food, drinks, and art to bring alive Frida Kahlo's vibrant style.

Frida Cafe's colorful range of drinks, beautifully colored pastries, and artistic décor are all inspired by the Mexican painter's love of bold, bright hues and intricate designs.

Each drink on the menu is unique.

You can try the 'Almond Citrus Latte', that comes topped with freshly shaved essence of orange, or the 'Smoked Vanilla Cinnamon' cappuccino layered with cinnamon dust. The 'Mayan Xoco' is a sweet-spicy Mexican chocolate drink infused with crushed red chili and cinnamon sticks. And the creamy, earthy 'Agave Chai' can be ordered hot or iced by tea lovers.

The café also serves a variety of pan dulces - light and airy Mexican sweet breads - each in different hues to fit the theme, from striped cuernos (shaped like croissants) to pink and teal or chocolate-colored conchas (shaped like seashells).

The café held its grand opening on Monday morning at its location inside Los Panchos Mexican Restaurant on the corner of Fulton and Tulare Streets.

Owner Albee Sanchez said the response from customers has been overwhelming.

One customer even bought $200 worth of drinks to 'pay it forward' for others behind him in line.

"It started a chain reaction, and so people were buying drinks for each other all day. It was really cool, I got kind of emotional," said Sanchez.

Inside and outside the café, richly colored portraits of Frida Kahlo feature prominently, a fitting tribute to the artist known for her many self-portraits. Paintings of Kahlo's famous eyebrows and flowers adorn the walls and counters. And out on the patio, large umbrellas with vivid stripes are set up to keep diners cool.

You can tell that Sanchez has poured his love for Kahlo and for Mexico's culture into every little detail - something he said struck a chord with many customers.

"People come in and they say, 'Thank you, thank you so much for bringing this'... It's a new outlet for them to express their culture," he said.

Frida Café is open every day from 7 am to 2 pm.

You can bring your dogs along as well - there's even a special doggie water bar set up for them.
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