Café YOU

A Unique Coffee & Food Experience

California, Australia and more….

A California Wine Dinner Extravaganza

YOU are not gonna wanna miss.

On Fri (10/13) and Sat (10/14) YOU can enjoy a spread of Californian specialties including  Fisherman’s Wharf Cheoppina (pictured) and paired with Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blank and a number of other beautiful Californian wines. Dinners start at 7:00 pm. Call 239-600-0966 or make your reservation online at

Several wineries in Napa, Sanoma and Mendocino counties were damaged by the wildfires sweeping through California’s North Coast. A reported 31 people have tragically lost their lives as a result of the fires and many people remain unaccounted for. Almost 120,000 acres have been torched, including many vineyards, and about 2,000 homes and structures have been destroyed so far. No one knows yet how badly this will impact the Californian Wine Industry. Most of the Napa Valley’s grapes were picked before the fires started on Sunday but with vineyards and winery buildings burnt to the ground the industry has suffered a significant blow.

One way to help the industry is to buy and enjoy lots of Californian wine. If you can’t make it to one of our California Wine Dinners, you can place an order for the wines we will be tasting;

Elizabeth Spencer Sauvinon Blanc Mendocino 2016 – $14 / bottle

Gen 5 Chardonnay 2016 – $10 / bottle

Block Nine Caiden’s Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 – $12 / bottle

Ramsay Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2016 – $15 / bottle

Call 239-600-0966 to place your order. Ask to speak to Wendy 😊 Orders must be placed by 1pm, Monday Oct 16, 2017.


They are writing about us again 👌

See this wonderful online article about us. Thank you Dorothea! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Cafe YOU.

Cafe YOU is much more …


Visit Australia with us in November

Next month, for our November Wine Dinners, we will be traveling to the Barossa Valley in South Australia to taste wines from the Yalumba Winery and food typically enjoyed by locals and visitors to the area. Paul Dietz from Australia, who now promotes Yalumba wines in the USA, will be leading dinner guests through the tasting.

Yalumba Wine Dinner Dates are November 10 and 11, 2017.


Follow our blogs posts from Australia



Cafe YOU owner, Marlies Laaper, is on route to Australia to visit family and friends. During her trip she will be blogging regularly about the local food, wine and cafe scene there.


Exciting October

After surviving Irma, we all need a little distraction, and a bunch of celebration! At Cafe YOU, we’ve got you covered…

Music Martin July 2017

Friday, October 6th is MUSIC NIGHT!

Local talent comes together to entertain you while you dine on Chef Ed’s mouth-watering specials. Full menu & drinks available as well.

These nights book up fast, so make your reservations here.


California Wine

California Wine Dinner!

Bring your friends and give a toast to Autumn, California style!

Click here for menu details & make your reservations for Friday, October 13 or Saturday, October 14.


Hallowe’en is coming… don’t miss out on the most ghastly & gorgeous evening imaginable. phantom piano

Don your costume, come and dine;

Imbibe the spirits, it’s your time…

A ghoulish delight in six courses awaits you, with musical highlights from another realm.

Details here.



Lovin’ on Cape Coral

Come to Cafe YOU tomorrow (Tues 9/12) & take a break from the canned food! 

20% off Brekkie Pita, Chicken Salad Wrap, and Lentil Soup. 
Our way of giving our beloved Cape Coral one gigantic hug. We hope you are all safe and your homes protected. 
Comforting pastries and hot espresso drinks await you as well. Place a to-go order here on our fb page or give us a call at 239-600-0966. Or come chill in our a/c for a time. Let us take care of you.
Our sunflower bravely faced the storm – before and after pictured here. Notice the celebratory cuppa latte…emptied out. ☕️


The Team at Cafe YOU wishes you a safe and harmonious weekend as we all weather the storm. 

The cafe is open today, Friday, September 8th, until 3:30pm, and will be closed Saturday and Monday. 

We look forward to seeing all of you soon! Best wishes to all of our wonderful customers. YOU make our cafe great! 


California Wine

Napa Valley is famous for its vineyards – but the whole region is teeming with wines of renown.  Join us for our next Wine Dinner, featuring wines and cuisine from sunny California!

Friday & Saturday,

September 8th & 9th at 7pm


Click to make your reservation

$47 pp / $37 dinner only

Wine pairings include two whites & two reds, 3 oz. of each.


Appetizer – GF & V
Celery root soup w/ truffle oil
Olive oil braised porcini toast

Main – served family style
San Fran Cioppino (cho-pee’-no)
Fisherman’s Warf Stew w/ Italian roots from the 1930s

California Chicken Tacos – GF corn tacos upon request
w/ red cabbage slaw & corn (V option upon request)

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts w/ garlic – V

House-made Sourdough Bread – V (GF upon request)

Tropical California Salad w/ avocado & mango – V

Dessert – choice of
Lava Cake
Roasted Pears w/ espresso mascarpone cream – GF
(V upon request)

Click to make your reservation


And just to whet your appetite, here are some photos from our Chefs’ Tasting Menu last week… our next Chefs’ Tasting is September 30th.

Café YOU in Prague

Café YOU’s recently supported a campaign to raise money to help people in the Czech Republic with special needs, live rich and fulfilling lives.

Walking down one of the main drags in Prague earlier this month, we came across a booth with a wall of painted bricks next to it. Curiously we read the sign explaining what it was all about, see below!

Cafe YOU in Prague 5

What a great cause and what a clever idea. I had to participate. Approximately 7 million visit Prague each year, a city of only 1.3 million people, so they definitely have a captive audience for this sort of campaign. All the same, wouldn’t this be a wonderful idea to implement here at home.

I’m not as artistic as Kale, our head barista and resident Café YOU artist, who has created all those beautiful menu boards we have at the café. All the same, it was fun to be participate and who knows, maybe one day someone who saw our “brick” in Prague will visit our Café here in Cape Coral.

Later that evening we passed the “brick wall” again and Café YOU was still standing strong 🙂

Cafe YOU in Prague 2

Side Note

My husband treated me to a trip to Berlin and Prague to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary earlier this month. It was a wonderful, wonderful trip full of history, culture and amazing food.  I can definitely recommend both cities as superb vacation destinations for anyone who appreciates history or who is a foodie 🙂

Marlies Laaper – Owner

Cafe YOU featured in News-Press!

Wendy news-press 1“Cafe YOU manager blends creativity, culture at unique Cape Coral coffee shop”

(Article by Evelyn Longa, Special to The News-Press)

You love Cafe YOU for your signature espresso drink, a bottle of Australian vino, and your favorite comfort food. But did you know – your server may just be sporting a secret talent? Here at the cafe, there’s an opera singer, a voice/piano teacher, and a mural artist in our midst!

Wendy news-press 2

If you read the article in The News-Press this weekend, you know that our manager, Wendy Reynolds, enjoys both opera and art. But did you also know that Kale is an artist and poet, Sandra is a dancer and Tai Chi instructor, and Martin sings and wails on the guitar like a rockstar?


If you haven’t come to Music Night yet (the first Friday evening of each month), you’ll want to add it to your bucket list. Even chef Sam Wood lets us in on his stand-up comedy! Reservations are required as it’s become super popular, as have our Wine Dinners and Chefs’ Tasting Dinners.


Come see us any day of the week to sleuth out our staffs’ amazing talents! Regular hours are Monday-Saturday from 7:45am to 3:30pm.

We look forward to taking care of you… and to putting an extra big smile on your face 🙂



Be transported…

Escape the summer sizzle… with a night of decadence at your favorite cafe.

White table cloths, exquisite cuisine, personalized service, the perfect wine pairings. We look forward to pampering you, Saturday, August 26th.

Dinner: $52 pp
Wine: $24 pp (6 x 2 Oz)

Select your seating – 5:45pm or 8:30pm. 

Reservations required – click here.

Summer Rolls
miso peanut sauce
2013 Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley Oregon

Scallop Crudo
coconut milk & yuzu
2014 De Wetshof Chardonnay, Robertson, SA

Sous Vide Duck Breast
sweet corn puree & gooseberry chutney
2014 Brick House Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, Oregon

Teriyaki Braised Short Rib
pineapple ginger
2014 Tarapaca Gran Reserve Blend, Maipo, Chile

Lavendar Hanazono Jelly
2012 Rose d’ Anjou Monmousseau, Loire, France

Cheese Plate
lavosh, fig apple & walnut paste
N/V Bodegas Tradicion Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Jerez, Spain
Presented by:
Chefs Ed Rocchio & Sam Wood
& Pastry Chef Alexandra Wilson

Treat yourself…

Are you a food lover? Wine connoisseur? In search of the perfect ambiance for an evening out?

If you haven’t checked out Cafe YOU’s Chef Tasting Menus, you need to treat yourself to the next one…

A six-course gastronomical journey awaits the adventurous, with artful samplings of our chefs’ imaginings. To enhance your experience, imbibe in  the unique wine pairings masterfully selected for each course by owner and wine aficionado, Marlies Laaper, or your favorite bottle from our Australian wineries.

Our chefs, Sam Wood and Ed Rocchio, and baker, Alexandra Wilson, along with our excellent staff, work together to give you the perfect stay-cation – an evening of relaxed but gourmet dining, right here in your backyard.

We look forward to taking care of you at our next Chefs’ Dinner. Make your reservations here, and prepare for an evening you won’t soon forget.

Make Your Reservation

Two seatings – 5:45pm or 8:30pm on Saturday, August 24th, 2017

Dinner $52 per person; wine pairings $24 per person

Menu details coming soon at, Chefs’ Tasting Dinners

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