In 2005,Liron and Victor Agiv saw an opportunity to transform a building on the corner of 21st and South Streets from a vacant shell of what was formerly South Street Blues Bar into a bustling neighborhood cafe.
Since 2006 La.Va has been the premier cafe of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.
With La Colombe coffee, a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, and free wireless internet, La.Va Cafe has become a popular place for locals to frequent
to do work as well as meet new friends and get to know their neighbors.
The response to La.Va Cafe has been positive and welcoming as more and more people discover this gem at the corner of 21st and South Streets.
In today's economy, La.Va Cafe has prided itself on keeping prices affordable while serving delicious food and freshly brewed coffee. La.Va is open until 9pm everyday and now serves a dinner menu with full-table service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. We are conveniently located a short walk from Rittenhouse Square in the Graduate Hospital area.
If you have a special event coming up, don't worry, La.Va also does catering.
"Burekas - The Next Pretzel
With their lazy loops, these savory pastries look a lot like that salt dotted Philadelphia classic, the Amish style pretzel. And in the Middle Eastern and Eastern European countries where Burekas originated, they fill the same roll as philly soft pretzel: suitable for quick breakfast , lunch or anytime meal. The softer Burekas at La.Va is stuffed with anything from Spinach and Feta Cheese to Potatoes to Mushroom and Onions, are a popular Philadelphia twist on the streets food standard that owner ,Liron Agiv, remembers from Israel."
Inquirer - Craig LaBan
"Good Taste - Burekas or Bust
The flavors of Israel have suddenly begun appearing all over town, from new falafel shops to chic lounges to trendy BYOBs. You can add to this list La.Va, a cozy cafe near Graduate Hospital that gives an Israeli twist to the corner hangout."
City Paper - Drew Lazor
"....I can count my past visits to the cafe, wedged on the corner of 21st and South for as long as I lived here, on one hand. The La Colombe coffee's great, the staff is friendly, the couches are cushy and the tall windows make it primo people watching.....
...I'm not sure I've had more flavorful Israeli food, priced in this manner, in Philly."