Reasons to Love Memphis #24: Caritas Village

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 15th 2009 3796 0

I love walking into places where everyone knows each other. The familiarity, even if I’m not quite a part of it, is totally comforting.

Caritas Village in the Binghampton neighborhood is one of those places. The name means “love for all people”, and boy, do they mean it. Founder Onie Johns made a cozy coffee shop and meeting space that opened in 2006. In 2018 – after a renovation – Caritas reopened under new executive director Mac Edwards. The cafe serves lunch.

I’ll definitely be making more visits to Caritas Village.  I love that it’s part coffee shop, part art gallery, part meeting hall, and part living room. They’ve easily got the friendliest staff in Memphis.  Caritas seems like one of those places that’s impossible to visit once without becoming a regular.

Lunch from Caritas Village, Memphis, Tenn.

There were a lot of people there during lunch – several large groups, a few families, and a handful of individuals. I spent some time talking to Kimberly Pettiès, a chef that lives across the street from Caritas. We talked about wine, our mutual love for the Viet Hoa food market’s fish section, and laptops.

Kimberly Petties loves Memphis

Kimberly Pettiès loves Memphis

Go There:

Caritas Village

2509 Harvard Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. I love Caritas Village! They also have a daily special that includes drink and dessert for like $6 – it’s always good.

  2. Natalie Gildea says:

    Caritas Village is a very GOOD reason to LOVE Memphis!

  3. Wintermute says:

    I’ve been in Viet Hoa at least a hundred times, but the last time, last week, the odors from the fish dept. seemed way worse than usual.

    What does Grace St. Luke’s (name on the sign) have to do with this place?

  4. Tiffany says:

    Love the place. I take my son there often.

  5. I really love Caritas, super excellent veggie burger and potato salad!

  6. […] going to be a benefit for Haiti earthquake relief tonight at Caritas Village. There’s going to be a silent auction, art show, and spoken word and live music performances. […]

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