Have you ever sat at Union Station waiting for your GO train just wishing that you could sip a glass of wine or have a cold beer? Thanks to Amano Pasta, that dream is almost a reality. You still can’t consume alcohol in Union Station itself but you can walk a few steps to the
This Armenian coffee shop is an anomaly among the city’s hundreds of cafés. Antikka is not only one of the only places in the city where you can get traditional ( and outstanding) Armenian coffee, but you can sip it while looking through stacks of the records that line the wall. The dark and edgy
You know them, you love them, so you’re not surprised to know that Balzac’s has a 14th location with Balzac’s Powerhouse. Posting up shop in the Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse Building, this Balzac’s spot boasts remarkably high ceilings and charming exposed brick that work together, along with the friendly staff, to create a warm and
Situated right across from the Dundas Street entrance to Toronto’s beloved Trinity Bellwoods Park, sits Bellwoods Coffee and Gelato. Once a baking school, this corner café is the perfect spot to get a pick me up on your way to the park or a treat for the way home. The café is split into two
Sarah Griffiths and Ken Galbraith had been looking for an ideal location to plunk down their Bud’s Coffee Bar project for a couple years when the Leslieville couple decided upon an up-and-coming strip of The Beach neighbourhood along Queen Street East. Just opened last week, the coffeehouse is the first in the area with a distinctly indie vibe.
Queen West is chock full of great cafés, and Cafe 23 stands out amongst the crowd. This little coffee shop located just east of Trinity Bellwoods Park is making great coffee and playing some great tunes. Supporting local bands and making sure coffee house music isn’t limited to soft rock and jazz, Cafe 23 hopes
Calling all sweet tooths! Thornhill café and bakery Cafe Login is serving espresso drinks, teas and cakes from Rahier Patisserie, as well as a macaron selection that changes every day, from its huge space. For exciting macaron flavours, think double cheese and red wine fig, and Cafe Login sells the discarded macaron cookie scraps in
At Clove Apple Cafe, they won’t serve you anything they don’t like themselves. Based in the Kurdish understanding of hospitality, of which the clove apple is a symbol, the people behind this new joint test all their recipes for food and drink to ensure they know the taste and quality the customer is getting and
Guided by the mantra “too many options is a prison,” The menu at Cops is simply drip coffee and hot mini-doughnuts that are made fresh from scratch every day. Although the doughnuts have two regular flavours — cinnamon sugar and Cops’s own glaze — and a rotating weekly special, Cops has partnered with a multitude
Acccording to owner Geoff Polci, Crema Coffee Co.’s soon-to-be-opened location in Greektown happened by accident.
“Actually, a friend lives in the area and looked at the spot and saw it was for lease,” Polci says. “We called the landlords, had a look and it's just a fantastic place, a great space.”
Offering an origin-based approach to coffee, De Mello Palheta is one of Toronto’s favourite coffee shops plus roastery. The industrial chic space in midtown welcomes guests in with a colourful mural on the exterior and is adorned with a cluster of umbrellas inside, on the ceiling. There is no bad luck here, though, as the
The Drake has gone and done it again. Remember when the original Drake Hotel first stepped out on West Queen West, breathing a gigantic culture-y breath into the once-shabby strip? Hard to imagine but true. Well now cometh the Drake Commissary to the Junction Triangle, an up-and-comer of a ‘hood that’s drawing buckets of cool cats thanks to art galleries, breweries and the incoming Museum of Contemporary Art.
With seven years in the coffee business under his belt and having placed second overall in the Canadian Eastern Regional Barista Championships last year, Sameer Mohamed has got coffee boiled down to a science. And as every good scientist knows, the proof is in the numbers. A major variable in brewing, according to Mohamed, is temperature – hence the name of his new cafe, Fahrenheit Coffee, opened earlier this week on The Esplanade.
Just to the side of the central exhibition space at Northern Contemporary, a gallery that specializes in local illustration artists, Koffee Kween rests on a throne of meme-inspired coffee culture. Offering the usual gamut of coffee beverages like flat whites, cappuccinos and lattes, Koffee Kween also makes the trendier matcha and chai tea lattes. Of
This rad little coffee shop is one of the most standout spots on Queen Street West. Major Treat, the coffee shop/barber, is bold and unapologetic about its attitude and its coffee. The exterior of the nostalgic barber shop/café is painted fire truck red and bears a colourful barber pole that hangs near the gold decals
Midtown has a new restaurant dishing up “soul food”. No, not the jerk chicken or stewed oxtail variety but “whole food for the soul.” A lawyer and sometime food blogger Sarah Huggins and her partner are behind the new Mary Be, located at Yonge and St. Clair.
Milky’s Coffee opened its doors on Dundas West in early February, and the stunning custom interior of this “design-forward” café is already drawing in mesmerized passersby. Nearly everything you see in Milky’s is the result of owner Fraser Greenberg’s collaboration with a Toronto-based artist, roaster, baker, or architect. “We really wanted to do something Canadian,” explains Greenberg, “which is hard because
Portland Variety is the latest entry in Toronto’s crop of cafe-slash-cocktail bars. The standing-room only cafe space is meant to emulate the casual atmosphere of European cafés and boulangeries, but after 2 p.m., the space will switch things up and become a cocktail lounge (with shared plates to satisfy those afternoon hunger pangs).