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.
Early Bird Coffee & Kitchen does it all: coffee and food that are both high quality and inventive. Early Bird is known within the scene of Toronto cafés as being one of the original purveyors of specialty coffee, now almost expected in every independent café. Early Bird pays close attention to where its beans are
This coffee shop/bakery has been playing retro tunes and baking some of the city’s best oatmeal cookies for over 16 years. Ella’s Uncle oozes cool. When you walk into the vibrant café, the lime green walls and black and white tiles entrance you and make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Wafts
Empire Espresso is a cosy little coffee shop with plenty of sweet treats right in the heart of Little Italy. This queer-owned business is dishing out customizable bean blends and in-house baked goods like gingersnaps, rosemary lemon shortbread cookies, blackberry and lavender biscuits, plus so much more. Empire Espresso has a bright and airy colourful
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.
These days, Torontonians seem to be paying attention to Denmark’s most recognizable sandwich, the smørrebrød. Bloordale’s Karelia Kitchen is the main player, and earlier this summer Cava did a Denmark-inspired pop-up that showcased the open-faced sandwich. Meanwhile, Fika — a recent, more permanent addition to Kensington’s culinary scene — keeps things classic with its take on the ’wich ($7.50).
Full Stop Cafe is a Junction favourite for many reasons. First, a massive back patio that has room for everyone, their friends and their friends’ mothers. Inside, there’s room for even more. But at Full Stop, they won’t mind if you come in on your commute to fuel up some more before you keep going.
Isle of Coffee is a bright and airy cafe serving specialty coffee and dessert in the Eglinton West neighbourhood of Toronto. With stone floors and plants hanging from the many shelves, this comforting and bright space is the perfect spot for an afternoon sip or a day spent catching up on emails. The menu here
A Toronto institution, Jimmy’s Coffee has been preaching the “death before decaf” gospel for over 10 years. But it does have decaf options. Founder Phil Morrison’s initial concept was to a) honour his, mine and your favourite Jimmies, from Jim Henson to Jimi Hendrix, and b) create a warm and familiar setting where high-quality coffee
Juice & Java café is just as much about its crepes and made-to-order sandwiches as it is about its coffee and smoothies. As one of the Beach’s most popular spots for fresh and healthy eats, along with good vibes and an always positive atmosphere, you can’t go wrong at Juice & Java. The menu has
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, they also make the trendier matcha and chai tea lattes. Of course,
Dawn Chapman grew up eating the best the countryside had to offer. Her grandparents owned a farm in Midhurst, Ont., so for her, eating fresh, local, organic food was not something she talked about, it was simply a way of life. Now that she’s living in the city, she's planning a café that aims to show people that “the countryside is closer than you think.”
King West’s Louie Craft Coffee is one of the city’s chic and all-sustainable coffee shops. Louie Craft Coffee uses beans from award-winning coffee roasters Social, who provide some of the best beans in the city to many of your favourite coffee houses. Besides getting its beans from a local roaster, this coffee shop is one
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
If you ever find yourself at the Donlands TTC subway stop, you’re in luck: Marvel Coffee Co. is right next door. The coffee shop is certainly better than the average. Firstly, Marvel Coffee Co.’s got a Kees van der Westen Mirage espresso machine, so you know the coffee you’re getting has been really freshly roasted.
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
Corktown’s Nordic café and bar, Odin Hus is always looking to push the envelope. The edgy and modern industrial design makes this place look super chic. The airy and light atmosphere allows for students and young professionals to feel über-cool while typing away and sipping on lattes and other caffeinated bevvies. Always on the cutting
La cigogne, or stork, is a symbol of the Alsace region of France, where it is thought to bring good luck. At Patisserie La Cigogne, French master pastry chef Thierry Schmitt aims to provide Alsatian delicacies from the land of the stork. Traditional French desserts, like croquembouches, pastries, breads and chocolate, have earned La Cigogne a