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Jun 29, 2006 08:35 PM

Downtown Cafes

Are there any good cafes close to Union Station or in the Entertainment District?

My husband and I are tired of always going to Second Cups and Starbucks!

We would like a nice cafe that serves cappucinos in a cup and saucer and not in paper cups. :)

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  1. Although this may not be what you're looking for, most hotel cafes serve you a cappucino in a cup and saucer. In and around the area you're asking about there are a number of large "upscale" hotels: Royal York, Intercontinental, Soho Metropolitan, Le Germain, Cosmopolitan.

    I don't know if perhaps these options are too far for you:
    Le Gourmand (Spadina and Richmond)
    Solferinos (Wellington and Church)
    Cafe Crepe (Queen and John)

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    1. re: Juniper

      Thanks Juniper! :) I googled Le Gourmand and it sounds like what we're looking for.

      We both work in that area and are looking for a cafe to relax in after work. We don't want to go too far from Union Station as we have to catch our GO bus home.

    2. Try walking east from Union on Front St. a couple blocks, just past Church, to the Lettieri. They have good coffees, served in glasses and mugs, and tasty sandwiches and pastries as well. There are a few tables outside and the front window opens on to the sidewalk. Service is friendly, and since there are Starbucks and a Tim Hortons almost next door the place tends to not be too crowded.

      1. I dont know any in that area, but if you are in little itlay, this place called "gato nero"
        has the best cappucinos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

        1. For a place to relax with a coffee I really like b espresso bar at Queen and Church. It's a beautiful room, great little snacks, and of course good espresso-based drinks. Not sure where you're coming from but it's just 2 minutes from Queen station...

          And not to rain on piru's parade but my friend once recommended 'gato nero' with rave reviews and I just found it to be the same tired College-Italian-casual type thing in Little Italy. The Italian food was unremarkable and the coffee was on par with any chain...

          B Espresso Bar
          111 Queen E, Toronto, ON M5C1S2, CA

          1. The Queen Mother Cafe (a trendy cafe on Queen St.)
            208 Queen St. W.
            Toronto, ON M5V 1Z2
            (West of University Ave.)

            Mon-Sat 11:30am- 1:00am
            Sun 12:00pm-12:00am
            Telephone: (416) 598-4719


            The Rivoli(another trendy cafe/restaurant/lounge
            )334 Queen St. W.

            These are right in the heart of the entertainment district worth checking out.