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. :)
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)
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.
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
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
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.
511 Bloor St. W
This is the place to be on a hot summer night(out on their patio) but it is just as refreshing on a March day. This cafe has decadent desserts and a menu to die for.
It is right in the heart of the Annex located at Bloor and Bathurst.