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sasgirl Jun 29, 2006 08:35 PM

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. Juniper RE: sasgirl Jun 29, 2006 08:54 PM

    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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      sasgirl RE: Juniper Jun 29, 2006 09:59 PM

      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.

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      Gary RE: sasgirl Jun 30, 2006 01:26 AM

      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.

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        piru RE: sasgirl Mar 10, 2008 07:33 AM

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

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          artificialard RE: sasgirl Mar 10, 2008 03:33 PM

          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...

          http://www.bespressobar.com/

          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...

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

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            passionate1 RE: sasgirl Mar 11, 2008 09:55 PM

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

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

            or

            The Rivoli(another trendy cafe/restaurant/lounge
            )334 Queen St. W.
            416-596-1908
            www.rivoli.ca

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

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              passionate1 RE: sasgirl Mar 11, 2008 10:03 PM

              Dooney's Cafe
              511 Bloor St. W
              Toronto, ON
              M5S 1Y4
              (416)536-3293

              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.

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                Manybears RE: passionate1 Mar 11, 2008 10:08 PM

                Have you eaten or had a cappuccino at any of the places you have recommended?

                I'd say Bloor is a little far north to be considered close to Union or the entertainment district.

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