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Niche Coffee and Tea on the Danforth

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julesrules Jul 13, 2006 12:01 PM

This is a great new cafe at 1364 Danforth, north side between Greenwood and Coxwell. Just in appearance alone, it raises the bar for that stretch of the Danforth. Good selection of baked goods, but also some interesting sweet sandwiches - love the grilled cinnamon challah stuffed with cream cheese. They also have savoury panini and, a muffulata - haven't tried these but hear good things. The owner and staff are eager to please but professional.

They also have their own signature coffee blends and you can buy beans. But I can't comment on the coffee because I am in love with their REAL iced tea, that is BREWED.TO.ORDER. The best iced tea I've had in town, you can select from any of their kinda-fancy tea varieties.

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    hoagy294 Jul 13, 2006 04:25 PM

    The coffee is good. I've had both the decaf which they make fresh for you with the espresso machine(and it's still hard to get a good cup of decaf at other coffee shops) and the Danforth blend. We so desperately need more business like Niche along this stretch of Danforth!

    1. Tara9000 Jul 13, 2006 05:34 PM

      Googled to see if they have a website... they do!

      http://www.nichecoffee.com/

      You're right hoagy... this is exactly what our area needs.

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        julesrules Jul 14, 2006 12:54 AM

        Thanks for the website. Niche is just a little out of my way but I am going to do my best to go there because I've learned I need to support the places I love.

      2. thenurse Jul 13, 2006 08:40 PM

        Excellent! that's my area and I'd love to have another coffee place around. Not much there other than 3's company.

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          hoagy294 Jul 14, 2006 02:48 PM

          There is apparently another coffee shop opening a bit further east of Coxwell on Danforth, by Zili Otto and Lee's Thai Spring Rolls. I don't know when it will open though.

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            tracey Jul 18, 2006 02:35 AM

            I had a friend visiting from out of town on Sunday who LOVES iced tea, so I took her to Niche. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating as we smelled all of their tea blends and tasted each of the coffees that they had at the ready that afternoon. I had a PBT (crispy pancetta, fresh basil leaves and sliced red and yellow tomatoes on toasted whole wheat bread) and a latte, which were both great. My friend thought the herbal iced tea that they brewed on the spot for her was excellent. When they asked how we had heard about them, they were amazed that I was the third person that day to stop in and say that I had heard about them on this board.

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              Zengarden Aug 2, 2006 02:27 PM

              Can anyone tell me if Niche does weekend brunch and what the meals are like? Thanks.

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                hoagy294 Aug 2, 2006 08:41 PM

                They have a limited menu, it's more of a coffee shop with squares and some cakes. They do have bagels, grilled sandwiches, challah with nutella but there isn't a kitchen so you won't get a proper meal.

                1. Tara9000 Aug 2, 2006 08:51 PM

                  I drive by there every morning, and I'm glad to report there are always at least a few people in there. I've yet to go myself, but want to!

                  1. Full tummy Aug 3, 2006 01:15 AM

                    I have been to Niche a number of times now. Staff are friendly, and the sandwiches are yummy. My partner and I have enjoyed a number of coffee and tea options, and all were excellent. It's neat as a pin, unlike some of the alternatives in the area, and definitely worthy of neighbourhood support.

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                      neighborguy Aug 3, 2006 02:30 AM

                      Dropped in on a recent Sunday afternoon without having lunch for a coffee and snack. The grilled-to-order sandwich was delish and hit the spot. As there are not many places like it on this part of the Danforth, it was quite enjoyable sitting there with the paper, coffee and sandwich.

                      Those of us who live in the area should make a point of visiting if we want to keep (and grow!) this kind of neighborhood business around.

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                        chalenegirl Nov 30, 2006 09:22 AM

                        this place sounds great! how much do these items cost? what about the other items on the menu? i looked at the menu on thier website , sounds yummy.

                      2. thenurse Aug 3, 2006 02:59 PM

                        I'm there quite oten, when I don't get my coffee at the Senator, which is close to work and just as good. Staff there are friendly but I have to disagree a bit about the food I've tried. The muffins are just so-so. Much, much, much better than any chain coffee place, but inconsistent in taste, texture and size. Even the staff have admitted the muffins not the best. I'll try the challah next time --- can you get it 'to go'?

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                          lissar Aug 4, 2006 12:44 PM

                          My Mom and I went there yesterday for lunch. She had the grilled cheese and I had the stuffed cinnamon toast, and both were good. It seems very upscale for te area. I'm glad it's opened.

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                          FoodieTwoShoes Nov 27, 2006 07:01 PM

                          I had brunch at Niche on the weekend and it was great. I had the deep dish french toast with homemade caramel sauce. Wow.

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                            bellasproblem Nov 27, 2006 09:03 PM

                            I went for brunch a few weeks ago and it was fantastic. My partner and I split the deep dish french toast and the breakfast burrito and they were both awesome. I can't wait to go back.

                            1. thenurse Nov 30, 2006 06:22 PM

                              I had an almond croissant the other day which was excellent. However, I'm not a croissant connoiseur, but I HATE marzipan and other almond 'tastes' (other than real almonds) and this had none of that.

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                                Full tummy Nov 30, 2006 06:44 PM

                                When they opened, they were getting their croissants from Clafouti. Don't know if that's still the case.

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                                cityhearts Jan 8, 2007 01:55 AM

                                Niche is wonderful. I'm glad so many people have spotted it. Everyone's right, this part of the Danforth needs love. Tea in the Sahara is so brilliant, I bought some on a whim at Indigo of all places but I have never seen it served on a menu before. Highly recommended.

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                                  Zengarden Jan 8, 2007 02:00 AM

                                  I heard from someone in the neighbourhood that the owner of Niche runs a training program for individuals who have Aspergers' syndrome.

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                                    merlot143 Jan 11, 2007 02:35 PM

                                    Went to Niche yesterday. Really liked it there. Had some lovely Rooibos orange chocolate tea which was caffeine-free. The staff is very friendly, and the place was very comfortable even though the decor is a bit off-putting (so much black!) Had a panini, which was good, not great. Would be willing to make this place a coffeehouse hangout.

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                                      arugula Feb 17, 2007 02:38 PM

                                      Ihaven't tried Niche yet but will, probably tomorrow. I live just a little west, near Donlands. There is another really nice little coffee shop and bakery, Chocolate Heaven. I don't like sweets, but this place is really cozy. It's far enough away that it won't complete with Niche, I just thought I'd suggest other options in what is otherwise a pretty poor neighbourhood for cafes.

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                                        Zengarden Dec 24, 2007 05:58 AM

                                        Niche on the Danforth has now closed. I wonder if the Queen West location is still open.

                                        That is too bad for the Danforth location as it was a lovely spot for coffee. Guess there just wasn't enough pedestrian traffic.

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                                          merlot143 Dec 24, 2007 06:27 AM

                                          I think there were problems with the actual building/location at Niche. The Queen location is still open.

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                                            Pincus Dec 24, 2007 07:15 AM

                                            I think it was building-related. There was a sign about a "plumbing emergency" that forced them to close on a Sunday, and then two days later a notice that they were closing it down entirely. I wish they would come back in about the same area, it was a nice place to get a great cup of coffee.

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                                              Suresh Dec 24, 2007 07:55 AM

                                              aw, that's unfortunate. Whenever I was on the danforth (that far east), I would always stop by for a snack and an iced coffee. I find that the service is a bit weird at the queen west location (been a few times) but that'll have to do from now on.

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                                                Zengarden Dec 24, 2007 07:43 PM

                                                What do you mean by weird? I only noticed that location about two weeks ago.

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                                                  deelicious Dec 24, 2007 08:08 PM

                                                  Niche has been on Queen for months now.

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                                                    gigi Feb 9, 2009 05:56 AM

                                                    Niche is open again! I drove by the other day and saw that it was open and they're only accepting cash sales!

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                                                      thenurse May 15, 2009 10:58 AM

                                                      It's now Three's Company...Too. A smaller, more casual version of the Original Three's Company that used to be across the street, but is now at Pape and Danforth. Scaled down menu since there's no proper kitchen, but you can get pastries, sandwiches, coffee, etc.

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