Good non-chain coffee in Financial District
Does it exist? I am sick to death of Timmy's, and I can't afford Starbucks/Second Cup. I am just looking for some no-frills, reasonably priced, good coffee.. The closer to King & York, the better!
Jet Fuel is just too far, unfortunately :(
I used to pick up cheap coffee from Marcello's under Scotia Plaza. $1/cup any size, several different flavours.
There has to be some form of good independant cafe in the largest coffee consuming area of Toronto. Someone needs to open a Caffe Artigiano here :) So far, the closest I can find is at 401 Richmond - The Roastery. That's still 1KM from University and King.
Sorry neuf, it doesn't exist. I've worked in the financial district (Exchange Tower) for over 12 years, and you won't find anything but coffee chains. About 8 years ago, Faema had a store in BCE Place, but it closed. Since then, it's been nothing but the chains you mention.
There is a Lettieri in the TD Bank food court, but I usually find the espresso there tastes burnt.
My theory is that the high rent for downtown retail space keeps out the independents. Sad but true.
Sometimes when I'm craving a really good latte, I'll hop on the streetcar and ride over to Red Rocket at Queen & Broadview.
Do you mean Dark Horse at Queen and Broadview? Red Rocket's closer to Leslie.
Since I've been getting used to my weekend/occasional evening latte from Dark Horse/Ezra's Pound/Broadview Espresso/new place across from Withrow Park, I've been lamenting more and more the lack of good coffee options in the financial district. I had a latte from Petit Thuet once that was ok, but which was $5.04. Wasn't as good as the others mentioned and more expensive. I went back once in desparation and it was bitter on top of expensive.
The closest might be B Espresso Bar, Queen just east of Church. Excellent coffee/espresso, but not exactly cheap...
B Espresso Bar
111 Queen E, Toronto, ON M5C1S2, CA
A tiny bit of a hike but at King and Portland Jimmy's Coffee is wonderful and way cheaper than the 'bucks.
107 Portland Street, Toronto, ON M5V2N3, CA