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Decent Americano in the Financial District?

Cooooooooper Nov 19, 2007 10:58 PM

Can anyone recommend a place for a decent Americano downtown? The Closer to BCE / Brookfiled Place the better. If anyone is familiar with Vancouver - Cafe Artigiano is what I'm looking for. I'm sick of having to go to Starbucks when I visit. Please save me!

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    tasoid RE: Cooooooooper Nov 20, 2007 12:57 AM

    5 minute walk east of you is B espresso bar on Queen Street.
    Probably the best coffee in the area.

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      detritus RE: tasoid Nov 20, 2007 08:12 AM

      ... but it's not very good.

      There are maybe two or three coffee shops in the entire city that get anywhere close to the quality of Cafe Artigiano in Vancouver. None of them are close to the financial district.

      They are: Manic Coffee (@ College and Bathurst), Mercury Organic (@ Queen E and Carlaw) and maybe Bulldog (@ Church and Granby). There are a couple others that come close as well. Manic is the newcomer, and also the standout.

      I've heard good things about Bisogno Espresso Bar (@ Sherbourne and Adelaide), but never been. It's closer to the downtown towers, but not really close.

      Otherwise, you're stuck with the chains, essentially. Starbucks, Second Cup, Lettieri. I'd stick with brewed coffee at any of these, they wreck anything espresso-based pretty horribly.


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        tree25 RE: detritus Nov 20, 2007 10:04 AM

        I like all your suggestions. Manic is my new fave. Mercury is always good and consistent. I just had an americano at Bisogno Espresso Bar. It is decent and the lady there was really nice and sweet. Bulldog is the most convenient coffee shop for me, but is my least favourite among all the mentioned coffee places. It is good but I like the others more.

        For coffee place close to the financial district, I would say try Espresso etc and Gallery Cafe (both across AGO on Dundas). I only had lattes in these places but they were pretty good. I have to point out they are not as good as the ones in the places mentioned above but at least better than the chains.

        1. re: detritus
          tasoid RE: detritus Nov 24, 2007 11:19 PM

          Detritus, the question was for coffe in the "Financial District" not "who has the best coffee in the city". I stand by B as a recommendation, I much prefer it to Mercatto.

      2. orangewasabi RE: Cooooooooper Nov 20, 2007 12:03 PM

        in that neck of the woods, when I need a decent espresso/americano I go to Mercatto -- it's not Manic, but it's doable in a short walk vs a very long one from BCE place.

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          Mila RE: orangewasabi Nov 21, 2007 05:36 AM

          Seconded. I was really impressed last week.

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            Cooooooooper RE: Mila Nov 21, 2007 11:52 AM

            Thanks for all the help - I'll give Mercatto a try - the rest of the places a probably a bit far for me to fit in on the walk from the hotel to the office. I'll definitely keep the other places in mind when I have the time.

          2. re: orangewasabi
            dinin and dishin RE: orangewasabi Nov 21, 2007 01:45 PM

            and here's the link

            15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

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              pescatarian RE: dinin and dishin Nov 21, 2007 01:49 PM

              There's also one on Bay, just north of King.

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