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Cozy Coffee Shop for a First date???

cfmcgrath18 Nov 27, 2007 04:37 PM

Looking for a cozy coffee shop with great comfy couches in the downtown area (somewhere between Queen West and Leslieville, south of Bloor) that would be a good place for good coffee, good nibbles and a cozy relaxed first date.

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    Zengarden RE: cfmcgrath18 Nov 27, 2007 04:48 PM

    Timothy's in the Carrot Common can be quite packed but it's one of my favourites.

    Niche on Danforth, east of Greenwood has a nice vibe.

    Riverdale Perk is my local cafe and I love it. It's on Logan at Withrow.

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      merlot143 RE: Zengarden Nov 28, 2007 10:46 AM

      Was at Niche Café the other day. Do NOT take a date there. It is extremely hot and stuffy because of the constant brewing, and they lack a proper ventilation system. The staff wear short-sleeve shirts. I was wearing a turtleneck, and I was sweating bucks within a half hour. I felt highly irritated and couldn't wait to leave.

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      Ender RE: cfmcgrath18 Nov 27, 2007 05:12 PM

      Manic Coffee at College and Bathurst can't be beat. The coffee is the best in the city and the croissants they have now are great, from Wanda's Pie in the Sky.

      426 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1T3, CA

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        todc1996 RE: Ender Nov 27, 2007 05:35 PM

        as awesome as the coffee is at manic, i wouldn't call it 'cozy'

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        phoenikia RE: cfmcgrath18 Nov 27, 2007 05:32 PM

        I like Tinto on Roncevalles and Il Gatto Nero on College. No couches at either, though.

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          LemonLauren RE: cfmcgrath18 Nov 27, 2007 05:35 PM

          i recall having an excellent first date upstairs a cafe nervosa in yorkville, but that was about 10 years ago. nice atmosphere - very romantic as i recall.

          Cafe Nervosa
          75 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1B8, CA

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            Gary RE: cfmcgrath18 Nov 28, 2007 04:39 AM

            Maybe slightly too far north for you, but slightly south of Bloor: "7 West" Cafe at 7 Charles St. would be perfect. Lots of nooks and crannies, very cool. http://7westcafe.com

            7 West
            7 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y1R4, CA

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              Doopsylalolic RE: Gary Nov 28, 2007 04:54 AM

              Try Tango Palace on Queen E, a little west of Jones.

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                thenurse RE: Doopsylalolic Nov 28, 2007 05:55 AM

                I second Tango Palace. No couches though.....

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                fickle RE: Gary Nov 28, 2007 10:22 AM

                I second Gary's rec for 7 West (they don't have couches but some secluded areas on the 3rd floor might do the trick) and add Insomnia (lots of couches at the back) on Bloor, east of Bathurst on the south side and maybe Aroma Espresso Bar across the street?



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                  LemonLauren RE: fickle Nov 30, 2007 03:32 AM

                  if i went to insomnia for coffee, i'd end up having a cocktail and the killer crab cakes :)

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                shaZamm RE: cfmcgrath18 Nov 28, 2007 07:04 AM

                Calendar @ College and Euclid is the best first date place in the city, hands-down. Just for coffee or a light supper. Tough-to-beat in my opinion.

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                  Finnegan RE: shaZamm Nov 28, 2007 07:27 AM

                  Hah...I took my wife to the Kalendar on our first date...we're still together 6 years later

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                    xtal RE: shaZamm Nov 28, 2007 07:28 AM

                    Agreed. Kalendar is a great choice.

                    546 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B1, CA

                  2. Googs RE: cfmcgrath18 Nov 28, 2007 09:25 AM

                    Just about any downtown hotel will have a coffee shop. The finer ones will have what you're looking for.

                    1. pescatarian RE: cfmcgrath18 Nov 28, 2007 10:28 AM

                      I don't remember if there were couches, but Aroma at Bathurst and Bloor is a good spot if you can sit in the back corner.

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                        gps_shag RE: cfmcgrath18 Nov 29, 2007 06:38 PM

                        Tequila Bookworm (490 Queen Street West, (416) 504-7335) is a pretty cool spot, very relaxed. Should be a great place for people-watching too.

                        1. aser RE: cfmcgrath18 Dec 13, 2007 09:21 PM

                          wow, nobody recommended either Darkhorse or Mercury? Both fit your descriptions to the tee as they're on Queen. Those two along w/ Bulldog and Manic are the top 4 coffee spots in the city by far. A lot of the best baristas in the city work at these spots, often at multiple places concurrently.

                          http://www.darkhorseespresso.com (682 Queen St. E.


                          http://mercuryorganic.blogspot.com (915 Queen St E, Leslieville)

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                            hotsauce28 RE: aser Dec 14, 2007 07:22 AM

                            I haven't been in Darkhorse yet but it looks pretty cozy. Have to disagree with you about Mercury though. Great coffee, great place to hang and read a paper but not good for a first date IMO.

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                              Zengarden RE: hotsauce28 Dec 15, 2007 03:28 PM

                              I would have to agree too. Mercury is not the right place for a first date. Not enough in the place for those distractions that are needed when a first meeting is not going well.

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                            Julie McCoy RE: cfmcgrath18 Dec 14, 2007 08:20 AM

                            Balzac's in the Distillery!

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                              gps_shag RE: Julie McCoy Dec 15, 2007 08:35 AM

                              hee hee - Bal zac......

                              (what am I, eleven years old?) :)

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