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Cozy Coffee Shop for a First date???

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Zengarden

      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.

    2. 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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      1. re: Ender

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

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

        1. 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

          1. 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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            1. re: Gary

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

              1. re: Doopsylalolic

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

              2. re: Gary

                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?



                1. re: fickle

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

              3. 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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                1. re: shaZamm

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

                  1. re: shaZamm

                    Agreed. Kalendar is a great choice.

                    546 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B1, CA

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

                    1. 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.

                      1. 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. 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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                          1. re: aser

                            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.

                            1. re: hotsauce28

                              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.

                            1. re: Julie McCoy

                              hee hee - Bal zac......

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