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Nominations for Best/Good Cafes in TO/GTA

JackInTheSun May 11, 2008 12:54 PM

Hi Chowhounders - Any nominations for good cafes in the Toronto/GTA or even those in towns outside of GTA - ones with a nice ambience, good selection of treats and beverages that have loyal followings.Thanks!

  1. Googs Jun 27, 2008 02:25 PM

    There seems to be a lot of love for B Espresso Bar on this board. Haven't been yet which is shameful since it's in my neighbourhood. Definitely on my 'to-do' list. Queen St E two doors west of George.

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    1. re: Googs
      syrahc Jul 2, 2008 08:57 AM

      B Espresso Bar does draw delicious drinks. The place can be a bit cramped and so I often just sip and dash.

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      norwezka Jun 26, 2008 10:52 PM

      Hi all - I'm looking for a cafe with a really good coffee cake somewhere in downtown Toronto... Any recommendations? Thanks!

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      1. re: norwezka
        cheesymama Jun 27, 2008 09:57 AM

        Had a great coffee cake at Darkhorse near Broadview and Queen. They don't always have it, maybe you could call and ask. I don't live that close but I definitely think that it is worth the trip.

      2. chloe103 May 18, 2008 07:59 AM

        Though you can't often sit there (they only have a few bar stools), I'd definitely add Cherry Bomb to the list. Excellent house blend, really well done lattes, addictive almond cookies, lovely owners, and a neighbourhood cult following. (Roncey, just north of Queen.)

        1. thenurse May 14, 2008 06:58 AM

          Agree on Tango Palace and will add Red Rocket on Queen E, just east of Greenwood. Great coffee, great atmosphere, spectacular lemon squares, shortbread and interesting sandwiches. Everything is homemade on site, even their dog treats.

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          1. re: thenurse
            millygirl May 14, 2008 08:09 AM

            I'll add Dark House to the list. Very friendly servers and nice vibe to the place. Not to mention the great lattes.

          2. Recyclor May 12, 2008 07:19 AM

            My Goto spots depending where I am:

            Cabbagetown: Jet Fuel
            Queen & Broadview: Dark Horse
            College & Bathurst: Manic
            Dundas & Gorevale: Ella's Uncle
            Queen & Shaw: Claffouti
            Queen & Spadina: Le Gourmand
            Queen & Bathurst: Niche
            Bloor & Bathurst: Aroma
            Kensignton: Moonbeam
            King & Niagra: Waga Mama

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            1. re: Recyclor
              Orange May 22, 2008 01:27 PM

              My favourite tie with Mercury - College & Dufferin: The Common

              Another small place - Roncesvalles & Queen: Cherry Bomb

              Also on Roncesvalles are Tinto & Alternative Ground were more regular coffee & hang out places like Moonbean (as opposed to espresso-based drinks focused places).

              Saw a new place on Harbord east of Bathurst a few days ago - anyone tried that?

            2. JamieK May 11, 2008 02:53 PM

              Sweet Indulgence on Coxwell just south of O'Connor. Great little neighbourhood spot with many loyal regulars. Delicious baked-on-the-premises cakes, pastries and breads. Tasty sausage rolls, meat pies and sandwiches. Yummy butter tarts and killer double-chocolate cream cheese coffee cake. Everything is delicious and made with fresh ingredients. Pleasant owners and staff. Good coffee.

              Right across the street from an LCBO so convenient for weekly wine run.

              Sweet Indulgence
              1040 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON M4C, CA

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              1. re: JamieK
                richirich May 12, 2008 05:38 AM

                For coffee lovers, Mercury Cafe on Queen East is fantastic. Bull Dog SE of Church and College is also great - and has more snacks...

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                cheesymama May 11, 2008 02:04 PM

                Tango Palace on Queen East near JOnes.

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                1. re: cheesymama
                  millygirl May 12, 2008 06:54 AM

                  You can say that again....Tango Palace!!!

                2. mrbozo May 11, 2008 01:25 PM

                  Novecento on the north side of St Clair W one block west of Dufferin.

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                    Darksyde May 11, 2008 12:59 PM

                    The Yellow Cup Cafe at 225 The East Mall in Etobicoke (427&Dundas area) is superb.

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                    1. re: Darksyde
                      burlgurl May 12, 2008 06:38 AM

                      I love the Yellow Cup too! Also would recommend The Apricot Tree Cafe on Dundas/Erin Mills in Mississauga

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