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allisonjayne Dec 5, 2008 10:15 AM

does anyone have a recommendation for a place in cabbagetown where one could sit and read? ie. a coffee shop, or juice place, or something like that with a relaxed atmosphere.....
thanks in advance.

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  1. foodyDudey RE: allisonjayne Dec 5, 2008 10:42 AM

    The only place I can think of is Jet Fuel cafe.

    Have a look here for other possible ideas: http://www.oldcabbagetown.com/entmnt_...

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      allisonjayne RE: foodyDudey Dec 5, 2008 11:13 AM

      Thanks...I was thinking of Jet Fuel but have heard that it's very snobby.

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        ribboy RE: allisonjayne Dec 5, 2008 01:49 PM

        you heard right....

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          julesrules RE: allisonjayne Dec 5, 2008 05:27 PM

          You might find the counter staff a little brusque until they know you. Also, if they are busy, it might take a while to get your drink made. And you pay on the way out, so they will look at you funny if you try to pay right away. Selection is minimal. All that said... believe it or not... I love the place, and you can stay as long as you like.

      2. Googs RE: allisonjayne Dec 6, 2008 11:21 AM

        The Cobourg fits your "relaxed atmosphere" criterion. It can be downright serene. Walk past the dimly lit front room to the brightly lit "grandma's sitting room" in the back. Only downside is that you'll have to do your reading post-5pm.
        http://www.torontolife.com/guide/bars...

        I never have any problems with the staff at Jet Fuel. Quite often, though, the music is screaming loud. Nice for a little edge with your caffeine. Not so much for reading.

        During the warm months I'd go with the front patio of Piccolo. The big padded chairs are ideal for hanging in your shades, reading. Good espresso.

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          hungry_pangolin RE: allisonjayne Dec 6, 2008 11:58 AM

          I cannot stand Jet Cruel. The counter staff is highly attitudinally impaired, and the stereo is far too loud to permit quiet reading. The Coburg, on the other hand, as Googs says, is "serene". The Ben Wicks is normally not too bad for quiet reading, and they have a new-and-improved menu, which is a bonus.

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            Googs RE: hungry_pangolin Nov 15, 2009 07:04 AM

            A brand new link for The Cobourg.

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            The Cobourg
            533 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X 1P3, CA

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