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Feb 2, 2009 06:27 AM

Good cafe around yonge and eglinton for quality reading/studying

Just what the title suggests. I need to sit down and start doing some research on my thesis. Recently moved to Yonge and Eglinton and have no idea where the good cafes are. And for me, a good cafe is one of those independent coffee shops that's cozy, has good coffee, and is never that hectic that makes reading/studying impossible. I hate going to the library, it's so boring and i end up falling asleep.

And it doesn't have to be exactly at Yonge and Eglinton. Anything between Bloor, Avenue, Lawrence, and Bayview is acceptable.

Free Wifi is a plus.


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    1. There are lots of places, but none that I'd consider quiet come to mind. There was a nice big one upstairs in the Indigo at Yonge and Eglinton Centre, not sure if it's still there or if it's now a Starbucks. Haven't yet been to La Bamboche, you could try there.

      1. I sometimes am in the area for work. I haven't really explored the coffee shops much there... I see a sign for one that has intrigued me but it's not that close to the office. La Tazza.

        1. The Timothy's on Yonge south of Eglinton has lots of people hanging out there and I believe free Wifi. There is nothing independent that comes to mind where I wouldn't think that the management wouldn't find your plan somewhat problematic as most of those places in the area are pretty small and need table space.

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          1. re: Cat123

            I don't know about the wifi, but Hannah's Kitchen on Yonge south of Eglinton, is a great spot during the day. It can get crowded at lunch but pre-lunch and post-lunch is great.

          2. I have been looking for the perfect spot in the area for a while! There are tons of Starbucks, Second Cups and Timothy's in the area but not much in the way of comfy, cozy shops where you can work away for the afternoon. Good Luck!


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            1. re: wontonfm

              I'm down in that area all the time - usually sit and study for hours on end...

              A couple thoughts:
              - The starbucks at yonge and davisville has a HUGE upstairs room with comfy chairs and lots of natural daylight during the day.
              - I personally like the Starbucks @ Eglinton & Holly, especially if I get a comfy chair in a corner. The staff are good there. Once I set up shop, I'm not disturbed, provided I buy something once every oh, 4 or 5 hours or so.

              As far as I know, Timothy's and Second Cup do NOT have free wifi - the time you spend on their internet is charged either to your credit card or to your cell phone bill.
              Over the last couple of months, I've bought a few Starbucks cards and put $5 each on them - for the sole purpose of using them to get online - you get 2 hours/card.
              You can also ask the people behind the counter very nicely if you can use their card (depending on the store, they may have some cards lying around). Your card can be used over and over again, so the $5 (provided you don't spend it on coffee!) is well worth the investment :)

              Cheers - maybe I'll see you around.