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best coffee and/or best pastry within a 10 minute walk of Union Station?

Which places do you recommend, besides Sam James?

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    1. I second Dineen or Sam James on the PATH by St. Andrew station (no real seating there though -- there are some seats in the corridor but it's not as nice as an experience as Dineen to sit and have coffee + croissant).

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      1. re: GrahamChubb

        In addition to croissants, which pastries/other baked goods would Chowhounds recommend at Dineen?

        1. re: prima

          Nothing? Everything? It's all better than normal but nothing is outstanding.

          1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

            I was hoping for a more specific rec than everything. Even at a chain, some pastries are better than average. I like the bourekas, alfajores and date pastries at Aroma, and I'm a repeat customer for the lemon raspberry loaf at Starbucks.

            1. re: prima

              But nothing you get is going to be remarkable, everything is going to be a bit better than average. It's hard to recommend anything as "get this!"

              Am I going to say that the better than average but not great croissant is more worth getting than the better than average but not great brownie? I can't really. Just get what you feel like, you'll be adequately pleased.

              It's not like at Dumpling House where I'll tell you to get the pork and chive fried dumplings, or Seven Lives where I'll tell you to get the gobernador. Not every place is like that.

              I wish I could be more helpful than order what you like, but sometimes order what you like is good enough advice.

      2. Brick Street Bakery in First Canadian Place is ok depending on what you get

        Petit Thuet

        Future in St Lawrence Market is my fav there

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        1. re: Wil

          I think Petit Thuet at Yonge & King is closed..

          1. re: Truffles

            Yep, the Yonge & King location of Petit Thuet closed in May.

            1. re: prima

              Didn't they open a new location on King E near Parliment?

              1. re: Wil

                Yes.The King E location has been open for a few years. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781588

          2. re: Wil

            I highly recommend Brick St Bakery in the basement of the FCP building. They have great flakey almond croissant and Eccles cake. Their palmier is a shattering crumb delight.

            Petit Thuet was once great but my last 2 adventures has not been as memorable or enjoyable. It's possibly because they were announcing their closure at Yonge and Bay. But the croissant was pale and under baked and the macaron was clearly stale (mushy).

            1. re: Nevy

              I just remembered Le Neuf Cafe west of the Entertainment district... I'm thinking that's on the border of your 10 minute walk but it does have good pastries and coffee in a cute atmosphere!

          3. Fahrenheit Coffee is at Jarvis and Lombard -- within your 10-minute walk. I don't know about the pastries there, but the coffee is definitely superior.

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            1. re: AverageJo

              Yeah. Farenheit is clearly the best coffee in the area and the pastries are good enough. It's a bit further than 10 minutes.

              Dineen is the nicest space by far. It's in a heritage building and has a patio. Coffee is third best in the broader area (behind Sam James and Farenheit - nothing else is any good).

              Since it's nice out, skip the PATH.

              1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                I agree with your assessment here... for the PATH as well I like the coffees as MosMos -Commerce Court East tower... some serious lines here sometimes..

                Farenheit for sure when I have 10 or so minutes to walk one way (from yonge/king) - thus from Union is about 15.

              2. re: AverageJo

                I vaguely recall Fahrenheit makes their own pastries. probably pretty good when super fresh.

              3. I am sure a lot of Chow will disagree with me, and not necessarily a pastry but Prairie Girl Cupcakes is near there and I am a sucker for them.

                Not being a coffee drinker myself, I can’t comment but many of my coworkers really enjoy Marche coffee.

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                1. re: pumpkinspice

                  fine purveyors of alittle cupcake to go with your icing.

                2. I am totally going to be flogged with a wet noodle for even suggesting this, but here goes.....

                  The Starbucks in First Canadian Place, street level near the Toronto Board of Trade (Adelaide St) entrance, near the Birks store.

                  Yep. I said it.

                  The catch is, you need to order the coffee to be brewed in the "clover" machine. Basically, a fresh, French- press brew just for you.....

                  Seriously, this is some of the best coffee I have ever had. You can either request one of their "Reserve" blends, or even a regular blend (pike place, cafe Verona, etc) to be brewed in the clover. If they have the Sumatra Black reserve blend, get that. Please don't adulterate it with milk or sugar. :)

                  " hi, I'd like a grande xxxx blend brewed in the clover, please, no need to leave room for milk. Thanks!"

                  I blame my colleague for introducing me to this crack.

                  No idea on pastry.

                  1. At the St Lawrence Market, I usually grab a fresh baked croissant from Stonemill Bakehouse then plunk myself down across the aisle at Pasta Mia to get an espresso to go with.

                    1. They have just opened a new cafe inside the Ritz Carleton at Simcoe and Wellington. It is on the main floor in the sushi bar location. (just to the left of the front door)

                      The cafe is only open from 6am to 1pm but they offer Pilot coffee. The pastries are apparently done in house and I have to admit they were pretty darn good! Service was excellent.