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Feb 15, 2004 09:12 AM

Cozy cafe/coffee shop in North York?

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My dad has been craving hot chocolate in a cozy cafe (preferably with sofas!) for the longest time. Any suggestions for somewhere near Finch?

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  1. I haven't been there for a while. It was a Plantation at one time but the name has changed. There is a cafe at the Sheppard Centre beside the Grande theatre. It fronts onto Yonge St and has some sofas.

    1. How about Starbucks in Chapters?

      1. Cafe Mirage at the corner of Yonge and Sheppard, beside Spring Rolls. The hot chocolate is only okay but they've got couches, a cozy atmosphere, internet, great desserts and some decent coffee drinks.

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        1. re: smilegonewild

          Hmm... I realize that this is an older thread revived, however, I too am interested in finding a relatively quiet/cozy cafe in the northern ends of the city. I'm a grad student looking for a comfortable and somewhat accessible spot to conduct interviews over coffee.

          Plantations/Cafe Mirage is ok, atmosphere-wise (let's not discuss the food!), but perhaps other chowhounders can suggest a good spot that has decent coffee/drinks and would be good for interview sessions?

          1. re: estrelas

            What about Moxie's? They offer hot chocolate.

            Madison Centre
            4950 Yonge St. (on Yonge, between North York Centre & Sheppard
            )Tel : 416-226-3217

            1. re: chutchut

              Do we have any Starbucks here that have a lounge-y area? The ones in the U.S. do, in fact I was recently in one that also had computers set up and looked like someone's high end family room. It was nice. I've also seen Dunkin' Donuts with fireplaces and couches.

              Oh, and chutchut not sure about Moxie's being an appropriate place to lounge around with a hot chocolate. It's kind of in the same lines as a Jack Astor's, Milestones type place, don't you think? More slick cocktails than hot chocolate.

              Jack Astor's
              1090 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C3R6, CA

              1. re: Restaurant Dish

                Ha ha, I'm only sure about that Moxie's offers hot chocolate and sofa. For often rigid corporate gatherings, we sometimes go to Moxie's, the cafe in Novotel Hotel, Milestone's, or Baton Rouge. If allowing me to define the coziness, I'd rather go to Assamiea for their tea noodles, green teas, bubble teas, sesame drink or almond drink.

                5095 Yonge Street, Unit A2, Empress Walk, North York, ON

                There's a Starbucks at 5140 Yonge St, just above North York Centre Subway Station. They do have 2 1-seat sofas arranged next to each other and 1 love seat. However, I would say that the setup looks awkward and silly, definitely not cozy.

                Cafe Palma and Cafe Supreme within 5140 Yonge buidling also offer hot chocolate.

                Among all the above places, I'm not too sure which place would be the right interview place for estrelas.

                York Centre Cafe
                2408 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6E3S8, CA

                Cafe Palma
                5140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N6L7, CA

                1. re: chutchut

                  Agreed. I've been to that Starbucks and not only is the layout awkward, but the chairs are definitely in a high traffic zone.

                  Out of curiousity, between Cafe Palma and Cafe Supreme, which would be quieter/less traffic (and still offer somewhat decent drinks)?

                  Cafe Palma
                  5140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N6L7, CA

                  1. re: estrelas

                    Cafe Supreme is quieter although there're no walls around the seats. The (wooden) seats are open to the hall of the building. Cafe Palma is often noisy.

                    Cafe Palma
                    5140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N6L7, CA

                    1. re: chutchut

                      Great- thanks for this, chutchut! I'll scout out Cafe Supreme beforehand, just to make sure there aren't any surprises ;)

          2. re: smilegonewild

            If Cafe Mirage is to be labeled 'cozy', the meaning of the term should be broadened to include loud, crowded, low quality and overall just lousy

            Mirage Grill & Lounge - CLOSED
            4841 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M2N 5X2, CA

          3. The Second Cup on Steeles between Bayview and Leslie (south side) has a comfy seating section and Wi-Fi.

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            1. re: ghoti

              Ghoti, thank you for reminding me of this Second Cup! I pass by it about once or twice a month, and it completely slipped my mind.

            2. cafe princess
              5590 Yonge St.
              Phone: 416.733.9600

              southwest of yonge/finch intersection, second level

              serves cafe drinks, selective cakes and desserts