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Public Question Asked by theurbanfox about Toronto
we're visiting Toronto next week, where is the best coffee served and what sights should we not miss?
The Best Answer
Answered by K Choi , Toronto, Canada
Sorry for answering late, but if you're in the east end (as in Queen Street east of Broadview), lots of nice places in Leslieville - our favourite is the Mercury espresso bar at 915 Queen St. E (near Carlaw) - they are organic. Nothing fancy but good coffee. For something funky, try Hello Toast,nearby, or Bonjour Brioche (812 Queen St. E) has great French pastries and coffee. Stroll further east on Queen east of Woodbine - the Beaches area for shopping, pubs, etc. and the Beach boardwalk for sun and sand if it's a nice day.
Answered by Robbie Poulton , Toronto, Canada
The best coffee in the city is served at a place in the west end called Balluchon. It's located at 221 Sorauren Ave. It constantly gets the best reviews and it's cheaper than Starbucks (not hard I know) While you're out in the west end, a nice Autumn walk in Hyde Park is only 10 minutes away from Balluchon. I suggest checking out the CN tower if it's a clear day, shopping on Queen Street and checking out the galleries in the Queen West and Distillery District neighborhoods....
Answered by Jason Kucherawy , Toronto, Canada
For coffee in Toronto, I'm a fan of a few places: Balzac's is great (2 locations including one int he historical Distillery District - one of the "can't miss" places and home to a favourite pub called Mill Street Brew Pub) and I also really like Dark Horse (also with a couple of locations, including one near Chinatown).
For sights not to miss, it really depends on what you like to do. I'm a walking kind of guy (as a tour guide you have to be) and I love wandering around the great neighbourhoods here. Little Italy, Chinatown/Kensington Market, the Annex, the Waterfront... all have something great to offer in the way of shopping, cafes and restaurants.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is newly rennovated and stunning, so is the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The CN Tower is fun to visit and the best deal is to make a reservation for dinner. The food is excellent, a little pricey until you factor in the free ride up the tower, which is usually $20+! Knock twenty bucks off your meal and it's a good deal really.
Answered by Rachel Evans , Toronto, Canada
For Coffee? Remarkable Bean @ 2242 Queen Street East is great.
I will echo, shop on Queen Street as well. Visit the CN tower on a clear day. If you're a person that likes exploring cities, definately explore around Front Street. There's a lot of things there, then go to the lake-shore area any part of the lake, it's beautiful, just bring a sweater, it's gotten nippy! If you like artsy stuff, you can visit Scarborough Bluffs are also nice (They filmed many movies there, more recently the 'Love Guru' with Mike Myers)
Enjoy your trip!
Answered by Brendan Powell , Toronto, Canada
Have to agree with the pick of Balzac's coffee in the distillery district, as well as the recommendation of Mill Street Brewery--the best beer made in Toronto. I Deal (84 Nassau, http://www.martiniboys.com/Toronto/I-Deal-Coffee%3A-Kensington-review.html) and Luis (corner of Baldwin and Augusta) in Kensington Market--the former for the hardcore coffee lover and teh latter for the best spot to people watch in the centre of Kensington.
Best thing is if you only went to these two areas in Toronto, you'd have a pretty good day of sightseeing (and caffeine)!
Answered by Gregory B. Gallagher , Montreal, Canada
There are several good spots in and around saint Lawrence Market on Front Street, and there you may purchase coffee to take home as well.
Answered by Shehz , Mississauga, Canada
Tim Horton's (coffee).
You'll find them on every corner, and won't have to travel by bus or taxi serching for cafe's.
CN Tower, Harbour Front, or just go online at http://www.toronto.com/events
and you'll know what's happening when and where in Toronto!
Enjoy your trip.