A man was smoking outside of the Coffee Shop, so I asked him if he thought the coffee was better at the Coffee Shop than Clafouti. He said he thought so, and when I walked in, he put out his cigarette and followed me in. This is when I realized he was the barista there. I told him he didn't have to put out his cigarette for me, and he said, "Oh of course I did - no worries."
I ordered my espresso and then started getting some advice from him on good bars in Toronto. He elicited the help of a hip 30-something couple who finally gave me the most candid and useful breakdown of the city and its neighborhoods, gayborhoods and happenin' spots.
|Double Espresso - My chatting kept me from taking a picture right away, when the creamy head was perfect.|
There's some seating in a small upstairs section, it's near MOCCA (free!), and it's across from the Trinity Bellwoods Park. Point being, if you're okay with a bit of hippery with your good coffee, this is bound to be a useful joint from time to time.