If you’re familiar with the Downtown/U of T area of Toronto, you’ll know that there’s a plethora of major coffee chains. Yes, these coffeehouses have great variety and an almost militant routine, but the independently owned café was refreshing change from all that. Nestled cosily between Yonge Street’s local boutiques, Café M turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
Upon entering, I was greeted by a cheery barista who was both patient and professional enough to recommend some of their popular items. The menu offers a range of café classics like paninis, salads and baked goods. However, with my year-round obsession for caramel lattés, I settled for the toffee nut ($4) and recommended the moccacino ($3) to my friend. (Mind you, it took a lot of willpower to resist ordering their Nutella latte.)
The Café is spacious enough to not feel like everything’s cramped together, yet small enough to remain exclusive. Personal touches arise from the owner’s choice of vinyl records that line the tops of the walls and the gorgeous chandelier in the back (below).
Yet, the star attraction is the perfectly placed seats that let you take in the Café from any angle. Amongst the hustle and bustle of Yonge & Bloor, the Café is perfect for people watching, taking a break and catching up.
But let’s not forget the incredible cuppa jo! After having countless bitter lattes and poorly pressed coffee, this was pretty much heaven in my mouth!
The Café also supports local bakers with it’s array of gluten-free and vegan goods. If all you need is a great cup of coffee, a place to write or even a quick bite — check out Café M before you settle for yet another crowded Starbucks.
672 Yonge Street
Mon-Wed 8 am – 6 pm
Thu-Sat 8 am – 8 pm