This semester I’ve found myself with a very spread out class schedule that leaves me lounging on campus for a good portion of every day. Since I’ve officially hit my Robarts tolerance quota for the month and my luck at finding a seat in my fav campus eateries seems to have run out lately, I’ve been exploring some of the coffee shops that surround campus. These three cafes are all close to campus (two might technically be on campus) and I find them to be a great alternative to Starbucks or a library when I have some time to kill with only light work to do!
Cafe in the Royal Conservatory of Music. Location: Bloor Street (entrance off of Philosophers walk is right beside the cafe)This cafe is a little hallway cafe inside the Royal Conservatory of Music. Not a lot of people seem to know about it (or maybe it was just me who had no clue) but it’s actually a really cool space with a decent amount of seating and good snacks and drinks.
The Grind. Location: the mysterious underground shops between the Manulife Centre and the Bloor/Yonge subway.This cafe is not the easiest to find but the grandma-chic vibe that it has going on totally makes it worth it. In the underground it’s closer to Bloor-Yonge subway but you can access it through the Manulife Centre by walking towards the underground Holt Renfrew bit and taking a right turn when you see the Holt Renfrew cafe, then just keep going in an easterly direction past the section where the floor tiles change and you should (hopefully) find it despite my terrible directional advice.
Drink of choice: Chai Latte Another gem in this underground labyrinth is this pastry vending machine. I haven’t had time to try it yet but I am definitely going back! It’s on your way to the Grind if you are coming from the Manulife Centre. I think U of T should get one of these, or ten.
L’Espresso Bar Mercurio. Location: Bloor and St. George.This place is underneath a Woodsworth building which officially makes me jealous of everyone in Woodsworth. The tables, the car, the drinks, everything about this place makes me feel like i’m literally living inside an episode of Gossip Girl. Drink of choice: mint tea for two in a teapot that I absolutely need in my house. Someone please tell me where I can buy one.
Now that you know my favourite coffee shops near campus let me know yours in the comments below or on twitter @Amie_UofT