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Leslieville Tour

The Leslieville tour happened when I spotted a cafe for sale on craiglist. Thought it may be useful to check out some other independent cafes around the area at the same time. Leslieville is an up and coming neighbourhood in Toronto east of the Don River bounded by the Canadian National railway line and Gerrard Street to the north, Empire Avenue to the west, Eastern Avenue to south, and Coxwell Avenue to the east.

We managed to visit Red Rocket, Mercury, Darkhorse, Ed’s Ice-cream, Simple, Lucaffe, LPK, Te Aro. Most of the cafes do not disappoint and I have to say, even for someone who is a Starbucks fan, the coffee served up is great. We would say we like the coffee best at Mercury, friendliness most at Red Rocket, atmosphere felt best at Darkhorse, and found the concept coolest at Te Aro(it is actually built out of a garage). One thing we found at most of the cafes is that they keep the menu simple, use biodegradable cups,  and of course brew fair trade/organic coffee.

Definitely happy to see the cafes striving and doing well – my hope is that I could open up an independent in the Markham/Richmond Hill/Stouffville area. Instead of the commerical fares like Tim Hortons and Starbucks, would people here give independents a chance? I would hope so.

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
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