Cuisine Type: Coffee, tea, latte, cappuccino, smoothie
Handicap Accessible: No
Number of Tables: 1?5
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Coffee
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: We offer a comfortable lounge with free wifi.
Carl, the owner of Beantown Coffee Co., keeps his company a small, family-run operation. But that doesn't mean he lacks grand aspirations for his product. "The coffee is 100% organic [and] fair trade," he says. "And it tastes out of this world." The beans can be found in everything the baristas whip up, from hot, dark drip coffee to milky lattes. For the caffeine-conscious, Carl recommends a cup of socially-conscious loose leaf tea or the "amazing hot chocolate," which pairs well with a pastry or even the frozen hot chocolate, if you want to mix them together and have regular chocolate.
Harry Ten Shilling boasts a history as rich as its homemade desserts. The building's original identity was the Union Hotel, which served as a stopover for early pioneers. Later it would become a bootlegging operation, then an antique store, and then an art gallery. Finally, in 1977, the storied location transformed into Harry Ten Shilling Tea Room—a name that pays homage to William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II. During the play, characters reference a 10-shilling coin marked with the face of Henry III, who was also known as Harry.
Harry Ten Shilling's traditional teatime experience bridges the gap between past and present. The café complements cups of chai and naturally flavored black tea with homemade finger sandwiches, jams, and signature scones. Cooks arrange the delicacies on fine china and supply all the proper tea fixings—milk, sugar, and splints for keeping pinkie fingers angled at precisely 45 degrees.
Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe complements its aromatic free-trade coffee with a crowded menu of fresh cafe fare. Lunch dates commence as pairs settle into the cafe’s brick-walled, cozy ambience—complete with wooden floors and a grandmother encouraging guests to eat up—and select Brown Dog signature half sandwiches such as the smoky Country turkey ($7) or the stacked simplicity of the ham and swiss ($6). Hot sandwiches, including eggs benedict ($5) and bacon-cheese ($4), arrive at tables escorted by doting pickle-spear chaperones and the customer's choice of salad or soup of the day. Diners contemplate the complex aromas of one of Brown Dog's in-house roasted fair-trade signature coffee blends while sitting on the Paris location's brisk patio area, where the Grand River eases along nearby and compels patio sitters to speak only in haiku. In addition to flaky apple fritters, the amiable Brown Dog staff keep the ovens humming with classic cafe delectables, including scones ($1.75), french toast ($3.50), and a fluffy assortment of muffins ($1.75).
Inside the welcoming clove-coloured caf?, baristas grind fair-trade organic beans to create a variety of drinks that spotlight the distinct flavours of the world?s best coffee-growing regions. They customize these concoctions with flavoured syrups for a touch of sweetness, or pour them over ice for a quick way to cool down on a summer?s day. New chef Natasha Frank's expansive menu features a selection of sandwiches and flatbreads, as well as appetizers such as jalapeno popper and salmon pinwheels, and vegetable soup. The caf? helps foster a sense of beauty and community by showcasing local music and artwork, including a rotating collection of oil paintings, pottery, and collages.
Family owned for two years, Wisdom Teashop is committed to enriching the global tea community by providing Fair Trade and Ethical Tea Partnerships loose-leaf teas and products whenever possible. Savour the soothing taste of Japanese matcha ($6 for 50g), a rich, frothy green tea often used to make green tea ice cream, lattes, milkshakes, and bubble-bath beards. Or shake up your morning coffee routine with a steamy cup of Canadian breakfast tea ($4.95 for 50g), a specialty black tea blend whispering floral, oaky sweet nothings. Shoppers looking for gifts or a little something special to accompany their own tea-totalling will appreciate the selection of accessories and wares at Wisdom Teashop. Do your part to save the earth, one leaf at a time, by storing your lovely leaves in a round tea caddy ($2.75 for 50g container), a sleek, reusable tin good for long-term, air-tight storage. Once exposed to the freedom of the air, let leaves soak directly into your cup or pot with a stainless steel infuser ($5.95), or tea ball infuser ($3.75 for a 2" infuser).