Until public-transit officials make dreams of commuting to work by rollycoaster a reality, Canadians will have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of gourmet coffee and café fare at Kawa Espresso Bar.
Kawa, which means "coffee" in both Polish and Elvish, offers organic, European-style coffees and tasty café fare in a chic and contemporary Connaught store. Break a nightly fast with a smoked-salmon-topped Montreal bagel ($6.50), or wash down a seasonal berry- and cream-filled whole-wheat crêpe ($8.50) with a dainty cup of espresso ($2.40). Frosty frappés ($4.50) and smoothies ($4.50) pair well with midday fare including the Italian panini ($8.50) and the chef's special empanada bison and side-salad combo ($8.50).
When the sun sets in the west and coffee fiends crash, Kawa stays open late (until 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays) to serve a wide selection of barley-pop and fermented-grape finds, so sidle up to the bar for a stimulating sip of your preferred elixir, or gift this Groupon to a listless litigator who needs a pretrial pick-me-up.