Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savoury flâneur fare with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of food and coffee at The Wedding Café on Pandosy Street. Groupon-holders can percolate and munch on goodies while availing themselves of the plethora of free, up-to-date wedding planning materials. Sip on a 12-ounce caramel macchiato ($3.50) or crunch down on the menu's citrus dill tuna panini ($7.95) while flipping through bridal magazines, pamphlets, and brochures in a stress-free environment. Customers not planning a wedding can simply lounge at The Wedding Café while making use of the free WiFi or admiring the modern furniture and electric blue walls, symbolic of the classic something old, something new, something borrowed, something from Ikea.
The Wedding Café
The Wedding Café refreshes couples planning their big day with nuptial knowledge dished out alongside fair-trade organic coffee, salads, and paninis. The airy sky-blue-and-white dining room doubles as a resource centre where betrothed couples garner guidance from wedding planning books and magazines, browse brochures and reception-site menus, or connect to WiFi to run vows through plagiarism filters. As planners pour matcha green-tea lattes into mugs, they also dispense wedding advice, including referrals for trusted vendors.
Black café tables offer a calm space for planning ceremony details and finding the proper laser needed to cut the cake, but The Wedding Café dishes its fare out to non-planners just as joyfully. Paninis come equipped with accents such as cranberries or basil-pesto mayo to highlight chicken or turkey and complement a plate of Moroccan hummus with pita chips. Cupcakes, meanwhile, tap dance inside a glass display case, and wedding-themed merchandise waits to be gifted.