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 streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of comfort food and drinks at Tip and Sip Café, located on Mapleton Avenue.
With tasteful, subdued décor and floor-to-ceiling windows bathing the space in natural light, Tip and Sip Café paints the cozy picture of a friendly neighbourhood coffee shop. It's breakfast menu brightens morning commutes with savoury plates such as the full breakfast ($5.97)—two eggs, three pieces of bacon or sausage, signature home fries, and toast—as well as handheld treats including fresh-baked muffins ($2.65) and cinnamon buns ($1.77). Keep a clean conscience with fair-trade and organic coffee ($1.33–$1.77) and teas ($1.51) from the drink list, or indulge in specialties such as the pickpocket-free London Fog and the steaming cappuccino ($3.54–$4.56). Come midday, assorted sandwiches ($4.42), a 7-ounce hamburger ($6.46), and classic poutine ($5.97) help balance out lunch plans with the consummate skill of a retired circus seal.
Barrierestaurants.com reviewers give the Tip and Sip Café a 4.5-star average.