With 40,000 or so people of Arabic descent in London, Joe Alomeiri—a native of Jordan—knew a Middle Eastern restaurant would be well received by the city. He also had a feeling that non-Arabs might be curious to explore some traditions of his culture, including shisha. So, in 2008, he opened Crazy Joe's Shisha Cafe, naming it with the moniker he earned from his years working multiple jobs at once, often with very little sleep.
Joe allows himself to spend more time counting sheep, now that his sole focus is on his authentic shisha cafe. Free from tobacco, tar, and nicotine, herbal shisha—smoked from a water pipe, also known as a hookah—comes bathed in fragrant flavours, from fruity apple, guava, and peach to more indulgent tastes, such as chocolate and whiskey. Guests at Crazy Joe's can sink into a cushy sofa as they puff shisha and sip hot tea, or slide into a table and enjoy Middle Eastern favourites, such as chicken shawarma and falafel. On Saturday night, every seat in the house gets a full view of live belly dancers, who twist and shimmy amid the cafe’s vibrant, curry-coloured walls and blonde hardwood floors.
Owner Shannon Duncan creates a relaxing environment inside Sundown Tea, where guests can admire locally made pottery and art while sipping selections from more than 70 types of tea. Read on to learn more:
What you can drink in the shop: more than 70 teas, from Earl Grey and English Breakfast to more uncommon herbal teas and white teas including White Champagne Raspberry
What you can eat in the shop: coffee cakes and baked goods sourced from local bakeries
What you can take home: loose leaf teas by the gram, as well as teapots, tea cups, and mugs
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.
Inside the welcoming clove-coloured café, 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 café helps foster a sense of beauty and community by showcasing local music and artwork, including a rotating collection of oil paintings, pottery, and collages.
Grab a seat and dig in! Seven Shores Urban Market and Cafe in Waterloo offers tasty eats everyone will enjoy.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Seven Shores Urban Market and Cafe.
Heading to Seven Shores Urban Market and Cafe for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
If you haven't experienced Blue Water, it's a great time to enjoy the popular restaurant. The great menu options allow customers to focus on what matters: the superb quality.
If you're in the mood for tunes, you can search for your favorite song on the juke box.
If you just feel like stopping by for a drink, the restaurant has helpful bar staff (and a good selection behind the bar).
When you add it all up, making a trip to Blue Water is never a bad call. Visitors to the restaurant have access to a private lot nearby or can park on the street.