A quick list of worthwhile espresso spots in Toronto

There’s more good coffee in Toronto than this perhaps, but this is not a bad set of places to start…

Dineen Coffee Co. – beautiful building, amazing espresso
140 Yonge StToronto, ON M5C 2L7


Caffé Artigiano – service with a smile and free WiFi
67 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M5E 1J8

Balzac’s Coffee Roasters – a useful back-up – more than one location
10 Market St
Toronto, ON M5E 1M6

Fairgrounds Cafe – OK, so it isn’t in Toronto per-se – quirky, worth a visit 
1106 Ogden Ave
Mississauga, ON L5E 1K3


The ones I didn’t manage to visit on this occasion but I’d like to check out next time I’m in town:

Big Apple ideas – as of April 2014

One of my favourite megalopoli to meander about is NYC and thus recommendations evolve with each visit.

Three new particularly worthwhile places have been added to this Foursquare NYC Coffee list – in the order that I visited them:

  1. The Smile – tucked away downstairs at 26 Bond St (btwn Bowery & Lafayette St.), New York, NY 10012 and 
  2. Abraço – on 86 E 7th St (at 1st Ave), New York, NY 10003
  3. Everyman Espresso – 301 W Broadway (btwn Canal & Grand St.), New YorkNY 10013

For a more comprehensive collection of coffee joints across New York, check out Blue Crow’s NYC Coffee app (scroll).

This time I sadly didn’t get to update my jazz joint list… but did add a new place to the short, and incomplete, list of worthwhile cocktail establishments

Four places I’d like to revisit in DC

A Speakeasy of note:

The Gibson

SpeakeasyLounge, and Cocktail Bar

2009 14th St NW (at U St NW), Washington, D.C. 20003


A basic but worthwhile joint – they had valet parking when I was there (not much need when you’re on foot – but maybe it was for Obama (they have pictures of Obama him stopping by).

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Hot Dog JointBurger Joint, and Diner

1213 U St NW (at 12th St. NW), Washington, D.C. 20009


Also around there and used to be worthwhile:

The Cork & Bottle

Wine Bar and Bar

44-46 Cranbourn St, London, Greater London, WC2H 7AN


And hardly for the service – but rather for the view:

P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge and Terrace

LoungeRoof Deck, and Hotel Bar

515 15th St NW (at W Hotel), Washington, D.C. 20004


Brief review: Jose

The view down Leathermarket St from Jose

Zagat has just released their 2013 list of top-rated London restaurants and I was particularly pleased to see the informal but superb Jose in Bermondsey Street right up there with The Fat Duck and old Soho favourite Gauthier.

So what better way to celebrate than to share my own views after a fair few visits, with more to come: 

// The unusual bit about this place

In addition to a superb selection of delectable tapas dishes of the more traditional variety, they sometimes serve acorn-fed pork that has only just been seared. And it is spectacular.

// The five reasons I’ll (keep) go(ing) back

The raucous atmosphere when it is busy; the speedy and efficient service; the wine selection which reminds you that it worth venturing beyond Rioja now and again; and most importantly – the food – which leads us to the fifth: you don’t mind having to sometimes stand up to fit in, when it is this good.

You can Jose on Foursquare – where it is, as you would expect, on my list of London’s Best Spanish.


#XX (at Sally White)

New addition to the London’s Best Coffee list on Foursquare. Nice little new café in Kennington. After you’ve caffeined up, I recommend you stop by the small independent Kennington Bookshop (and if you like those types of places, then there’s of course a list for that too).

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