Cafe Novo is a lovely little spot to stop in and do some reading while drinking a nice hot beverage. It’s a recent addition to Bloor Street across from the High Park, making it a very convenient stop en route to the playground. They make homemade scones and other delicious looking baked goods on the premises. Yumm. There is a big table in the back, and free wifi making it a nice work spot as well.
Littlefish bakery and cafe is a cute new addition to the Junction. They serve a tasty breakfast ’till at least 4pm, every day except Mondays. The space is cozy and bright. What could be better on a cold winter morning or a chilly afternoon?
Three Speed is a great little bar on Bloor Street west of Dufferin. Nice atmosphere and tasty pub food make this an attractive option to meet friends for a pint. It’s owned by the same folks who started Communist’s Daughter, which explains the cozy, raw urban feel. The bar seems to be doing very well and as it is one of the few such offerings in the area I’m sure it will continue to kick butt.
If you love cheese, then Chabichou is for you. These photos are not up to standard, but don’t let that reflect badly upon this fantastic cheese shop. The owner is very friendly and brings in a lovely selection of cheeses. I tasted a few outstanding samples from France and Quebec. So if you are out standing with nothing to do, I suggest you put one foot in front of the other and walk on over to Chabichou at Harbord and Borden. They also make baguettes on the premises. Yummmmmmm.
A sweet new bar opened on Dundas West of Ossington. The Red Light is unlabeled but the lamp in the window will give you the subtle hint that you’ve found it. With the same owners as Sweaty Betty’s it has a vibe similar to that of a 70s den (minus the carpet) : Cozy, kitchy and welcoming. I can’t get enough of those porcelain cats. Oh the purrrrr of sweet cocktails makes me blurry.
Naco just opened up on Dundas St. west of Dufferin a few weeks ago. It’s a friendly, eclectic little coffee shop that serves authentic Mexican food. The owner is originally from Mexico, and he has given the place a warm vibe. The menu is small and the food is excellent. I highly recommend a little Mexican bite when you stop in for coffee.