Wallace and Emerson Coffee Shops
I am a coffee fan, and as someone who comes from an area of the world with the richest and longest coffee culture history (The Horn of Africa, specifically Eritrea/Ethiopia), I would being doing myself a disservice if I did not regularly seek out great coffee shops in my community and share this information with like minded coffee fans, and anyone who enjoys their daily cup of joe. Which is why I felt the need to compile a list of coffee shops in my area (Wallace and Emerson), especially after having a discussion about this very topic with my neighbour.
If you’re not familiar with the Wallace and Emerson neighbourhood of Toronto it is on the come up, much like the entire city is. The neighbourhood is hard to describe as there are two ways to describe the neighbourhood, as is mapped out below. As a community in transition, major developments have popped up at Dupont and Lansdowne, North of Dupont along Lansdowne and South of Davenport, and the potential city park/mixed use development slated for the city owned land 640 Lansdowne Ave.
In the midst of all the changes abound in the area, we still need a good cup of coffee or tea to keep us going in this crazy town. In light of that, here are a list of great coffee shops you should consider next time you’re in the area:
Bottle Rocket Coffee – 584 Lansdowne Ave – Website
Bottle Rocket is a fairly new spot, but don’t let its “newness” fool you. Former home to the famous Starving Artist restaurant, there remains a few remnant of the previous business like the fish tank and light fixtures.
The coffee shop serves locally roasted coffee and homemade pastries baked in house by owner Patrick Newmark. The coffee is a chocolatey, nutty medium roast and the baked goods are made daily bursting with flavour.
With a low key atmosphere, lot of lighting, a redone front facade, and tonnes of potential in the owner and bakers, Bottle Rocket is a definite to check out.
Wallace Espresso – 188 Wallace Ave – Website
Cafe Neon – 241 Wallace Ave
Photos by Jesse Milns/BlogTO
Hale Coffee – 300 Campbell Ave – Website
Opened in 2013, selling a selection of bespoke coffees. As a Toronto-based micro roaster Hale migrates the culture and style of farmers across the globe and present it to the city through their roasted coffee – made with precision and love, consistently. As time passes, they continue to grow our reach within Toronto, the key has been their ability to capture individuals and cafe owners in guiding them through exploring coffee.
Station Cold Brew Coffee Co. – 300 Campbell Ave – Website
Founded by Steve, Mitch and Mike – who own and operate Station Cold Brew Coffee.
Inspired after a trip to Brooklyn back in 2013, they set out to bring quality cold brew coffee to the streets of Toronto. Station is inspired by the journey, and dedicated to fuelling your lifestyle with the best cold brew experience out there.
They’r like to think of ourselves as a coffee company, disguised as a beer brand.
They use responsibly sourced, locally roasted beans and are proud of our all-natural cold brew. You can learn more about their coffee by clicking over to their cold brew section here.