Balzac’s Coffee Roasters In The Distillery District

City Living, Restaurants, St. Lawrence Market

We adore the Distillery District, with its exquisite Victorian Industrial Architecture and a spirit that is alive with arts and culture! Walking through the cobblestone streets of the Distillery on my way to catch the 504 Streetcar, I love to stop in at one of my favourite coffee cafes – Balzac’s! Opened in 2002, it was Balzac’s second location, and is tucked into the city’s only pedestrian village neighbourhood!



Boasting some of Toronto’s finest boutiques, galleries, and food purveyors, it draws locals and tourists alike with its 19th-century buildings that once housed a large whiskey distillery and with festive celebrations – like Toronto’s famous Christmas Market! This neighbourhood stand out from the rest, and has a spirit and vibe you won’t find anywhere else in Toronto!



Balzac’s has transformed a Pump House (circa 1895) into a two-storey Grand Parisian style café. A giant Vaudeville chandelier casts a soft glow for sitting back and watching the bustling activity of this unique district. This location is very unique because not only is it a coffee shop by day, but can be rented out as a rental space in the evening, for weddings, social events, book launches and fundraisers.



Diana Olsen in Stratford, Ontario, first brought Balzac’s Coffee Roasters to life. Inspired by the Grand Cafes of Paris, but with Canadian Contemporary Culture. Proudly Canadian, Balzac’s has 14 distinct and beloved locations across Ontario. What distinguishes Balzac’s from the rest is that every café is specifically designed to embody the cultural nuances and historical significance of the location it’s in.



Don’t you adore sitting on a patio with a latté and baked treats?! We also love perching up on the second floor, looking down through the chandelier and at the artwork lining the walls from local artists. Balzac’s wheelchair accessible Distillery District location is tucked away at 1 Trinity Street.

Open Monday to Sunday from 8am- 7pm!



Imagine having this phenomenal little java spot literally steps away from your home, surrounded by the beauty of the Distillery? Have you seen our fresh-to-market 1bed+den soft loft right in the heart of the Distillery? Crisp, contemporary, and cool, these dreamy digs are ideal for urban dwellers who love the vibrancy and excitment of living downtown, but in a private perch above all the bustle!

A Sun-Kissed Soft Loft With Cobblestone Mews View In The Distillery District is currently offered for sale at $749,000!




Just a few minutes away in Toronto’s St Lawrence Market neighbourhood we have another fresh listing you’ll love!

Looking for rental accommodations? Here’s a great St. Lawrence Market offering for the savvy urbanite who loves the hard loft look: A Vintage Loft Steps To St. Lawrence Market

How would you love to rent a crunchy n’ cool space in a Heritage Building with 1058 square feet of living space spread over two levels?! This 2-bedroom vintage loft is ‘industrial chic’ at its best! Offered for lease at $2950/Month!



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Also, check out this beautiful penthouse we JUST SOLD a few blocks away!

This crisp and contemporary suite could offer you exactly that! Penthouse 3 is situated at the south-west corner of the building, occupying two-storeys on the 16th and 17th floors. Originally designed as a 2bed + den, 2bath suite, it was reconfigured with the condo builder to become a spacious 1-bed, 1.5-bath urban oasis! The wrap-around terrace is divine! We called it, ‘A Panoramic Penthouse Perch In The St Lawrence Neighbourhood!




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