Do you know what our life motto is right now?
Anytime is the right time to enjoy coffee.
It’s probably because we’re still trying to wake up from the winter hibernation that had us hunkered down and socially distanced for far too long. And why we wasted no time hitting the outdoors this week so we could feel the warm Spring breezes caress our faces.
Yup. We like to go for long strolls with a cup of tea or java in hand.
And one of our favourite coffee spots in Toronto is Rooster Coffee House!
What makes this coffee spot a cut above the rest? For one, definitely the view! You can enjoy a panorama of Riverdale Park East from the cafe tables out front, or take 15 steps across the street and perch on a bench for a more unobstructed, sun-soaked, gratitude-inspiring view!
Rooster Coffee Shop has a front-row seat to a quintessential Toronto view, making it a perfect stop during a sunny afternoon stroll or a casual getting-to-know-you date! The setting is away-from-the-fray urban yet postcard panoramic. I pretty much feel like I’m in a Rom Com when I’m here, even if I’m just an extra to someone else’s beginning to their Happy Ever After.
This place is also very laptop WFH-alternative friendly, which is why I know it so well. If I need to refresh my mind it’s the perfect change in scenery. The crew working here is always welcoming and friendly – which is not as common as one would hope in Toronto! At Roosters, the mood is chill and cheerful. No one is so saccharine you have to brush your teeth. Everyone’s genuine.
The menu is pretty straight-forward. I’m partial to their nourishing juices and protein salads, but I occasionally pick up a wrap; it’s all ready to grab and go! (It should be said that my bestie gives their vegan and gluten-free options two thumbs up!!). And while squares are one of those items that are ubiquitous no matter where you go, their s make for an easy quick snack. From Banana Caramel Cake to Peanut Butter and Date squares, the sky’s the limit for sweet treats at Rooster!
But my favourite item – if available – is their sea salt chocolate chip cookie! Imagine rich dark chocolate combined with soft and sweet vanilla dough and just a sprinkle of saltiness on top!
(Give me a moment as I wipe the drool off my face!)
Even the most disciplined person will be tempted by this cookie!
In a city with thousands of coffee shops and cafes, this destination is not just about the pretty view, but because they pack a pretty punch with their quality brew. Coffee has earned Rooster a loyal following with all the iterations of lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, and shots. And who doesn’t love beautiful foam art?
To create their signature Rooster Blends, they partnered with a local Pilot Coffee Roasters, who happen to supply beans to some of the top java purveyors in Toronto!
If you’re like me, whether you’re unwinding or working comfort is a priority. There are plenty of comfy chairs, tables and nooks to curl up in, which makes it casually effortless and yet elevated with just the right amount of Rooster style. Think rustically relaxed with pops of panache like classic subway tiles, elegant chandeliers and black and white striped awnings. If you catch me daydreaming instead of working, it’s because the decor has transported me into Rom Com land!
Because we cycle daily, and one of our favourite strolls is crossing the bridge to Riverdale Farm in Cabbagetown, Rooster is a regular stop for us. If it’s a bit off your radar and you’re driving, be assured you’ll almost always find street parking on Broadview. Gotta pup? The patio is pet-friendly so your pooch can perch by your side while you enjoy a snack.
This establishment is queer-positive, so if you’re looking for a Prideful Insta-worthy moment, they have a celebratory rainbow mural on the outer north wall perfect for super cute summer snaps!! Just sayin’.
We heart Rooster Coffee House so check it out.
You’ll appreciate the sweetness of pressing pause.
Rooster Coffee House
479 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, M4K 2N4
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am – 7pm
(Overlooks Riverdale Park. Outdoor seating.)
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