Honoré de Balzac, one of history's consummate coffee aficionados, is a prolific and celebrated 19th century French novelist. His prodigious output was famously fueled by copious cups of strong, black coffee consumed throughout the night. While earning a university degree in French Literature, Diana Olsen, President and Founder of Balzac's, discovered a kindred spirit in Monsieur Balzac and his genuine passion for coffee. Upon graduating, she immersed herself in authentic French culture, spending a year and a half in France. more...
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Toronto’s most Instagrammable cafés

Toronto’s most Instagrammable cafés

Nestled in one of Toronto’s most photographed areas, the historic Distillery District, Balzac's is a multi-story café that is a must-visit when in the neighbourhood. The historic stone building, complete with exquisite chandeliers, will leave you speechless – and your Instagram followers wondering if you’ve taken a sudden trip to Europe.

Sip on a cold brew coffee at these Toronto cafés

Sip on a cold brew coffee at these Toronto cafés

With six locations across Toronto – each stunning in its own way – this beloved Toronto coffee house chain hosts perhaps the most impressive cold brew coffee set-up in the city. They teamed up with Mill Street Brewery to create the Nitro system at both their Guelph and Distillery District locations, allowing the cool concoction to flow right out of a beer tap. Stop in to enjoy a cold brew original or double down on a cold brew float, which pairs the coffee with a generous serving of vanilla ice cream by local gelato maker Be Good.

Toronto coffee shops worthy of a study session

Toronto coffee shops worthy of a study session

One of Toronto’s iconic cafés boasts micro-roasted Arabica beans, across its multiple locations. Perfect for students who both love coffee and are looking to study in style, Balzac’s Ryerson University shop is located in the Image Arts Building, right on campus.

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  • $11 to $25

Restaurant type

  • Coffee shop


  • Restaurant with private rooms
  • Restaurant with catering services


  • Casual

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  • Coffee shop
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