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Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,
  • Bar,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian Cuisine,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Coffee,
  • Weekend Brunch,
  • Events,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
2072 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1W9
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  • $10,

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If you’ve ever wanted more out of your coffee shop experience than just a cup of joe, put Belljar Cafe on your must-visit list. Equal parts espresso emporium, cocktail bar, music venue and neighbourhood hangout, Belljar has a little something for everyone.

Located in Roncesvalles, the café is owned by husband and wife team Geoffrey McPeek and Lisa Kannakko. Geoffrey has an incredible taste in music, as he comes from a musical background and is an accomplished songwriter. Lisa is a filmmaker and the creator of “Live at the Belljar”, a video archive of the music shows that happen at the space - including two intimate performances by musical giant and neighbour Daniel Lanois. These owners have defied the norm and created an interesting space that is multi-dimensional, with a different vibe from day to night.

“Come here in the day for the best espresso ever. Come here on the weekends for a really great brunch, spend hot summer nights out on the patio in the back or relax in the evening with good friends over cocktails or craft beers,” says Lisa.

In addition to offering food and drink for the morning rush to the nighttime crowd, the cozy café is also a family-friendly spot that fits right in on a street of art galleries and creative thinkers. The food menu offers a variety of crowd-pleasing sweet and savoury items including vegan breakfast burritos, gluten-free brownies and grilled avocado pesto sandwiches.

People want to come here, “because it’s in their neighbourhood and it a fun place to hang out,” says Lisa.

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Best café bars in Toronto

Best café bars in Toronto

A little bit rustic and a little bit chic, Belljar is the ultimate hybrid café bar. The bar is known to host events that have included book launches, live music, poetry readings and more. The West-end bar is popular with both the creative-types and cocktail bar lovers.

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Coffee and cocktails: Licenced cafés in Toronto

This is a place that has a double identity. By day it’s a quiet space devoid of wi-fi and full of people reading actual books and doing the daily crossword. Throughout the day Belljar serves espresso-based drinks, teas, and drip coffee. If you’re feeling peckish, there are premade sandwiches on offer and pastries. Once the sun goes down, the café is transformed, sometimes into a cinema, other times into a poetry performance space, always into a bar of fine quality and superb cocktails (think: Dark ‘n Stormys, Old Fashioneds, and hot toddies).

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Hybrid cafes in Toronto that'll take you from day to night

Hybrid cafes in Toronto that'll take you from day to night

Just off the beaten track, this Dundas West gem is open daily from 8am ’til late serving up fresh-pressed espresso and classic cocktails. A small menu of grilled sandwiches and fresh salads will help curb your hunger if you’re here for the long haul. The neighbourhood hangout also hosts live music, DJs and occasional outdoor movie screenings on the hidden back patio in the summer months.

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