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balzac's
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ontario street, Stratford, Ontario N5A3H1, Canada
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ontario street, Stratford, Ontario N5A3H1, Canada
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The BEST ginger molasses cookies!

We stopped here....all 8 of us women for coffee and to try out their cookies. The ginger molasses cookies are amazing! YOU MUST try them out....they are that good! Coffee of course was excellent too!

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2014
CathyAnnU
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London, Canada
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English first
London, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We stopped here....all 8 of us women for coffee and to try out their cookies. The ginger molasses cookies are amazing! YOU MUST try them out....they are that good! Coffee of course was excellent too!

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Great coffee, and great baked goods. Lots of selection. Loved the artsy atmosphere. Lots of seating to choose from.

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London, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Always stop in for the great coffee and friendly service when in Stratford. Never been disappointed in the coffee or the great staff that are knowledgable about the coffee's, tea and meals.

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Toronto, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a more enjoyable place that TH and the pastries looked good but the coffee was just ok. I was probably expecting something better.

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London, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

In a world where every corner has a fast food style coffee shop and even the fast food burger place talks of coffee, one really must go to Balzac's to find how coffee should be served. Like in every other part of the world except North America, their coffee is made for you. The barrista is very good, the cafe... More 

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London, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

bathroom way too small buttertart too expensive and too small, staff very nice large place with only one bathroom that was weird and it was way too small had a patio too i don't know what else to write since i am forced to keep writting lol.

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This was our second visit to this coffee emporium. It was a rainy afternoon,. The place was nearly full - the coffee and chai latte divine. Service was prompt and friendly. The barrista really knows her stuff. Not much difference in fare from other upscale coffee houses, but this is really a comfortable place to enjoy a cup of 'joe.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Very nice place good staff bathroom too small one buttertart 3.50 and it had rasins in it and a little on small side

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St. Marys, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The place is quaint and coffee good but I find it a bit over rated. There are other coffee houses just as good or better. The seats are not as comfortable as they could be but the outdoor seating is nice on hot summer days.

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ann arbor, mi
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95 reviews 95 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Balzac's is a traditional coffee house right in downtown Stratford on Ontario street. Great coffee and muffins. Traditional atmosphere. What else would you want?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: ontario street, Stratford, Ontario N5A3H1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Stratford

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Canadian
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?