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“Best Coffee in Toronto” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Balzac's

Balzac's
55 Mill Street | Building 60, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
416 207 1709
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Ranked #152 of 6,800 Restaurants in Toronto
Cuisines: Canadian
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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“Best Coffee in Toronto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

What is it with Canadians and filtered coffee? Where ever you go in Canada the primary option for coffee is a cup of brown liquid that is to coffee what Justin Bieber is to music.

Sampling an espresso from any one of the numerous chains (Tim Horton’s, Second Cup, Starbucks) will leave you disappointed. There is a tendency to burn the milk or the coffee – and often both. If you do find yourself in with access to only a chain coffee shop ask for a ‘double shot’ as more caffeine can at lest mitigate some of the disappointment of substandard beans and pleasant, yet inefficacious, baristas.

I’m something of a coffee snob. I only have one cup a day so it has to be perfect. Enter Balzac’s.

Located in The Distillery – an easy walk from Toronto’s Downtown\Entertainment districts – this establishment serves great coffee that is crafted from good beans and assembled by baristas whose intimate relationships with their machines produces a beverage where the milk and coffee achieve a synergy unknown in the larger establishments.

There are, no doubt, other great coffee houses in Toronto (Dark Horse is worth an honourable mention) but if you’re chasing the bean Balzac’s is THE place to go.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
“Cafe ala Europa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Balzac's is a fine example of how cafes should look like. It optimizes the use of its setting and added a Euro touch to it.

The coffee and pastries are fresh and excellent. The accompaniment of these enjoyed in a historic location makes lounging that much more pleasurable.

It's time to savor the cup.

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Try the Parisian tea latte”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

A great selection of coffee and tea drinks plus fantastic baked treats (peanut butter rice krispie squares!). The atmosphere and decor of Balza's in the Distillery District is superb.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“By far the best beans we have found.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My husband and I are constantly on the hunt for great coffee beans and we have yet to find a brand more delicious than Balzacs. Unfortunately, the beans (similar to the coffee served in store) are rather pricey. On the plus side, this location is breathtaking in the winter in the distillery district - highly recommended for a winter date night!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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“Place for hedonists”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Come to enjoy and relax with great coffee in a beautiful café with a great atmosphere in Distillery District. Too bad, it closes at 11pm.

Visited June 2013
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