I stumbled upon the great Boreal Coffee Shop while riding bus 19 back when it stopped right in front of the coffee shop. The shop's name caught my eye knowing the boreal climate zone has the coniferous forests of the planet so we are In The Zone. I had time so I hopped off the bus, popped inside and feasted my eyes on the menu behind the back bar. The staff were (and remain) the friendliest you'll find, especially for an Anglophone, and they let me take plenty of time to make my selection. I finally decided to try a French press which I hadn't seen at any coffee shops this side of the Pacific Northwest of North America... it was splendid. Alas, they no longer offer that option. With my novel in hand I settled into one of the couches and thoroughly enjoyed the coffee and the ambiance complete with some good tunes playing. After an hour or so I decided I'd try another coffee and had a medium size coffee latte... equally delicious, and went back to reading. Needless to say when I finally left I was pretty caffeinated and the lunch crowd was filing in. The shop isn't close to where I live but I've spread the word to friends and acquaintances that if they are near the Stand area they should stop at Boreal and have a really good coffee. The Boreal folks clearly take pride in how they roast and serve their coffee. Now, if they would just bring back the French press and have a dark roast I'd be in heaven. About a year ago they opened a small take-away shop on Rue du Mont Blanc downhill from the train station and the coffees are just as good plus they offer the famous French press if you are staying. Almost forgot, they sell very nice sandwiches, salads, pastries and brownies. Give it a try! I do every chance I get.
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