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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner


Cafe, Canadian
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Not kind or welcoming service. The staff seemed more concerned with socializing with each other or being on their cell phones than paying attention to customers.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank NokomisontheWater
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Balzac’s located in the distillery area was in a beautiful old building. Sit upstairs if you can. We only had coffee but pastries looked good.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ELLlady
Reviewed October 22, 2018

We had afternoon tea here – an interesting sparkling drink of raspberry, strawberry and cracked pepper and a shared pineapple and coconut danish. The later was very tasty with some crunchy additions to the pineapple cream with some of the pastry dyed a striking green....More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ann T
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Located in an historic area of Toronto, the Distillery District, the coffee shop is in an original building from the whiskey distillery. The area now houses many restaurants, clothing shops, art galleries and more. The coffee shop offers numerous coffee, tea and drink options as...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Connie654
Reviewed October 2, 2018

The go-to coffee house in the Distillery. There are others just as good, but Balzac’s by virtue of location and venue and length of time it’s been there is the most popular. Hard to find a seat so be prepared to get yours to go.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Sugith V
Reviewed September 16, 2018

I love this place. The coffee is very good, the location and situation is unique. When this place is empty I will stay here in some great sitting spots on the second floor. Other times I park in front and run in for take-out.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MyCoachEd
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

My family and I very recently visited Balzac’s as a final daytime pick-me-up stop in the Distillery District on a Toronto vacation. The shop’s coffee was fair to good( from someone who loves and has experienced many houses) The environment/atmosphere and architecture was fantastic. If...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank DMcGilli
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

The Distillery District is popular with tourists and this place seems to charge accordingly. The coffee is good with good flavor in the espresso. Inside has a nice feel given the beautiful old building, although seating is minimalistic and people crowd around waiting for their...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank chrissC1943GQ
Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

You can smell the great coffee as soon as you open the door. And the decoration of the coffee shop is amazing. Believe me, when they ask you how much water you need in your americano; they know what they’re doing. Unfortunately I was in...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 271chim_m
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Wanted to grab a quick treat between Union Station and a day of touristy stuff in downtown TO. Popped into Balzac's and had a Magic Bar and Maple Latte. So, so good!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank AileenGB
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Karina G
March 20, 2015|
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Response from LHenderson55 | Reviewed this property |
Hi: Balzac's is a ten minute drive to downtown, with a wide selection of hotels. This would be a safer bet from an accommodation standpoint.
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