There is something irresistible about a beautifully designed coffee shop. And Balzac’s Coffee in Toronto’s Distillery District is just such a place. Located in an antiquated warehouse, the ambience exudes an industrial-chic meets French bistro aesthetic with its worn brick walls, pressed tin coffee bar, checkerboard tiled flooring, and 20ft ceiling adorned with exposed pipes.
Remember the days when coffee was coffee, and the only extra you’d get with a serving of Colombia’s finest was a splash of milk and a few teaspoons of fake sugar? Well, my friends, those days are long gone. Now every barista worth their weight in beans is able to craft intricate artworks out of magical brown dust. Heck, many of them are worthy of a place on the haloed walls of the Museum of Contemporary Art.