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#97 of 6,792 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, Canadian
As featured in Best Food in Toronto
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55 Mill St | Building 60, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada
+1 416-207-1709
07:00 - 20:00
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Sun 08:00 - 20:00
Mon - Wed 07:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Pennington, New Jersey
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411 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with my family during Christmas and had hot chocolates and cookies. The only downside was that the place is very popular and not too many seats. My young daughter, son and nephews had a older woman hogging a sofa upstairs sofa which was unfortunate. Her "friend" never did show up.

Thank KidLove
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the very charming and unique Destilery Distric in the old city of Toronto, Balzac cafe offers a very unique atmosphere! Beautiful well kept bricked arquiteture with a stunning chandelier hanging from the sealing, Balzac offers organic coffee (cortados, mochas, lattes, capuccinos) and teas (Matcha Green tea latter, chais) and a small variety of baked goods - home made... More 

Thank DepartureGate100
Seattle, Washington
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Visited the Mill st. building with the family in November. Went into Balzac's to get out of the cold and the rush of the Christmas market. Very eclectic space. Very busy. Coffee was a bit bitter. Apple cider was delicious, and the Hot chocolate was good. They also sell baked goods, and a few gluten free items.

Thank TheWonderingNomad
Mississauga, Canada
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149 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Went to the Distillery Christmas Market and stopped at Balzac's for some got drinks. When we walked in they were sampling some Turkish Delight (Rose or Pistachio) which were both good. We had Ciders and this hot lemon and ginger drink with maple syrup (can't remember the name unfortunately). Both were very good. The atmosphere is great as well.

Thank Jeff H
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I am in love with a Latte. Best I've ever had, did not have to put any sugar in it...Now I have a craving. The pastry was amazing as well, lemon tea biscuit. I am not usually a fan of lemon but my daughter got it and we shared. Delicious. Perfect place to warm up with coffee and a treat!

Thank SylviaToronto
Montreal, Canada
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I like the space, especially the second floor. Of course it's not always easy to find a seat but if you do, it's a pretty ambiance for a coffee meet up with a friend.

Thank DoaMTL
Fribourg, Switzerland
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I was wandering around the old distillery district in the early morning and happy to find the Balzac's (opens at 7am). And just listening to Jacques Brel while writing the review... fantastic!

Thank Walti_85
Mississauga, Canada
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135 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Be sure to go upstairs and see if the balcony tables are available and you can people watch while enjoying the delicious cappucinos they make! So much atmosphere for a coffee shop!

Thank MaryC12345678
Mils bei Solbad Hall, Austria
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Great coffee within historic building offers and stylish coffee bar. The coffee is pretty much standard but the atmosphere is great.

Thank xPaowx
Coxsackie, New York
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137 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

From the pretentious signs on the doors "no pictures allowed" etc to the gum-chewing clerk who had zip personality, I don't get the extreme recommendations. The setting is great but not much concept to the service.

Thank BobPhibbs

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Mill St | Building 60, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-207-1709

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At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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