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#86 of 6,753 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
08:00 - 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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Mississauga, Canada
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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 4 weeks ago

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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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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130 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 7 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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132 reviews
61 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
Limerick, Ireland
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120 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Building where this coffee shop is situated is quirky with a loft upstairs to chill out in. They have a great selection of coffees to choose from. Good atmosphere with a nice outside seated area to just sit, relax and people watch. A visit is recommended.

Thank Brendan007
Saint Thomas, Canada
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very nicely decorated and well managed as far as service. It was very busy but the line moved well. Others had coffee and enjoyed it. I had tea and burnt myself when I opened the door to go out. It was extremely hot and I should have put a lid on my cup. So, be careful if you order tea!

Thank nelix_ca
Macedon, New York
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Liked the atmosphere and the building! Good Coffee and service. good place to sit and take a break!!

Thank Kevin T

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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, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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