A hidden a gem in the middle of midtown, Birch Bistro is the perfect spot for a lovely afternoon of writing. Romantic elegant French bistro by night, Birch transforms into a cute take away café by day. The thing is – and this it is perhaps the best kept secret in the neighbourhood – when you order from the counter, you get access to a section of the exquisite dining room, or, in the warmer months, the sunny street-side patio. The dining room is quiet, bright and gorgeous. The space is all floor to ceiling windows, rich wood textures, and classic black and white floor tiles – just take a sip from one of their darling tea cups and let the creative juices flow (if you are extra nice, they might even give you the wifi password). Don’t worry: they offer lots of tasty treats, so you won’t go hungry! Another fun fact: this building is actually a converted bank, and still has an antique vault (now a cloak room). A very, very pretty place to write.
Alright, here are the stats:
Neighbourhood: Midtown/Mount Pleasant Village
Wifi: Yes, but it’s a bit of a secret.
Plugs: Unfortunately, no.
Tables: There are 4-6 tables, but it’s rarely busy (for now).
Best Snack: I loved the crustless quiche!
TTC: Not particularly TTC accessible, honestly – it’s a fifteen minute walk from Eglinton Station.
Parking: There is a nearby GreenP with a daily max of $10.
Price of a coffee: Drip coffee: $2, Americano: $3.25, Latte: $3.25 (but a Cortado is $4.60, which seems weirdly expensive).
What kind of glass does a Cortado come in? A Cappuccino cup.