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Balzac's Coffee Roastery

55 Mill Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4


A coffee shop with roots in Stratford, Ontario brings its charm to downtown.

Category: Restaurants


Cuisine Type | Coffee Shop, Desserts
Ambiance | Quiet Conversation, Sidewalk Cafe
Meals Served | Light Meals/Snacks
Amenities | Catering, Coffeehouses & Desserts
Pricing | Less than $20
Payment | Interac, Visa


Neighbourhood | Downtown
Getting There | Parliament bus
Cross Street | Parliament and Front


Mon-Sat 7AM -8PM, Sun 8AM- 7PM

Profile Last Updated: January 12, 2009

Philosophically Brewed
Named for the greatest coffee lover in history – French writer Honoré de Balzac – coffee beans from around the world are roasted at this Distillery District location, spun off from the original Balzac’s in Stratford, Ontario. Arabica, organic and fair trade brews are available to enjoy on the spot, or to take home. The available flavours are mild or robust, smooth or brisk, light and lively or dark and full.

Blended Perfection
Signature blends from Balzac’s include their signature bold coffee, a medium light roast with subtle sweetness and gentle finish and a farmer’s blend whose country flavour and clean acidity recalls its Perth County origins. The triple tier blend is a medium dark roast with a lingering finish and hint of smokiness. The dark roast espresso is ideal for after meals and there’s a decaf version as well. Guatemalan, Ethiopian, Kenyan, Costa Rican, Swiss and Colombian brews are also available, along with the more exotically named Celebes Kalossi, Sumatra Mendheling and the Kauai Fancy light-medium roast from Hawaii’s garden island. Baguette sandwiches and desserts are available to accompany your coffee if you want.

Heritage Setting
Balzac’s is located in a space that once served as a pump house for 40 buildings in the Distillery District area. The neighbourhood was home to the Gooderham and Worts distillery from the mid-1800s through the late-1980s. A revitalization of the heritage buildings was completed in 2003, and Balzac’s has taken its place as the main java source for the artistic and cultural professionals who work in the Distillery District, along with visitors to the cobblestone-paved pedestrian mall.