Open Hours: 7:30 am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 7:00pm Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00pm Sunday
The name De Farine Et D’Eau Fraiche translates to ‘Flour and Fresh Water’ and is an apt name for a lovely café located in the gay village of Montreal. The overall design is by studio Surface3 – including the branding, interior design, and custom furniture. Surface3 has synthesized a modern yet cozy vibe, by combining organic elements: distressed wood tables, with the logo tattooed on it’s surfaces, and hanging white gloss lathed table leg light fixtures. The use of general frieze molding as wall coverings continues the classic materials used in new ways.
Pastry chef Marilu Gunji is a queen of the aesthetics. All the cookies, cakes, pastries and candies are visually seductive. Everything is carefully displayed; the refrigerated cases with their vintage cake stands and on glass urns – with all the pretty pastries on coordinated doilies. The kitchen is open and visible to customers and adds to the impeccable feel.
The De Farine Et D’Eau Fraiche also serves crispy salads, savory soups and sandwiches. Most importantly, you can accompany your sweets with a good cup of coffee. Chef Marilu Gunji also creates just the cutest mini wedding cakes!
OPEN HOURS: 7:30 – 18:00 Mon – Fri 9:00 – 17:00 Sat – Sun
Bar far the best coffee we found in Toronto – happily complimented with amazing pastries and a perfect baklava. The croissants are perfect due to obvious top-notch baking skills combined with high-end (mostly organic) ingredients. A winning combination every time.
Delicious daily planed lunch menus round out a lovely location. These tasty lunches sell out early in the afternoon – so don’t dawdle!
Note that the the entrance is not obvious as you go through the lobby of an office building. Keep an eye out for the window display.
Cozumel 94A @ Sonora (at the corner of Alvaro Obregon) Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, 06140 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
OPEN HOURS: 9:00am – 8:00pm Everyday
Just around the bend from the Hotel Condesa DF, we found this perfect little coffee spot. The chic design features furniture by industrial designer Luis Mercado and the decorated with stenciled drawings of culinary equipment on chalk board. The pastries are delicious and are perfect to the french technique. The chef / owner Alain Dubernard is a teacher at the Culinary Institute of America; and it shows in his attention to detail.
OPEN HOURS: 8:00 am – 6:30pm Monday – Saturday – Covent Garden 7:30 am – 6:00pm Monday – Saturday – Borough Market
Monmouth Coffee. Speak those two words to any coffee-lover who knows London and a soft smile will appear on their lips; a knowing glow in their eyes. Like most things these days, the earlier memories are the most pungent. For me us it was the cool afternoons ambling through Covent Garden, when suddenly your entire world would be filled with the singular aroma of roasting coffee; and then you would be dragged along by the nose till you found the source and stepped inside Monmouth Coffee!
The 27 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden location first opened in 1978, where they used to roast the coffee in the basement (and thus leading to the corresponding scents drifting down the block). On the the mezzanine there are a few cramped wooden booths where you would crowd in with your caffeine craving brethren. Each of you tasting a roast from exotic locations: Yirgacheffe from Ethiopia, brews from the Colombian zona cafetera or organic beans from the Hawaiian islands – you can travel the world within your mug while snacking croissants and chocolates.
In 2007 the roasting plant was moved to larger facility in Bermondsey, and is now used to support both the Covent Garden spot and the larger location, opened in 2001, next to Borough Market. There there is a large communal table, where for a quite reasonable fee, you can comparte in baguettes with natural butters, jams and marrmate. It gets quite crowded on market days, but there are two counters: one for bagged beans and the other for service. A trick to getting a quicker cup is to buy a bag of beans – and they will serve you some to go at the same time 🙂
The design pulled us in, and the coffee had us coming back. We were pleasantly surprised by La Colombe (no relationship to Colombia, fyi). The Soho, New York location is excellent in its centrality, you are sure to be near it on any journey downtown, and it fills a major geographical coffee gap between the East & West Villages’ cafes. There are 2 other locations in New York city, 2 in Philadelphia and a representative in Chicago and Seoul, South Korea.
The Soho location, the only we have been to, is a bustling low-key affair with the chimes of clinking cups on saucers and the hum of conversation, pleasantly without any of the attitude that can invade other cafes serving premium coffees. All coffees are served in beautiful ceramic cups and that certainly helps the flavor. The Cappuccinos and Macchiatos are made with care and come out very smooth and creamy, with a nice balance of coffee to fat. They have a few pastries and savories to enjoy along with the liquid happiness. They also sell a “Cold Pressed” bottled coffee that looks quite serious and could be a go-to item come summer.
While the store is blissfully free of propaganda, it is good to know that La Colombe a is Fair Trade, organic certified, child saving do-gooder organization. The matching badges that can make you feel as justified as you need to are on display on their website. I believe that this type of activism is quite effective, and I appreciate it more then someone using their actions to sell product. Thumbs up to La Colombe for creating an effective, quality and well-rounded brand.