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Balzac's

#110 of 6,794 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood:
Downtown
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
Today
07:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
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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28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love coming into this Balzac's location. The interior is so rustic and beautiful, and the location in the Distillery District couldn't be better!

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Thank TravelnPictures
Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

enjoy a coffee there & marvel at your surroundings! one smells the coffee freshly brewing and drawing you in ... once there, you feel as though you are in the plantation's coffee processing hub ... feels good to get that clos to your coffee!

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Thank memelarooo
Toronto, Canada
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48 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place - definitely a people place. Drinks and light meals. A good place to finish off a visit to this area of town.

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Thank sharonwilkins
Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

No question they serve a good cup of coffee and it is nicely furnished, but the service does not measure up to those. Since this happened twice, I feel obligated to comment on the service. We stopped for coffee at 7:50 PM on a Thursday night. According to their sign, Balzac's was open until 9:30 PM. We got our coffee... More 

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Cornwall Ontario Canada
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119 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

I am a coffee lover and have tasted thousands of different types from everyone and I must admit that this is one of my favorite coffee roasters. Their coffee is always superb and the barista's are always professional, pleasant and knowledgeable. I had a latte this morning and all that I can say is that I'll have the same tomorrow.... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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104 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

It's a medium roast blend and if you are a coffee lover this place is great! Plus point they have butter raisin tarts!! This makes Balzac a truly Canadian hangout! They have upper floor as art gallery for viewing (and purchase). And bags of coffee beans and blends are avail if you wanna take some home.

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Thank MinaLim_KUL
Richmond, Virginia
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47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Terrific coffee in cool part of town! I highly recommend visiting the Distillery District. Cool shops.

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Thank AlroF
Pennington, New Jersey
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411 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

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.

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Thank KidLove
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 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 

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Seattle, Washington
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, Canadian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 20:00
Monday
07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 20:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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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Staying in Downtown

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Downtown
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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