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April 15, 2014

The Coffee Diaries - NYC


Four words that turn me off: "I don't drink coffee."

I've dated a few people who don't drink hot beverages. I've even dated someone who hates the smell of coffee. The smell! While it's not a real deal breaker (I'm not a modern day Jerry Seinfeld) it's not aligned with my lifestyle.  

Coffee isn't just about getting caffeinated. I spend hours sitting in cafes typing, writing and sipping. The first thing I do when I get to a new city is find a coffee shop; it's how I situate myself. I love sitting across from someone and connecting over conversation that doesn't involve getting spinach caught in my teeth. I think it's one of the few rituals that hasn't been ruined by technology, (minus taking photos of latte art).

I have my favourite cafe in Toronto, which changes regularly, but right now it's Early Bird on Queen West. This past weekend on my visit to New York, I found some new shops, and visited old favourites. Below is a list of some of my favourite NYC cafes. Enjoy!


Happy Bones - Happy Bones is a coffee shop in Little Italy located on Broome St. It's small, so you may not be able to grab a seat but it's worth the stop. They also source their coffee ethically to support farmers and the owners hail from New Zealand. The cute part? Tortoise shell spoons! (see main photo above). Shout out to Amanda P for the recommendation.


Toby's Estate Brooklyn - When living in Brooklyn that summer, Toby's just opened in Williamsburg and I spent all of my time sitting and staring out the large black paneled window, while pretending that this environment could make me write the next great something. Toby's also sources their coffee sustainably from farmers all over the world, and they offer private brewing classes for coffee enthusiasts. 


Dunwell Doughnuts - I'm not really a coffee and doughnut kind of woman, but this vegan doughnut shop is my favourite stop for a little guilt-free indulgence. With over 200 flavours, (I'm partial to peanut butter and jelly) this cafe is a sweet spot in East Williamsburg, and the best place to satisfy that doughnut craving you didn't even know you had. Their drip coffee is also 10 times better than anything you'd find in an actual doughnut shop. 

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