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Agora Mediterranean Market Cafe

Posted by Staff / Posted on March 21, 2008

Agora Cafe in Toronto's Junction neighbourhoodAgora Cafe serves up fair-trade coffee, fresh sandwiches and baked goods, artwork on the walls and WIFI in the air.

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36 Comments

Anne / January 9, 2009 at 06:57 pm
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Great place, great food - all made fresh and on the premises - great staff and friendly customers. last time I was there, a couple of people offered to move tables just so me and my friends would have more room.
Mike / January 9, 2009 at 09:32 pm
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Great brunch there on Saturdays.
Jim / January 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm
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Had breakfast there this morning. It was really cozy in there. Coffee, as usual, was excellent. So was the friendly service and the food arrived quickly. Great value.
Olga / January 11, 2009 at 02:40 pm
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Went in there out of the freezing cold yesterday for a coffee but stayed for a delightful brunch. Warm ambiance for the freezing weather.
replying to a comment from Olga / January 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm
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Dropped in there this morning after reading Olga's comment. I was glad I did - they're the first open in this area selling decent coffee so I had a large mug of dark coffee and a fried egg on a bagel. Just perfect on a freezing cold Monday morning and a great way to start off the week.
Joe / January 13, 2009 at 04:23 pm
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Great Chai Latte - way better than any of the big names. They also sell coffees, teas and the Chai Latte for home/office use.
/ January 26, 2009 at 01:16 pm
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Great place. Was walking by and Saturday evening and dropped in. Had a great latte and cookies but was really impressed with the friendly staff. Only criticism - and it is a small one - it was pretty cold sitting near the front :(
John / February 12, 2009 at 11:57 pm
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Love the atmosphere. Good prices. Best coffee in Toronto. Soup and bread is homemade. Delicious!
Bill / June 19, 2009 at 01:51 pm
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I love this place and it keeps getting better in little steps at a time. Last week they added a diaper changing station downstairs near the washrooms. Also, they have improved their breakfast menu during the week.
Mike / August 14, 2009 at 11:22 am
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I agree with Bill. This could become a great Junction institution! It has real quality products at great prices with excellent homemade food. Unlike other places in the area, it is a genuine place with no great pretensions - just great products at great prices. Plus their support of art and artists is a lesson to others. The owner told me that they have some plans to improve the space which sound very positive. Also they have moved their wireless router so that reception is 5/5 throughout the cafe.
Anne / September 15, 2009 at 04:06 pm
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Agora stayed open late Friday through Sunday for the street festival. On Friday night, they had a great 2-piece band with drums and guitar. They were great and people stopped and listened to them on both sides of the street. They didn't seem to have a name but called themselves Project Macintosh when pressed. I couldn't get my kids to leave, they were having such fun. Well done, Agora.
Neill replying to a comment from Anne / September 15, 2009 at 04:20 pm
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Anne, I saw these guys on Saturday. I think there was a change in line-up and one of the customers joined in as well. They were great. There was also a story teller there. As usual, I had a great brunch freshly made and great coffee. I bought a 1/2 pound of the Junction Blend ground to my specification.
Citydweller / September 17, 2009 at 05:47 pm
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This place is so unpretentious that it doesn't belong in Toronto. The coffee is great, the food is great, the staff are great. Even when they were really, really busy during the Festival, they kept all the customers happy.
Ron / January 14, 2010 at 03:21 pm
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Dropped in there recently after being away for a while. It was very quiet when I went in mid afternoon, mid week, so much so that I thought they were closed. But, as always, the people working there (the owners?) were helpful and friendly. I had had a really great bowl of Mushroom Soup with brown bread, a mug of dark Ethiopian coffee and apple bake. It was more like a meal than a snack.
Martin / March 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm
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This place is a perfect example of the sort of business we want in the Junction. Their coffee is great.
JackL / May 26, 2010 at 05:56 pm
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Always a pleasure to visit. Great but flexible menu. The staff are pleasant. Now showing an interesting exhibition of photos as pasrt of Contact.
diana / September 29, 2010 at 11:24 pm
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Wonderful, warm place. Staff are just the friendliest, kindest folks you'd ever want to meet. Best lattes in town, food is delicious (highly recommend the ginger cookies), and prices are more than fair - especially for those who are watching their pennies.

Very relaxed atmosphere, great for folks just wanting to 'get away' for a moment of heaven. Never get that 'eat and leave quickly' feeling. Washrooms are spotless.

Only negative note - wish that their hours were longer!

John / December 14, 2010 at 12:07 am
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Dropped in recently while passing through the neighbourhood. I noticed quite a few small changes to the place - all for the better. The food and coffee is still great and the Internet access is free. I think this place is a gem compared to nearby Crema and a newly opened Starbucks. In my mind, Agora has better coffee than any one else in the area and at great prices as well.
Triona / May 8, 2011 at 06:57 pm
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Enjoyed Saturday brunch at Agora where they now offer table service. The food was great with a good selection to choose from and as a vegetarian, I was more than happy with the choices available.

Saw a copy of their new menu for a Full Afternoon Tea. It looked fantastic. They are only serving it on Saturday afternoons, but I will certainly be back to try it!
Jeff / August 26, 2011 at 01:25 am
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Great place! Have passed by often but only recently dropped in. Great coffee and baked goods. Food menu looks great as well. I really like the homlieness and relaxed attitude of this place. Layout could be improved especially towards the back. There was something going on with their wi-fi (Bell-related, I was told) but one of the owners came and explained what was happening when he saw me with my smartphone.
Jill / September 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm
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Food was exceptional considering how little I had to spend that day.I think the staff took pity on me and gave me bigger portions when they realized I was a poor student. The wi-fi was really solid and fast allowing me to get all my work completed.
Jane / October 2, 2011 at 03:07 pm
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Great place and way better than the "pretentious" places further along the street. Better coffee at better prices AND friendly staff. After having a coffee and cookie there, I bought a pound of their Junction Blend coffee for my mom and dad. They loved it so it will be a regular visit from me before trips home.
Alan / October 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm
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Still my favourite place in The Junction. Went in there on Saturday for brunch and it was pretty busy. The staff went over and beyond to accommodate me by shifting a few people and tables around.
Adam / October 31, 2011 at 02:41 pm
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Dropped in for brunch on Saturday and it was busy, busy. Staff went out of their way to keep everybody happy and up to date on their orders. There was a great warmth and ambiance to the whole place.
Adam replying to a comment from Jane / October 31, 2011 at 02:45 pm
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I agree about the other places. In The Junction, there are some crappy places and then the pretentious places and, in th emiddle, there is a great place like Agora (and Espresso Mi Vida).
miona / November 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm
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"Free-trade" coffee? ...although I'm pretty sure everyone read the intended meaning : )
I have yet to check it out (it's a leisurely 10 minute walk from my house), but I definitely will after reading such wonderful reviews - it might even become my favourite place for studying!
anne / December 12, 2011 at 01:11 am
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Saw on Facebook that they were open today (Sunday)! Woo-hoo! Didn't have to leave the area to get a decent brunch and also picked up some Christmas gift ideas :) They are also open next Sunday. I hope they keep this up in the New Year.
John replying to a comment from anne / December 19, 2011 at 01:41 am
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Open this Sunday as well and busy too! Even though it was pretty cold out, I noticed a few regulars in there. Some looked like they had settled in for the day.
D.K. / January 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm
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My favourite morning coffee/treat locale in the Junction and the friendliest staff.
John / January 4, 2012 at 05:42 pm
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Dropped in for lunch today and it was blissfully quiet and peaceful. Coffee and food was great as always.
john / March 18, 2012 at 11:06 am
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They had a St Patricks Day theme going on there yesterday. I had the Guinness Beef Stew from the Brunch menu - it was really well done, delicious and full of flavour.
Alex / October 3, 2012 at 12:17 am
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Dropped in there on Saturday morning last and it was packed. A couple of people were kind enough to move to allow my friends and I to grab a table. As on all my past visits, the food and drinks were great.
Sarah / December 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm
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These guys are doing an open mic session for local high school kids today on (some) Friday nights. The talent is pretty good and these kids are getting some real-life exposure. Kudos to the owners of Agora for allowing this.
Jeff / February 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm
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Great brunch there last Saturday.
Trasa replying to a comment from Sarah / February 10, 2013 at 07:48 pm
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The Open Mic is every second Friday night and the young teens love it. The talent is amazing and they all write and sing their own material. Next Open Mic this friday Feb. 15th.
CoffeeLover / April 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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I love the local vibe of this place. It may not be trendy, hipster Junction types but the food, coffees and teas and the wi-fi are great.

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