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Angel's Cafe

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on April 21, 2011

Angels Cafe TorontoAngel's Cafe is a little family-run coffee shop in the heart of the Junction Triangle. Angel works as a programmer by day and Matilda is a paralegal. The couple runs the small coffee shop, which is attached to the home they share with their two kids, after they come home from work and keep it open until 10 p.m. I was tired just listening to Matilda describe her day, but she seemed happy and committed to keeping the community hub going.

"When you don't have family here, you have to look to your community. That's why this is so important."

Angels Cafe TorontoMatilda and Angel came to Canada from Ecuador 14 years ago and began living in the area around Wallace and Symington. They moved into their present home/coffee shop after the previous owner decided to give it up (she also ran a café out of the space), and opened up Angel's Cafe in July 2010.

Angels Cafe Toronto"That summer was very good," Matilda tells me as we settle in at one of the cafe's three tables. "Things have sort have gone down in winter, but they say that happens in business."

Angels Cafe TorontoThe couple had no previous experience running a cafe before opening Angel's. Matilda says she asked friends and other business owners for recommendations for coffee, pastries, and other baked goods. "We used to use Open Window," she says. "It was so sad when they closed."

Angels Cafe TorontoNow, Angel's offers a mix of items made by Matilda and Angel, such as the croissants ($1) and porchetta sandwich ($9.99, only served on weekends), as well as other menu options including its empanadas ($3) and alfajores ($2.25), which are made by other people in Toronto.

"I look for people who know how to make these things but don't have a place to sell them," Matilda says.

Angels Cafe TorontoI try an alfajor, which is sort of like a shortbread cookie but flakier with a caramel filling. It's not what I expect; the caramel is sort of infused into the pastry rather than oozing out of the centre and it's a lot more dense than it looks. It's delicious, still, and just mildly sweet, perfectly paired with a fresh Americano ($1.80).

Angels Cafe TorontoAngel's Cafe plays monthly host to a local Stitch n' Bitch, and plans to make WiFi available sometime in the coming months. As well, Matilda's summer plans include getting a slushie machine up and running, as well as having soft serve ice cream ready "for the kids." It sounds like Angel's is well on its way to being that "community hub" Matilda's hoping for.

Photos by Dennis Marciniak

Discussion

18 Comments

JS / April 22, 2011 at 10:46 am
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I've never been to Angel's, but since Yasi's is now closed and I often crave Americano's throughout the day, I look forward to checking them out.
Vic / April 22, 2011 at 02:01 pm
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This place is a great addition to the 'hood. Matilde and Angel are extremely friendly, and this place is definitely turning into a community hub. People go there for meetings, stitch'n'bitch, etc... And it seems that most of the time that I go there, I bump into friends. Love it.

Oh...and I love the coffee and sandwiches too :) Can't wait for the ice cream.
Sonya / April 24, 2011 at 01:20 am
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I love this place I go with my son on Sunday for breakfast Fresh garlic bread, Isac enjoy the porcheta sandwiches too, and I can not leave the place without an Alfajora so deliciousssssssss.
Paula / April 26, 2011 at 11:02 am
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Sandwiches are good, excellent coffee, owner is friendly, and atmosphere is great
Reanna / April 26, 2011 at 11:03 am
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Angel’s café is worth a visit and one of my favourite coffee shops
Reanna / April 26, 2011 at 11:06 am
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Angel’s café is worth a visit and one of my favourite coffee shops
Kiran / April 26, 2011 at 11:15 am
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Just go! All I have to say is, wow! Excellent coffee with tamales. Their planes for summer sound so good.
Tina / April 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm
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It is definitely by itself and great addition to our neighbourhood.
Shola / April 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm
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This place has great breakfast, baked goods, empanadas and tamales
Meera / April 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm
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Fresh and tasty empanadas, great coffee
Tuffy / April 27, 2011 at 10:51 am
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The place is great. I haven't been for breakfast yet but, Look's like I will definitely go now!!
VoxClara / May 6, 2011 at 05:02 pm
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I have been to Angel's and thought it wonderful! Very happy, pleasant people. Went to the Stitch & Bitch once or twice too! Both are highly recommended!
Paul / May 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm
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This place is the best ever. The food is soo good and fresh and the service is amazing.
I highly recommend Angel's Cafe.

Robert / May 10, 2011 at 05:02 pm
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Great people, great food...what else do you need? I go there for coffee almost every day and get together with friends there once a week for a break. I had the breakfast once and found it filling, but not overpowering. Haven't tried the empanadas and tamales yet...but I'm working on it :-)

Highly recommended
Bron / May 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm
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I visited Angel’s café and I love their breakfast. The service was wonderful
Maed / May 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm
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Angel's is a great place to spend with a coffee and the newspaper
Gina / May 12, 2011 at 11:23 pm
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I went to Angel's cafe for an afternoon americano, everything there was so good that I finished eating a tamal, the owners are so friendly. I realy love this place.
ramanan / November 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm
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To echo what everyone else has been saying: this place is great. Get the empanadas.

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