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Mylk Uncookies

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on March 18, 2011

Mylk UncookiesMylk Uncookies is the epitome of homey; freshly made sweet treats, family photos on the wall, and two women eager to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

"Yep, that's our family," co-owner Toni says of the nostalgic shots she and partner Elaine have blown up and displayed on the cafe walls. We get to talking only after the women have made sure I have a fresh Americano in front of me and something to nosh while we chat.

"That one is my mom in Italy," she says, pointing a summertime shot of a youthful girl. "That one," she says, motioning to the right, "is my dad and his army buddy. And the last one is Elaine's grandparents."

Mylk UncookiesThe old photos are part and parcel of the "modern take on nostalgia" that Toni and Elaine have tried to create for their Cabbagetown cafe. On Gerrard west of Parliament, Mylk Uncookies is pretty easy to spot, standing out from the browns and reds dominating this part of the city.

Mylk Uncookies"We found that espresso machine," Elaine says, motioning towards the retro-looking Victoria Arduiro on the counter. "And we just built from there."

The cafe is bright and airy and almost everything white, except for one wall painted a Tiffany blue. But, as Elaine tells me, the design of the space was not purely based on looks.

Mylk Uncookies"Everything here is earth-friendly," she says. "From our hand soap, to the low-VOC paint on the walls, to the high content recycled vinyl floors, and our organic coffee beans."

And if you couldn't tell from the name, Mylk Uncookies offers vegan treats that are naturally gluten-free, as well as coffee and tea drinks, such as its sweet tea latte ($3.32), made with Elaine's homemade almond milk.

I tried a Lucuma bite ($2), a moist and rich little macaroon that was deliciously chewy and flavourful. Toni's favourite is the Rawtella bite ($2), which "totally satisfies that craving to stick the spoon in the Nutella jar." Along with other vegan treats, such as the raw vegan uncheese cake ($3) and 'Carawmel' square ($3), Mylk Uncookies also has traditional cookies and brownies that it sources from two local bakers. "We just wanted to have something for everyone," Elaine says.

Mylk UncookiesThe cafe also offers free WiFi and plans to serve raw shakes as a cooldown in the summer. But the home-vibe clincher for me was the Scrabble box I spot among a few other games on a shelf. Toss in some fuzzy slippers and maybe and old Croce record, and I could certainly see myself getting comfortable.

Mylk UncookiesPhotos by Dennis Marciniak



Charles / March 19, 2011 at 08:59 am
All these positive things are true. In addition: the coffee is delicious! Try a latte with almond mylk.
Jules / March 19, 2011 at 09:33 am
Looks lovely. More vegan treats!
Laura / March 19, 2011 at 02:24 pm
Can't wait to try this new spot out, so great to see more small business in Cabbagetown! The nasty attitude I've experienced on multiple occasions at jetfuel has pushed me to the Starbucks across the street from it.My hopes are high for this new indie coffee joint as I would much rather support small business.
Michaelia / March 19, 2011 at 06:22 pm
Cutest little spot; the owners are super friendly and the expresso is phenomenal! Only drawback is the 6pm close time (5pm on Sundays). Otherwise worth checking out!
chris / March 19, 2011 at 06:56 pm
awww the name is so cute!

anti jet fuel? really?

belvedere / March 20, 2011 at 01:02 pm
the tude at jetfuel is nauseating. i'm happy we now have a local alternative to sb.
JDP / March 20, 2011 at 05:01 pm
I found Mylk right when it opened and it is lovely spot. Delicious tea lattes as well as the coffee and all of the treats are fantastic. The uncheesecake makes me so happy, it's a so light and fresh. You'd be hard pressed to find a more welcoming and cosy coffee place with such a yummy menu.
Jay / March 20, 2011 at 08:25 pm
Too clean for me )
Terri / March 20, 2011 at 09:28 pm
In my hood! Excited to try this out.
Ryan / March 21, 2011 at 12:23 am
Such a great, friendly, tasty addition to the neighbourhood! Welcome ladies!
Sophie / March 21, 2011 at 04:07 pm
Love this place. Great attitude, style, treats and best cappuccino in town.
Arby / March 23, 2011 at 11:35 am
Mylk Uncookies (an unwieldy name that suggests something perfect, namely 'Mylk' all on it's own) is awesome! Lucky locals! I was one, more or less, until recently. I had to get out of my bug infested apt at Woodfield & Gerrard pronto and landed in another dump, this time in the middle of 'somewhere' lifeless and with terrible TTC. And I'm already moving from that place (n/w of Bayview & Sheppard). That's my luck.

Toni and Elaine are wonderful ladies. They've certainly looked after me well. This is one of those rare indies that serves good 'drip', although it's not actually drip. It's french press poured into a thermal. I'm impressed with Social, a new outfit that is based in Richmond Hill. At least the Social served at Mylk is good. The tea is also fantastic. The wifi works fine. Some days the vibe is great, with strangers treating you like old friends. Which isn't to say you won't have those days when a stranger makes your visit... strange. Never mind. (Hint: Coffee shops are 'not' libraries. Nor are they parties. They work best when they are somewhere in between.)

Reportedly, The Victoria Arduino is a fine espresso machine, even if it is overly automated. If you don't come from coffee and want to be in coffee and need a machine, you can't do better than this. In any case, the proof is in the (eating of) the pudding and my espressos from this pretty machine are usually excellent. It's so rewarding to drink espresso that is not only properly made, and satisfying, but tasty!

Parliament & Gerrard! Who would have thought? But the little spot that the ladies grabbed just happens to work. You won't see the dinge that's not far away, although I'd much rather live on Parliament in this area than Forest Hill where I am now, at least for another few days.
Stuart / March 24, 2011 at 05:27 pm
This place is refreshing, light as a feather and truly serves the best coffee in town. No attitude. Yes delicious. The tea is amazing.
Marlene / March 27, 2011 at 06:04 pm
Very true the best almond mylk i have tasted, loves the treats son loves the chocolate milk beats any other place in town, keep up the great works ladies.
RM / March 27, 2011 at 07:20 pm
Tried a latte from Mylk Uncookies today. Didn't go inside, as I was holding the dog, so can only comment on the drink I had. It was delicious and had a nice kick to it. I honestly have no idea if it was almond milk (can someone confirm whether it's a 100% vegan place or if they do use regular milk as well?) or reglar milk, but it tasted great. I'll definitely revisit this place and bring my laptop one afternoon. Definitely a nice addition to our neighbourhood, and from what I have heard and read, the staff is much nicer than that of Jet Fuel. And I found my drink to taste better anyway, and it doesn't take much to have less attitude than Jet Fuel!
catherine Tammaro / April 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Fab space, great coffee and treats. Vegan too! LUV <3
Simone / April 12, 2011 at 09:14 am
Visited recently and loved it. I had a great latte, and a savory scone - both were delicious. The space is bright and airy, a great addition to the neighbourhood.
sophie / May 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm
i just had to tell you how excited i was that this is in canada! all the blogs that i read about gluten-free, vegan, and raw foods are all from the US and they never mention Canadian places to eat like this! sooo excited!
Steph / January 22, 2012 at 01:29 pm
Stopped by on a Sunday for a quick tea and cookie - I had a sweetie pie tea latte with almond mylk and a pb cookie (not gluten free) - both were delicious. Nice relaxing place to read a few chapters or chat with a friend. I'll definitely be back!!
Jennie / January 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm
This place is great and the coffee is so tasty. Best of all, I got to do some shopping at a little store on the opposite side of it.The store is called Kiden Thrifty Store and it is located in the basement at 246B Gerrard. (Check it out)It had great antiques and marvelous things and the prices are awesome.Their customer service was great too.I love Parliament and Gerrard and Cabbage town.
Heather / May 13, 2012 at 11:27 am
I love this place - one of the few cafes that really caters to different dietary requirements in this hood! The place is gorgeous, the products are great and the people are lovely. Plus it is super cosy when it's raining outside. What more could you want?
Adrienne / October 3, 2012 at 01:29 pm
As of yesterday these guys are closed. The notice is on their Facebook wall.

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