Zav Coffee Toronto

Zav Coffee Shop & Gallery

Zav Coffee Shop & Gallery is so named because it functions dually as a cafe as well as an exhibition space for local art. The cafe is also named for the owner’s son.

Owner Arya lives upstairs with partner Manya who painted the pieces on display during my visit and also home bakes treats for the cafe, using a small oven that sits right on the countertop. Take note, this spot is cash only.

Zav Coffee Toronto

The breathy, airy space has plenty of room and simple two-person tables where it’s easy to take a breather or get some work done, lots of outlets provided for extra juice and great plants and colourful rugs for good vibes.

Zav Coffee Toronto

A large table at the front provides one space for a group or to spread out while working, and comfy seats and a couch surround a low coffee table at the back that’s also good for hanging with multiple people.

Zav Coffee Toronto

They use Pilot for all their coffee, preferring their Academy and Heritage blends.

Zav Coffee Toronto

Bags of the beans are available for sale as well.

Zav Coffee Toronto

A latte ($3.75) is well balanced, the fruitiness and slight acidity of the Pilot beans blending well into the milky coffee.

Zav Coffee Toronto

In addition to doing their own iced americanos ($2.75), they also retail Pilot’s cold brew ($3.75) and Black River juices ($3).

Zav Coffee Toronto

Regular and gluten-free biscotti ($1.50) are available, baked by Manya. They always try to carry one gluten-free item, though I find the gluten-free biscotti becomes mushy a little quickly, but both taste great.

Zav Coffee Toronto

A black forest ham and swiss cheese sandwich ($5.50) is made using Celena’s baguette from the neighbourhood, perfectly crunchy and crispy on the outside and chewy and doughy on the inside. A cheddar and emmental for $4 fills you up on a budget.

Zav Coffee Toronto

A soy latte ($4.50) charges fifty cents extra for a milk substitute, but it’s served with charm in a glass that allows you to see the ripple effect of the coffee and milk mixing with just the right amount of ice.

Zav Coffee Toronto

Morning glory muffins ($2.50) are packed with carrot, raisin, and banana, and use olive oil for extra health and moisture.

Zav Coffee Toronto

Manya’s baking is simply inspired by caring for her son and wanting to know what her family is putting into their bodies.

Zav Coffee Toronto

Her banana bread ($3) is killer, the moist, cakey loaf served in thick slices.

zav coffee torontoThe space is fully accessible with gender-neutral washrooms, and their simple WiFi password is posted at cash. This clean, art-filled cafe is a reliable and tranquil spot to get some caffeine and clear your head.

Zav Coffee Toronto

Photos by

Jesse Milns


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