Miss Pippa’s is a combination cafe, bar, flower shop and boutique that’s open all day.
It’s named after the old doggie belonging to the sweet couple that runs this place. Anton Levin does flower arrangements and mixes drinks, and Adam Moco decorates the eccentric space with his photographs.
Formerly home to a hair studio, the lower part of this space furnished with antiques is a cafe bar area with table service.
A slightly elevated area is home to artisanal products, flowers and plants, and the cash where orders are placed.
Levin is also responsible for spicy, snappy pickled green beans and strong dill-forward pickles ($5).
A summer salad ($13) is one of two salad options served with bread, the other a simple tomato salad ($8). It’s an eclectic heap of mixed greens, tomato, red onion, corn, cucumber, corn, celery, strawberry, unpitted olives, basil and the star of the show: creamy, flavourful feta.
Though it might not seem like it at first, the combination of crunchy, fatty, sweet and salty raw ingredients harmonizes in a satisfying and healthy-feeling way that still goes great with a glass of wine.
A port and tonic ($14) is a traditional Portuguese refresher made with white port, tonic and lots of lemon to balance out the sweetness of the booze.
Sangria ($12) is a little more middle of the road, available in a red variety or a white made with white wine, white port, lemonade, orange and lots of berries.
Expect to find gift items like a capsule collection of earrings ($45) from local Toronto fashion designer Andrew Coimbra.
Cavallini & Co. makes totes ($22) out of 100 per cent cotton printed with vintage designs.
The highlight of the bar area is a cluster of jars of imported Swedish gummies sold by weight, and there are also bags of vegan and gluten-free Swedish candies for $5.
Thanks to Levin, this is a plant wonderland, with options ranging from smaller potted plants to flowers sold individually, to succulents in huge artsy vases, most ranging in price from around $5 to $15.
A smaller polka dot plant in a clay pot might go for $7, a larger one selling for around $12.
Roses are just $6 apiece, so no more excuses for not coming home with flowers.