Agenda is a spacious cafe in the heart of Little Italy that brews all the standard offerings of your neighbourhood coffee shop, plus a food counter for quick eats.
Located at the front of the CHIN building – a stronghold of the local Italian community – the cafe brings a sense of rejuvenation to a space frequented mostly by the elderly.
Co-owners Angela Brock and Ian Cameron are the same folks behind Bloorcourt's Field Trip Cafe.
The duo's penchant for vintage school-themed decor and Wes Anderson-inspired palettes comes through once again in the varnished wood furniture and baby blue walls of their second space.
There's a selection of plants sprucing up the corners and walls of the cafe. A handmade table with a built-in planter and lots of foliage serves as the centre piece where people can work without having to make direct eye contact with the person across from them. One big plus of this cafe is that the music plays from vintage Bose speakers, meaning your study soundtrack won't ever be ruined by the scratchy audio from blown out speakers.
If you're hungry, the food counter offers an assortment of sandwiches and salad bowls from Food Benders ($7.45), plus a daily vegan house soup ($6 for a large) like spicy Moroccan chickpea soup.
Your order also comes with a side of Kettle chips or slaw with apples, shredded carrots and some vinegar.
Local company Loop offers cold-pressed juices ($8) made from fruits that are usually deemed unusable (a.k.a has one too many bruises) by other big box brands.
They've also got a big selection of baked goods made in house like scones ($3.15) and vegan chocolate zucchini muffins ($2.75).
The cruffin ($4), which is muffin-shaped but texturally croissant-like, is an interesting creation which comes with spinach and feta or almonds.
Despite its floor-to-ceiling windows and open back entrance to the CHI building, the vibe in Agenda has less of a transient feel than expected, proving itself to be a viable spot for studying and some needed caffeine.