Bellwoods Coffee and Gelato
Bellwoods Coffee and Gelato is exactly what it sounds like, a cafe that deals in gelato situated right across from the park.
They don’t make their own gelato or baked goods here, but source them from reliable local providers.
The space was previously home to Le Dolci, and the former classroom and production space with its exposed brick has been turned into a spacious 14-seat cafe area with a wooden bar, table, and front window ledge installed by owners Sasha Soeterik and Jeff Donaldson.
The former storefront is now where gelato is served.
Gelato starts at $4 for a teeny-but-substantial cup of one flavour, a 50 cent upcharge to any size gelato in a sugar cone.
A rich, golden vanilla is sourced from Punto Gelato, which provides other bold traditional flavours like black cherry and pistachio, and even a very fruity, naturally sweet, dog-friendly flavour that’s free of refined sugar and also safe for humans.
Death in Venice is responsible for more hip, modern flavours like strawberry Thai basil juniper.
Affogato ($7.50) translates to “drowned,” gelato with Barocco Forte espresso poured on top.
The most traditional pairing for this would be vanilla, but they’ll actually let you try it with any flavour of gelato here.
Rafaello and peanut butter flavours are the most successful unusual pairings, the coconut and nuttiness bringing out similar tastes in the strong coffee.
A “pistachio surprise” ($7.50) entails halving a crispy Rahier pistachio danish and topping it with earthy pistachio gelato. A bit of a creative upgrade to the typical gelato experience, textures and flavours set each other off nicely here.
Spinach and feta pastries ($4.50) from Saving Mondays provide a savoury option, buttery pastry creating exemplary lattice work, a nice balanced amount of creamy, salty filling inside.
The “world’s best brownie” ($4) is made by I Bake Cake using organic and fair trade ingredients including coconut sugar and oil, and it's incredibly dense and fudgy.
Lattes start at $3.50 and are all made with Barocco Forte, but for drip and cold brew there’s Propeller’s Turbo, plus Hale on the weekends.
Bags of beans from all roasteries are available for purchase.
The walls are covered in local art, and you can also get tart, pulpy homemade lemonade here.