Café Princess is where you should be hanging out if you've ever been jealous of where rich kids take their afternoon tea in Korean television dramas.
What makes a café a princess café? Well, with the liberal use of pastel colours, delicate flowers, mini teddy bears and Victorian-era design touches, the decorations make the place look...cute, and slightly surreal.
Located on the second floor of a Yonge and Finch strip mall with a Noraebang (karaoke), PC Bong (internet café) and Korean restaurants, Café Princess is a quiet place where you can sit on fancy chairs and chat with your "courtiers" about the current state of the country for hours at a time. If you're looking for something less brain draining, but equally intense, board games are available to while away your time - if you fork over $2.50 of your princess change.
When the princess stomach started to rumble (mine, of course), there were a variety of hot and cold specialty drinks (~$2-$5), bubble tea ($4-$5), sandwiches (~$5-$9), bagels (~$4-$7), cakes ($5.98), fondue ($14.28), banana splits ($7.98) and ice cream waffles ($8.78) to satisfy my desires.
The drinks came quickly. Dunggule tea ($2.78), which apparently is made with the root of a special plant, was disappointing when it arrived in a tea bag and tasted like regular Japanese roasted green tea. The iced green tea latte ($4.98) was better - ice cold, smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness and green tea bitterness. It hit the spot.
Waffles with ice cream and fruit ($8.78), comes with a choice of two flavours, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, green tea or cookies and cream. The waffle was freshly made, although a bit on the dry side. The fruit was plentiful, with bananas, strawberries, kiwi, and weirdly, honeydew melon. The green tea ice cream was delicious, but I can't say the same about the cookies and cream. There were hardly any cookies, and it was overly sweet.
Food at Café Princess is a bit of a miss, but judging from the number of tables and couches, the convenient location must be big factor for the after-dinner crowd of young princes and princesses of North York.
Photos by Michelle See .