jimmys 100 toronto

Jimmy's 100

Jimmy’s 100 is a large multi-level location of the local cafe chain with a front and back patio, facing the original miniscule Jimmy’s Coffee.

It’s part of a redevelopment of old row houses that includes other businesses like Chubby’s Jamaican.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

Upon first entering, there are typical hallmarks of the owner-designed cafe like exposed brick and tin ceilings.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

Upstairs, there’s lots more space with a table made out of the first original Jimmy’s espresso machine.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

Back when this was a home, a Jimmy’s barista (now manager) actually resided in the room that’s now a rentable boardroom with a historic print of Bay Street from the Toronto Archives.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

This upstairs area also features a record player from the sixties sunk into a vintage speaker cabinet. The initial records in the cabinet are a barista’s, but watch out for evening programming (this location is open until 10 p.m.) when you can bring in your own vinyl.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

This is the first and only Jimmy’s to do nitro cold brew ($4.50 for 12 ounces), made using a blend of the house medium roast Dean and dark Hendrix. It’s a little nutty and rich but still bright with a smooth texture thanks to the nitro infusion.

Jimmys 100 TorontoThis means they’re also the only Jimmy’s to offer a nitro cold brew float ($6.50 for a 12-ouncer) made with a simple scoop of French vanilla. The ice cream melts quickly into the coffee and creates a thick foamy layer, but this simple combo is a winner no matter what.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

Cappuccinos and other espresso-based staples all start at $3.75, made with Jimmy’s standby Hoffa beans, which create coffees that are just a little sweet and caramelly.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

A seasonal Purple Haze ($4) capitalizes on the pretty hue of butterfly pea flower in an iced herbal tea sweetened with a little lemongrass, the colour enlivened further by a lemon wedge that also accents the grassy tea with citrus.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

This location stocks tarts ($4.50) from nearby Delysees, a salted caramel popcorn and lemon mango meringue both with crumbly bases.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

Chocolate filling is dense and indulgent, a base of mango under the lemon filling fresh and tart, the meringue super pillowy and soft.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

As always, this Jimmy’s has a healthy retail selection of mugs ($14), thermoses ($20), hats ($15) and way more apparel and coffee equipment.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

Both locations are still operating (with slightly differing hours) because although the old location across the street has become congested due to popularity over time, it’s still passionately beloved by regulars.

Jimmys 100 Toronto

Photos by

Jesse Milns


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