Jimmy's Coffee (Gerrard St.)
Jimmy's Coffee has opened another little coffee house, dwarfed by the giant towers and buildings surrounding Gerrard and Yonge. This is becoming something of a signature for Jimmy's Coffee, to have a cozy joint plunked down on a street that's lacking in such places , making a neighbourhood of a non-neighbourhood (note: they didn't need to do this at their Kensington location ).
They've transformed the whole house, all three floors, into a relaxing environment for doing work, conversing and slipping on caffeinated brew. The main level of the house is the barista center, with the Simonelli humming and making Jimmy's great espresso-based drinks- the Americanos, cappuccinos, lattes that we've come to expect. The chatty and enthusiastic barista made me up an Americano ($2.75) and encouraged me to explore the new digs.
The second floor is lovely, a wide Persian rug sits under one of two communal harvest tables, with several deuce tables and green ostrich leather banquettes providing plenty of space. The walls are painted pistachio and wine, and have bookshelves ready for objects, and the pictures of famous Jimmy's ready to be hung. The third floor, all glass and hardwood, is available for corporate bookings, meetings and other events, and Jimmy's will cater it all.
Before you head upstairs grab your coffee and a snack. Pastries and baked goods sit under glass, like the bacon cheddar or butter croissants ($3.00, $2.50 respectively), Lemon Poppy seed, bacon cheddar, or espresso chocolate chip scones ($2.75), or make it a meal and get the sausage, egg and cheese hoagie ($4). There is a cooler of yogurt, juice, Boylan's soda and San Pellegrino for those on the go.
Outside you can sit on a nice long bench in the afternoon sun, and I have a feeling more chairs and spots to rest will pepper their courtyard, and it seems like the barista might be able to serve you right out of the overlooking window. He was shouting, "Welcome!" and "Hello!" out to passers-by the day I visited, it was quite charming, and left a great impression.
Photos by Jesse Milns