Lion Coffee Toronto

Lion Coffee

Lion Coffee is serving de Mello Palheta coffee and Chocolat de Kat out of a coffee pocket.

The place is operated by former de Mello barista Hazel Laquindanum, who wants to open specialty cafes that function as community spaces, and Kata Ambrus, who had been searching for a space to manufacture her chocolate.

Lion Coffee Toronto

Formerly home to a dispensary, the minimalist space has few seats to spare, but the design that the women and Four Walls Interiors collaborated on has a fresh, warm, bright and modern feel with lots of white, gold and wood.

Lion Coffee TorontoA box of nine artisanal, handmade chocolates goes for $24, one for $2.75.

Lion Coffee Toronto

They come in thoughtful and tantalizing flavours like wild strawberry, hazelnut praline, passion fruit, and blackcurrant.

Lion Coffee Toronto

There’s even a yuzu caramel flavour inspired by Yayoi Kusama, and the popping citrus works really well with cloying caramel.

Lion Coffee Toronto

The artfully splattered chocolates are actually created backwards, the splashes of colour the first thing to go into the molds, which is how Ambrus is able to achieve their sheen.

Lion Coffee Toronto

However, she always makes sure that her intelligent flavour combinations taste great first and foremost.

Lion Coffee Toronto

A cappuccino ($3.75) is made with de Mello’s Dancing Goats, the go-to for most drinks.

Lion Coffee Toronto

It’s as smooth and tasty as I’ve come to expect, and the latte art easily matches the beauty of the chocolates thanks to years of practice.

Lion Coffee Toronto

A unique “Giver” option here allows you pay it forward to the next customer (minimum $2). Apparently on one of their first days open a friend dropped $80 and they were giving away free drinks for hours, so you might just get a chance at a coffee gratis if you decide to stop in here.

Lion Coffee Toronto

A matcha latte ($4.75) is creamy, silky, and full of grassy green tea flavour, teas provided by Genuine Tea.

Lion Coffee Toronto

Teas are $2.75 are you can get anything iced for 50 cents, so an iced organic elderberry hibiscus herbal tea is $3.25. A touch bitter, but feels far more healthful than your average sugar-packed iced tea, floral and full of berry flavour with a hint of lemon.

Lion Coffee Toronto

Gluten-free vegan breakfast ($3), birthday and chocolate chip cookies ($2.75) are produced in house by Ambrus in addition to the chocolates.

Lion Coffee Toronto

Cheddar and almond croissants are provided by local legend Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, brought in raw and baked here.

Lion Coffee Toronto

There’s not a great deal of space to spread out here but there is free WiFi, and check in periodically for a potentially wacky seasonal creation—pina colada latte, anyone?

Lion Coffee Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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