Run and Gun Coffee
Run and Gun Coffee is from first-time coffee shop owners with arts backgrounds. The name stems from their love of basketball, in which run and gun is a style of play that also seems like an apt metaphor for grabbing a quick coffee.
With a large atmospheric area to play around with that includes high ceilings, bleacher seating, and even a little extra empty space downstairs, this place can be about much more than just snagging joe on the way to work, though. A giant blank wall serves as the perfect backdrop for screenings.
Coffee here is provided by standby de Mello Palheta, and you can purchase bags of their beans here, too.
We grab a lovely latte for $4 in a cute geometric mug. The foam is nice and thick on top and the milk is pleasantly fatty, balancing well with the even flavour of the de Mello coffee.
They also do chai and matcha lattes here, as well as London Fogs (all $4.50). They use high quality matcha, and other than that, tea from local Herbal Infusions.
Baked goods and pastries are provided by Baked by Drake (as in the hotel), like these mint chocolate, lemon poppy seed and chamomile macarons.
There are also a range of croissants, muffins and scones made by Baked by Drake, as well as their popular chocolate chip and oatmeal coconut cookies.
Stop and look at the bar while you’re there: it may seem ordinary, but it was actually foraged from the Tower Automotive Building.
There’s a cool mug chandelier at the front designed by one of the owners, and they created the inventive wall painting near the front of the cafe as well.
There’s a good range of spaces in here, from a large table good for laptops, to smaller well-lit chatty tables near the front, to the bleachers complete with pillows perfect for solo snuggling up.