Shy Coffee Toronto

Shy Coffee Co.

Shy Coffee Co. has transformed the tailor shop that used to reside in this space into a cafe that’s no less serious about style.

Davido Afnani moved into the Wagamama space next door, and still adjoins Shy Coffee Co., the owners of the pair of businesses in fact husband and wife. Shy Coffee shares the same nickname as its owner, Shaista Ahmed.

Shy Coffee Toronto

The interior is no less personal than the name, oozing glam and replete with leather and woodwork. Personal touches like wooden figures, stained glass, a black sheep and a hedgehog are personally curated by Ahmed in a magpie-like fashion.

A glowing Victoria Arduino Espresso machine provides the main pop of colour in an otherwise relatively neutral scheme.

Shy Coffee Toronto

Croissants pay homage to the Delysees that used to be a stone’s throw from here, stocking their popular varieties like rich chocolate ($3.75) and pistachio ($4.95) topped with crumbly nuts and filled with sweet paste.

Shy Coffee Toronto

Mini donuts ($3.50) provided by Sweet Hart Kitchen are actually vegan, organic and gluten-free (and, yes, tasty).

Shy Coffee Toronto

Varieties might include caramel chocolate or powdered jelly donuts.

Shy Coffee Toronto

An abundance of scones ($3) come from the ubiquitous Circles and Squares, in kinds like blueberry, white cheddar, chive and even orange chocolate.

Shy Coffee Toronto

More savoury meal-type options are provided by Foodbenders, with choices like breakfast muffins and wraps.

Shy Coffee Toronto

Beans are provided by local powerhouse roaster Barocco.

Shy Coffee Toronto

Showcased in a cortado ($3.75), their coffee has a sharp edge and richness but has a reliably balanced and mellow finish.

Shy Coffee Toronto

There should usually be a dark and light option for beans when it comes to both espresso and drip, and they’re hoping to always have a rotating blend on offer showcasing other great local roasters, like de Mello Palheta.

Shy Coffee Toronto

Single harvest organic matcha for tea lattes ($4) comes from Serenitea, Barocco’s tea brand, and results in an intensely grassy flavour.

They’re hoping to host events here like a classy take on speed dating, and it’s easy to picture a poetry reading or the like taking place in the cozy 20-seat cafe.

Shy Coffee Toronto

There are a ton of outlets around to get those whimsical poems written as well, some areas even gloriously saturated with an outlet per seat. Brand new floor-to-ceiling windows front the cafe, and custom tables were created by matching metal bases to marble tops.

The tailor on the other side of Shy Coffee is actually under the same couple’s ownership as well. 

Shy Coffee Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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