Thank U Coffee
Thank U Coffee is a sidestreet gem of a coffee shop serving up brews with Korean-inspired flavours and homebaked treats. Surprisingly large on the inside, this cozy retreat for students is more than the pitstop it seems.
Plenty of seating makes this a popular spot for meet-ups and work sessions, especially on weekends, when groups of students take advantage of the large tables and outlets for language exchange sessions.
The cafe definitely feels like stepping into some version of owners Brian Kim's and Jenny Jung's home, especially with the massive flower murals and chairs brought over from Mexico, supplied by Kim's mom.
The couple says they wanted to create a cafe where "Korean meets Canadian," with a menu of specialty drinks. Using coffee from Propeller, the cafe's signature drink is its eponymous Thank U Coffee ($4.80), a mix of espresso and Earl Grey syrup.
The Hawaiian Latte ($5) is a citrusy drink that smells like a Terry's Chocolate Orange, and tastes like one too with some sweet fermented orange on top.
The standout drink is definitely the Sweet Potato Latte ($5.35), which feels like a warm, healthy hug on a cold night.
Made with a blend of Korean yams, milk, and honey, this drink is satisfies in ways that — yes, I'll say it — a pumpkin spiced latte could never.
A strawberry latte ($5.85) is a festive-looking, whipped cream-topped concoction with a milky mix of real strawberries and strawberry puree at the bottom. It's an extra 25 cents to get it iced.
As far as food goes, paninis are the main fare here, but the real attraction should be Jenny's homemade baked goods, which are displayed in a case by the cashier.
Delicately-made Japanese rolls cakes are $5.50 each and come in an original milk favour or matcha.
Given the surprising shortage of indie coffee shops between Bloor and Wellesley, Thank U Coffee makes an easy Yonge Street stopover when you're trying to get a homey caffeine fix.