Tim Hortons innovation cafe

Tim Hortons Innovation Cafe

Tim Hortons Innovation Cafe at 130 King West in the Exchange Tower is what the company is calling their first-ever upscale cafe, which basically means a third-wave-style Tim Hortons. 

Think nitro-infused peach mango iced tea, “draft lattes,” deconstructed iced capps, cold brew, lobster bisque and maple bacon donuts, plus seven different brewing methods and milk alternatives.

tim hortons innovation cafeWith a capacity of about 140, the interior is lush with hockey-inspired detailing like light fixtures inspired by face masks, bathroom tiles that mimic hockey socks, net-like forms above the draft bar and a texture fronting the cash that references holes in a jersey.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

The bar and a communal high table are equipped with wireless charging stations.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

12 handcrafted varieties of “Dream Donuts” are $1.99 apiece in comparison to the cafe’s usual 89-cent mark, but come with toppings and fillings you won’t find at an average Tim Hortons like Froot Loops, bacon, hazelnuts and dulce de leche.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

And yes, there are “Dream Timbits” (49 cents).

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

You can even get Dream Donut Towers ($24.99) of 11 varieties as cake alternative for celebrations.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

I’m especially partial to a PB&J variety filled with jelly that really feels like a sandwich with crunchy peanut butter.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

Sandwiches on local bread take it up a notch too, with options like a Montreal Reuben or Italian muffuletta.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

A Tuscan Caprese ($6.49) comes on a focaccia-like “Tuscan-style bun” with arugula, tomato, fresh mozzarella, pesto and garlic aioli for a fresh and meat-free option.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

The Honduras Trifinio Latte starts at $2.99 for a small size, one of the signature beverages at this location made with a single origin medium roast with light cocoa notes and a toasty body.

New single origin coffees will pop up on the menu here seasonally.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

Matcha lattes start at $3.09 and aren’t exactly at the level of a Japanese tea ceremony, but they do the trick, being both creamy and sweet. London Fogs and chai lattes are priced the same.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

Matcha lattes also come iced for the same price, built so that the milk and tea can be combined slowly to preference.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

Get an iced capp starting at $2.69 that’s also built rather than blended, the milk and espresso poured over ice.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

Handcrafted lemonades start at $2.09 and come in strawberry and blueberry lavender flavours, the latter sweet without being overly floral.

tim hortons innovation cafePour over for two is brewed in a large Chemex, and takes a little bit more time to prepare (a few minutes) but brings out more flavour and richness in the coffee.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

Tims Draft Lattes start at $2.79, a nitro-infused combination of cold brew and milk that’s almost chuggable, smooth without being sugary.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

There are also plenty of outlets and USB ports throughout the cafe.

Tim Hortons innovation cafe

Photos by

Fareen Karim


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