toronto cafes

Do you have to buy something to sit at a Toronto cafe?

Toronto's various independent cafes not only fill us with caffeine, but they also provide us with ample space to work, socialize and unwind. But how long can you linger at a table with a single Americano or cup of water?

That's a question Ryan Ringer posed on Facebook a few weeks back. He co-owns the relatively new Bloordale cafe and cocktail bar Grey Tiger along with Becky Ip.

Both Ringer and Ip say they became frustrated when patrons would sit in their establishment without buying anything. So they began gently prompting people to make a purchase, be it a coffee or a vegan cookie.

This has led to mixed results, says Ringer. "Nobody likes being confronted about having done something wrong." While many were understanding, others were not.

"I don't think it's fair for business owners to live in fear," says Ringer. And, he notes that he and Ip want to be accommodating to everyone, but at the end of the day, they are running a business.

"Whether it's a cafe, restaurant, bar or what have you.. if you want to go and hang out there and enjoy the space with your friends or alone, you should contribute in some way other than just having your presence there."

What do you think of cafe etiquette? Let us know in the comments.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Eat & Drink

Tim Hortons is ditching Beyond Meat in all but two provinces

Popular Toronto restaurant evacuated after fire breaks out during lunch service

One of Toronto's most popular brunch spots is closing

15 high profile restaurants that closed in Toronto this summer

Toronto is about to get its first vegan cheese store

Tim Hortons smile cookies are hilariously messed up again this year

This Week on DineSafe: Babu, Second Cup, Mabel's, Hooked, Swiss Chalet, Wendy's, Cora

Popular sandwich joint in Toronto just closed