Stadt Cafe Toronto

Stadt Cafe

Stadt Cafe is an all-day hangout serving coffee, beer, wine and cocktails with a menu emphasizing German standards like pretzels and sausage made with local ingredients.

“Stadt” means city in German, the heritage of owner Tanya Schoen, who grew up eating some of the standards served here. The idea here is to connect city folk with their country suppliers, using sustainable, hormone-free, pasture-raised, free range, and non-GMO products wherever possible.

Stadt Toronto

There’s even a grassroots approach to the design here, Schoen herself taking the lead on most of it, even including eclectic art on the wall. The stencilled Stadt logo was done by a graphic designer friend.

Stadt Toronto

A German pretzel platter ($12) is a regular special, featuring a fresh baked Bavarian pretzel from Dimpflmeier. It comes with organic salami and speck, mustard, Emmental and Apenzeller cheeses, and a different compound butter each time: today’s is a flavourful caramelized onion and chive.

Stadt Toronto

A beer brat and slaw platter ($12) plays off currywurst, a traditional German street food, made here with Seed to Sausage one hundred percent pork beer bratwurst, served with a drizzling of house-made curry ketchup.

Stadt Toronto

A schnitzel plate ($20) coats a naturally raised pork cutlet in crunchy gluten-free breadcrumbs, served with three light house cured salads: cucumber slaw, braised cabbage, and a wonderful traditional Kartoffel potato salad.

Stadt Toronto

A Margarita Picante ($11) is made with Triple Sec, tequila, fresh lime juice, and smoked poblano, garnished with a fiery hot chili and lime wheel and rimmed with a good amount of salt.

Stadt Toronto

It’s no giant slushy margarita, but it’s appropriate to the setting and it’s nice that you can choose from a range of simple cocktails like mojitos and dark and stormy’s at this ethically conscious eatery, as well as caesars and mimosas to go with their brunch.

Stadt Toronto

Coffees like flat whites, cappuccinos and lattes ($4) are made with Pig Iron beans and Harmony milk, and of course there’s plenty of beer to wash down those salty pretzels from local craft brewers like Whitewater, Beau’s and Flying Monkeys.

Stadt Toronto

An open kitchen environment creates a dynamic backdrop for a cozy back area that would be dim if not for some lovely skylights, full of jungly plants and wood.

Stadt Toronto

Knowing your meal was sourced using 100km Foods and that organic avocado oil is used for dressings, non-GMO canola oil for frying, you can do good for yourself and the community around you by drinking beer and eating salami and pretzels.

Photos by

Jesse Milns

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