A hidden Gem. Truly a Toronto treasure with well over 24 years servicing urban explorers, hungry locals and java starved citizens. I have personally been a client for over 19 years and this place never loses its charm.
Brick walls and dark wooden accents make this café a great locale and as a bonus, it is within a 3 minute walk south from Yonge and Bloor. Toronto’s unofficial ‘central’ subway transfer intersection and a hub for visitors who dare venture away from the beaten path.
The menu includes pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads but you come for the vibe. Personally, I enjoy their Penne Arrabiata (Lunch $ 12.95 – Dinner $ 15.95) which at dinner time makes it the most expensive main course.
Once the sun goes down, 7 West morphs due to its candle lit decor into a popular, romantic yet casual spot among those who are in the know. Thanks to varied specialty coffees, teas, small but inviting wine list and eclectic music you are bound to have an enjoyable time here.
Of course, part of the flexibility of this 4 story café is that it’s open 24 hours a day. Always. Even on Christmas. Just remember, each floor differs in vibe, the first floor being the most quiet and the third the most active and opening only at night.
I have spent many a late night studying, working or simply meeting friends here as it is an oasis for night owls, late travelers or those rare individuals who have found a way to beat the need for sleep.