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Dark Horse Espresso Bar – Modern coffee loft

I discovered Dark Horse Espresso Bar for myself in 2011, when my friend invited me to brainstorm ideas about his future business plan at a coffee shop next to China Town. I was expecting to arrive to a tiny cafe with a self-serve setup. if you have been to Toronto China Town, you would see that there isn’t much space there. Instead, I found myself in a spacious modern loft with high ceilings, quirky decor and lots of exposed wood and bricks. The windows were huge and the coffee shop was filled with natural light.

The seating options impressed me even more. We could have chosen to sit at bar stools next to the window, or we could choose a comfy couch, a standard wooden table, or a cubicle with cozy chairs at the upper part of the loft. 

The coffee options are classic yet with a modern twist. For example, my favorite beverage is Red-Eye with a hint of red pepper. The baristas are friendly and helpful. They are always ready to customize any beverages. They have tasty snacks as well, which is very important to me. 

I find the Dark Horse a very nice place to get some writing done. This coffee shop is usually full of students and young professionals who are also working on their projects, so the atmosphere itself motivates me to be productive.

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Details about this spot



215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Fri 07:00 - 19:00, Sat - Sun 08:00 - 20:00


Hot beverage: C$ 4


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)