What makes a great coffee shop? The answer likely includes the coffee, but possibly the seating, the nature of regular customers, and the overall vibe. In Toronto’s east end, Dineen Outpost is a real standout for all those things, and also its beauty.
In fact, one of the few latte lounges even in the same aesthetic league is the original Dineen on Yonge St. at Temperance. I actually prefer this Gerrard location, because I can usually get a seat, and enjoy a moderately-voiced conversation. This is less possible at their downtown location.
I also love the high ceilings and front room with large windows that face south and east. The airiness of the room feels a bit “Paris in springtime.” I also like the bank of leather-cushioned seats that surround many marble-topped tables easily manoeuvred for various group configurations.
Dineen Outpost offers a fine selection of sweet and savoury baked goods, and draft beer is served after 11am. Yes… this is way more than a good place for java, it’s extremely “pretty” good.
What’s Spot On:
• East-facing patio in warmer months is well positioned for good morning sun.
• Dineen Outpost sits amid a tight strip of shops, bars and restaurants that jointly represent a hipster haven. So, after you caffeine up, taste the good eats at Chula Mexican Taberna, down a cocktail at Poor Romeo and Pinkerton’s Snack bar, trim your beard at Little London Barbershop, and confess your love of barroom intrigue at the Vatican Gift Shop.