It is a jungle of coffee shops in Toronto. They are everywhere!
All kinds: chains, independents, tea houses, espresso bars, Italian, Tibetan, Latin cafes, fair trade, doughnut shops, yet only one (1) soda fountain malt shop: The Bean and Baker.
Back in the early 2000’s, there used to be another ’50s inspired soda fountain shop in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood, however, it was ungracefully torn down as a condo took its place. Thus a vacuum was left to those of us who enjoyed authentic soda jerks, ice cream floats and milkshakes served in a fun, retro-era inspired cafe. Until now.
With more than 20 years experience, owners Liezel and Brennan, are not only husband and wife, they also share a welcoming character and an attention to detail which becomes obvious when you walk in the door. Down to their Soda Jerk hats and bow ties. Great touch, by the way.
They do serve desserts, pastries and pies, although admittedly, their beverages are the stars of the show, although it is good knowing if you do come on an empty stomach, there is no way you will be leaving hungry.
The cafe is small, adding to the retro vibe, however if you find yourself without a seat, there is a great park across the street which I have used as my personal bench many a time in the past.
If you are in the neighbourhood, The Bean and Baker is definitely a refreshing stop.
Remember their motto: “Everyone’s a kid at the Soda Shop!”