Tokyo Smoke is a cool west-end coffee shop and on Adelaide Street at Strachan, an easy walk a couple of blocks south of the more-frequented Queen Street and Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto. Although now, as of legalization on October 17, 2018, it seems to be more of a cannabis store than a coffee shop…!
I first noticed Tokyo Smoke on a bike ride to work, as Adelaide Street is a major route for cyclists into the downtown core, and kept reminding myself to check it out. It’s in a modified shipping container inside the loading dock of a former tobacco factory (believe it or not), retrofitted into an edgy yet welcoming space on a quiet residential street.
It’s a neat spot. Their coffee is good, and their front patio area is perfect for taking in some sun, away from the noise of the main drag. The small interior has a definite artsy, industrial vibe, with details such as exposed brick and pipes, concrete floors with painted chevrons and a screen projecting film clips. They sell various interesting knick-knacks for your home – and lots of cannabis-related paraphernalia.
Tokyo Smoke has been growing fast, and now has four other locations in the city: in Little Portugal at 874 College St, in Riverside on 100 Broadview Ave, on Queen West at 668 Queen St West, and in the Financial District at 111 Richmond St W. It also is beginning to open locations in Western Canada. It’s been great to see a Toronto business bud!