Tokyo Smoke is a too-cool-for-school 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 since legalization on October 17, 2018, it’s increasingly 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, if not a bit pricey, and their front outdoor sitting area is perfect for soaking 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 knickknacks for your home – and lots of cannabis-related paraphernalia.
Tokyo Smoke has been growing fast, and now has several other locations throughout the city (in the Little Portugal, Riverside, Queen St West, and Financial District neighbourhoods). It’s been great to see a Toronto business “bud”!