Dark Horse Espresso Bar (Chinatown)

by admin on January 2, 2010

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Located in the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown, just north of the Queen and Spadina intersection, the Dark Horse is conveniently situated for an after shopping or even after lunch coffee experience. Its modern decor and high ceilings along with its grey and dark red brick walls will mesmerize you while you sip on your flavorful espresso.

Huge glass windows provide natural light for the entirety of the day making conversation, reading your book or even working on your laptop easier on the eyes and a lot more enjoyable. One of the things that impressed me was the most were the unique sitting arrangements. Two large wooden tables embrace the counter on each side creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

The hardwood floors on both the lower and upper levels add a touch of finesse making the experience even more dazzling. Yes, there is an elevated level! A bit more secluded from the rest of the cafe, conveniently situated behind the counter, letting you keep an eye on how good coffee should be prepared. All the fascinating characteristics of the lower level such as hardwood floors, fashionable decor, brick walls and smaller sized wooden tables are also to be found in the upper level.

If a more private coffee experience is what you are after the upper level should do the trick. During my visit at the Dark Horse I enjoyed an espresso on the lower level while reading a book. It took a bit longer than I had expected to get my beverage but all was forgotten after the first sip. The aroma and flavour of my coffee were exquisite.

There was also a variety of delicious baked goods such as cookies, muffins and brownies and cookies. Unfortunately I could not try them all but the brownie that I did have left me free to imagine on how tasteful the rest of the treats were. Prices were overall reasonable with the single espresso costing $2. The only thing missing from this cafe was a patio for patrons to enjoy their coffee outdoors in the summer months. However, the lack of a patio in an admittedly fussy and crowded downtown location is quickly overcome by the great design. Overall the modern elegance of the interior design along with the superior tasting coffee make the Dark Horse a must visit destination for all coffee lovers.


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