Tucked away from Toronto’s busy main streets, Jimmy’s Coffee at Portland and Adelaide is the type of cafe you visit when you want to disappear from the world. Inconspicuous and definitely not mainstream, Jimmy’s provides a tranquil atmosphere for coffee drinkers looking to avoid the lineups and bustle of corporate coffee chains.
“We like to keep things natural here” says Julian, one of the baristas. Their homestyle mantra is reflected in all aspects of the cafe, from their baked treats, to the earth-toned walls, to the wood furniture.
Owner Phil Morrison and manager Max Waters cater to both the latte lofter, who spends hours sipping from the same mug while reading the newspaper, and the grab-and-go coffee drinker, who swiftly assembles their to-go coffee at the condiments bar which strategically lines the wall parallel to the coffee bar.
My favorite feature of Jimmy’s: the staff storage room, marked “Dungeon: Staff & Dragons Only,” demonstrating the local color of the cafe.
For under $5, you can treat yourself to any of their specialty drinks (lattes, cappuccinos, etc.) and for pocket change ($2-2.50) you can enjoy a solo or double espresso.
Jimmy’s cafe is located on the lower-level of a renovated home at 107 Portland Street. Great music, friendly staff, free internet, and an assortment of cool magazines for cafe use.