One of the oldest cafes on the Queen East area (has been around for approximately two decades) Tango Palace Coffee has surely found the key to business longevity. Since it would be difficult to single out any one success factor, I shall write what I think has helped keep this place around for so long; and especially during the most recent years when completion has become fierce in the area.
Tango Palace might not capture your attention when passing buy, it might appear as being dark and gloomy. This is not the case however. When you walk into the cafe you will come face to cafe with something unfamiliar, that is an Art Nouveau decor. Stained glass lamps and burgundy coloured chairs add to the interiors’ ambiance. As you eventually make your way to the bar you will be confronted with an extensive variety of treats to choose from. There’s everything from biscotti to dessert squares to danishes and a lot in between. The cafe even has some vegan and gluten-free treats for those most acquired tastes.
For those patrons looking for a savoury taste, they serve organic eats such as lasagna, chili, and paninis all of which are provided from Miss Cora’s Kitchen which is located in the heart of Kensington Market. The cafe ordinarily brews six types of coffee including organic, flavoured and decaf blends. Most of the cafe’s coffee beans are also sold in bulk for reasonable prices. During my visit I had a large americano; it was strong and full of flavour, just the way I like it.
I also noticed while I was enjoying my coffee that people did not stop walking in to buy coffees and treats to go. A lot of the people were regulars and were greeted by their first names, something that indicates that the friendliness of the staff and neighbourly vibe of the cafe have made people coming back for decades. Tango Palace also offers free Wi-Fi to its patrons.
During the summer months the cafe opens up its back patio which faces the park. I must admit however that the patio is not nearly as nice as the interior of the store. Overall Tango Palace Coffee is a cafe well worth visiting when in the Queen East area.
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Tango Palace is open from 7am to 11pm every day. They also offer free WiFi.