Cafe: The Black Canary (previous Bisogno Espresso Bar)
Address: 61 Sherbourne St.
Store Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 7 PM, Sat-Sun 9 AM - 5 PM
Study Appropriate?: Yes
Stamp Cards?: Yes
Drinks - Soy/Almond/Lactose-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Offers their signature nutella latte
- Roasted coffee beans from Rufino and Detour Coffee Roasters
Food - Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options?: Vegan and gluten-free
- Offers vegan muffins
- Offers gluten-free cookies
- Baked goods from Desmond and Beatrice
- Offers bagels from Gryfe's Bagel Bakery
Regular Chai Latte, $4
Drink of Choice: Regular Cafe Latte, $4
The Black Canary Espresso Bar was originally known as Bisogno Espresso Bar. One of the owners' love for comics had them open up a new cafe location attached to the comic book store, Silver Snail, at Yonge and Dundas this past year. The owner, Luthie, corrected me with the fact that Bisogno Espresso Bar's name change happened before the opening of their second location. And although the Black Canary is a comic book superhero from the DC Universe, the cafe was not named purposely after the character.
I personally like the new concept of the cafe in combination with the comic book store. I find that absolutely fun and it adds a uniqueness to the cafe. So once I am done my passport and if I have the time, I think I will drop by their Yonge and Dundas location to check it out and see how it compares to the old location.
For those who are familiar with Bisogno Espresso Bar but haven't dropped by lately, everything about the cafe is still the same asides from the brand change and menu board design (which I really like! Simple and clean but sleek). The cafe itself is set up with large windows, making it a great place to work during the day because I am a fan of having an abundance of sunlight. It has a large table that gives the ability for several people to sit at, along with a couple of small ones to the side. If you want to just chill out, you can lounge on one of their big comfy chairs or on the stools by the windows. It is a popular cafe, especially during lunch hour where people would be coming in non-stop for their cup of coffee. Overall, it's nice cafe downtown that has a comfortable atmosphere for a relaxing latte.