Tag Archives: Kensington Market

Photo of the Week: Toronto’s Garden Car.

While walking around the Kensington Market neighborhood in Toronto this past summer I came up across a hand painted community car filled with grass and soil, the “Garden Car”. Sitting on Augusta Street near Oxford, this car has been a stable of the market in the warmer months since 2006. An interesting mural as a back drop too.

Toronto, Kensington Market Garden Car

Toronto: Stumbling Into “The” Coffee Drink!

Prior to my recent trip to Toronto I came up with a plan of attack for diving into the well-known Toronto coffee scene. I asked for tips and recommendations on the social media channels and did a lot of research online. I had a lot of places on my list to checkout.

In the early morning hours one day I went over to the Kensington Market neighborhood with the intention of roaming around until the coffee shops on my list started opening. While walking around right in the heart of the neighborhood I stumbled upon another coffee shop that was already open, Moonbean Coffee Company.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Walking inside I was immediately drawn to the small-town, cozy, neighborhood like atmosphere.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

I loved checking out the local flyers and information that was pinned right above the cream/sugar station. I felt like I was a part of the community while reading.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Turning around, there were lots of coffee cups above the espresso machine just waiting to be drank out of. On this morning though I felt like getting something different.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

I asked the barista behind the counter for her recommendation on what to get and she was very friendly and suggested an iced mocha. A few minutes later in a taller glass I got a caffeinated beverage filled with big espresso ice cubes and chocolate syrup was hugging the inside. OMG! I just got “The” coffee drink.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto, Iced mocha coffee

Opened since 1995, they are a full-fledged micro roaster of green coffee that people order online from all around Canada. I checked out the coffee beans and roaster as I was consuming the chocolate deliciousness. They also offer plenty of breakfast, lunch and tea options for those that come to hang out in person. They open early and close late seven days a week. Perfect.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Immediately upon hanging out and drinking the iced mocha I knew I would come back. There I was the very next morning enjoying the same iced mocha, this time along the front entrance and outside patio.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto, iced mocha coffee

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

The coffee shop and drink in Toronto that I can’t wait to get back to and experience again, is one that was not even on my radar. When on the lookout for a coffee, or just traveling about in general, keep your eyes open, you never know when you’ll uncover a gem.

If your ever in Toronto and craving a tasty beverage and/or a relaxing neighborhood atmosphere, I suggest heading to the place where I found “The” coffee drink, Moonbean Coffee Company. Yum! 🙂