When I returned from Poissy last year, I missed the cafes so much that I started to look for similar establishments in Toronto.
My starting-point was a web search, but so many cafes list themselves as ‘French style” that are nothing at all like French cafes.
For one thing, North American culture is different from French culture. That’s why cafes in France are, well, French, and cafes here are North American.
Nonetheless over the past four months I have stumbled into two cafes that come close.
This one is on the south-east corner of Church and Isabella streets.
The gaudy north American variety store overshadows the café, but the café outshines every chain coffee shop in Toronto.
The café has a narrow front on Church Street ...
... but extends along Isabella.
Only two years old, it replaced a junk food diner which, I think, was shut down by the city.
The coffee is better than top-class. The first cup is addictive. Strong and overflowing with flavour, as a good coffee should be IMHO.
They have WiFi and power outlets.
The second time I walked in I was recognized as a regular.
What more could I ask for except a friend to wait for while I sip my coffee ...