Creeds Coffee & Dry Cleaning- Toronto
Walking into Creeds Coffee felt like walking into an elevated version of my favourite college coffee shop (minus the exam pressures and OSAP anxiety).
It’s spacious and open, with large tables occupied by those tapping away on laptops as well as cozy chairs and couches where friends chat over coffee. But for how big and busy it is, it’s never too loud or anything but relaxing. Add in the fact that they were playing some of my favourite songs, and you have my ideal Saturday morning setting.
We strolled up to the counter to take a look at their amazing toast bar, drink menu, and array of baked goods before deciding on the Avocado Toast, Banana Toast, Eggy Scone, and a Matcha Latte. The baristas behind the counter were quick, knowledgable, and super friendly. In any other cafe, that’s where the service ends, right? But not at Creeds–after all, there’s the whole “and Dry Cleaning” part to their name for a reason. At the back of the cafe, you’ll find a counter where you can drop off or pick up your dry cleaning, just as I saw a number of customers doing during my time there. Fresh clothes and fresh coffee all in one place? Who doesn’t love a two-in-one!
Presentation, Quality, and Taste
When my latte comes in a mug that I need both hands to hold, I’m sold. I got their Matcha Latte with almond milk, which was perfectly earthy and smooth–and did I mention huge? Then, I dug into the savoury Eggy Scone: a cheddar, chive, dill, and bacon scone with an egg in the centre, made by Baker and Scone on St Clair West. Kudos to the creator, because it’s definitely my new favourite baked good.
Next up, the toasts. The Avocado Toast features sourdough bread topped with smashed avocado, pickled onions, feta, chili pepper, a squeeze of lemon, and olive oil. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be fresh. The combination of toppings complimented each other well, with the chili pepper adding a needed pop of flavour. If enjoying this avocado toast is the reason I never buy a house in Toronto, I’m okay with that.
The Banana Toast took us to the sweet side with smooth almond butter, banana, berry jam, and maple syrup atop a slice of sourdough. All of this, and yet it wasn’t too sweet–and it definitely gives Wonderbread and Kraft peanut butter a run for their money. We first dove into the bread with forks and knives since the slices are so stacked with toppings, but it’s much easier to eat with your hands. And hey, if some of it drips onto your outfit, you’re only a few steps away from the dry cleaners!
The Bottom Line: 4.5/5 Brookie Stars
If I lived just a bit closer, I could easily see Creeds becoming my go-to spot to write and read. I love how they incorporate local products into their menu, like sourdough bread from Prairie Boy, baked goods from Baker and Scone, and jam from Kitten and Bear. They may not offer a full-on, hashbrowns and waffles kind of breakfast, but trust me, their next-level toasts and delicious lattes more than make up for it!
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Shannon Hodgen is a lifelong writer, DIY enthusiast, and homebody. She satisfies her need to put pen to paper–or, more accurately, fingertips to keyboard–as an agency copywriter, blog contributor, and freelance editor in Toronto.
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