Innovation cafes have been making their way around the major chains lately, and the latest to debut is a swanky, modern cafe from a Canadian favourite.
After a morning spent around the sun, her flowers, rain, and many mosquitoes, we found ourselves in Hamilton in search of lunch. I had originally mapped out a cafe along King St, and as we were walking over, my two friends got distracted by the cafe with its windows open, welcoming us in.
I just came back from a week in Vancouver, and living in Gastown, we made it our mission to get our daily caffeine kick from a new place every morning.
Finch’s was not originally on my shortlist of cafes I made before we came, but we passed by it one morning and thought it was adorable – so we made a mental note to come back another morning.
My friend raved about a place on Main Street Markham called Inspire, calling it a fusion restaurant (the restaurant itself does describe itself as modern, fusion). I am generally skeptical regarding fusion foods cause generally is mediocre, and often a way to describe food that may have conflicting flavours.
This wasn’t the case here; Inspire actually reminds me of Banh Mi Boys, with a Asian spin on traditionally North American foods, but more restaurant-style than take-out counter. The items we tried were executed well, and is a welcome addition to the choices offered on Main Street.
My sister told me to try this place back in 2012, and I finally ventured over on November day. Ever since then, Banh Mi Boys is a place I definitely frequent whenever I’m in the area. Their success shows – they opened another location soon after at Yonge and Gerrard, near Ryerson University.
This cute play on words is located in the food court at Village by the Grange, a popular lunch location. Mean Bao also means quite literally “bread” in Cantonese, and this location is known for their steamed buns, or bao.