Dating on a Budget
For me this café is my favourite spot to sit down and read a book. However, after spending an hour or so on the patio reading and taking in my surroundings, I realized that the Rooster Coffee House, with its small charming patio and view of the city, is perfect for a those who are looking to go on a date.
The coffee shop is located in a row of residential houses and is very popular with the locals. My boss always told me how her and her family would go to the establishment every Sunday after their morning stroll. So one day I decided to try it out. I grabbed the book I was currently reading, got on my bike and headed out for the day. When I got there I claimed a prime spot right in front of the sidewalk, where no one could block my view. I got a coffee, sat down and started reading. On occasion, when I looked up from book, I got to see a beautiful eastern view of the city, which is something as a west ender I usually never get to experience. The view of Riverdale Park and the tree canopy shading the Don Valley Recreational Trail is also stunning and I can only imagine what the hill looks like in the winter when it is populated with families on sleds.
Once again this is the perfect place for a date. Now image you are having a day date. Maybe you start by going on a hike or a bike ride on the Don Valley Recreational Trail. Then maybe you make your way to Riverdale Park. On the west side you can visit the historic Riverdale Farm and in Riverdale Park East you can sit on the hill and have a make-out session (I’ve done it at night, it’s pretty hot). After you’ve taken a walk, gone to the farm and had a make-out session, then you head to Rooster Coffee House to grab a drink and something to eat. If you get there at the right time you will most likely see the sun start to set behind the Toronto skyline. Another notable thing to notice while sitting on the patio is the family dynamic in the area. Who knows you could be at the point of your relationship where you may want to settle down and talk family. If kids are not your thing, then you will see plenty of cute dogs to oh and aw over.
Before the hip coffee shop graced the area, residents knew the storefront as the Park Hill Place General Store, which had barred windows, a tacky orange sign and featured sculptures by Demo (it may be something else, I don’t read handwriting). It was a multi-purpose store that had coffee, movies, art and did your dry cleaning. When the Rooster Coffee House purchased the store, they took down the orange sign, painted the white brick and window panes black, took down the bars on the windows and gave a second life to the depressing general store. The owner did keep one thing on the exterior for the general store days and that was the canopy that says “Variety Store” above the entrance way. Other than that the owners restored the former home and made it into a beautiful café.
The coffee shop is a huge hit with the area and is known for its long line ups. I remember my bosses husband drove my boss and I to an event we were hosting and insisted he get something from Rooster Coffee House. As I peered out the window I noticed a line of people waiting to get their nightly tea or coffee fix. According to my boss a line is a normal thing for the establishment especially in the winter when all the parents take their kids to get a hot chocolate after sledding.
Needless to say, the Broadview location had such great success, that the owners thought they would replicate it with a second location on King East. Unlike its older sibling, the King East location has a very bright sign whereas the Broadview location is very subtle.
Whether you want to read a book in peace, go on a date or take your family their after a Sunday stroll, I urge you not to sit inside of this coffee shop, but go outside and take in the stellar view it gives.