Obviously, I didn’t feel right bringing in coffee from another place, so I did what any logical person would do — I shot my macchiato and chugged my Oh Canada like I was auditioning for an Animal House remake. I ventured in, bought a pastry, and then I figured since I was already there, I might as well grab a coffee, right? After all, I needed something to go with my vegan almond bar.
I couldn't decide between the Zombies Never Sleep (cold brew, espresso, and milk) or the Zombie Runner Chai (black tea, spices, and milk), so I got them both. And then I got an espresso because if I'm going to judge a coffee place, I should also try just their plain espresso. Don't judge me.
So, now armed with my three coffees and my pastry, I found a table in the shade outside the shop and proceeded to enjoy the delicious dairy-free pasty. It was gooey in all the right ways, definitely not dry, and was neither helped nor hurt by the coffee pairings.
In terms of the coffee, I found the Zombie Runner Chai to be too sweet for my tastes. However, the espresso was solid and featured the right amount of acidity, as I would expect from a good coffee place. But the Zombies Never Sleep was my all-time favorite. Espresso AND cold brew in one drink? Yes, please! (For those keeping track, yes, I had five coffee drinks in just under an hour, and no, I don't regret it.)
Palo Alto Cafe
I grew up just a few blocks from Palo Alto Cafe
, so it’s not hard to understand why it has a soft spot in my heart. Before I drank coffee (yes, I had a time Before Coffee — B.C.!) I would stop by on my bicycle and get a hot chocolate after ice skating practice or a sandwich after karate practice.
Now that I appreciate coffee, I love stopping in for just a cup of their house-roasted coffee or espresso. They roast their own beans, which means it always smells amazing. They also have reliable Wi-Fi, so I find myself in Midtown during the week. Is it a fancy coffee bar? No. Do they do the staples well? Absolutely.
Honorable Mention: Philz Coffee
While it may not be in my top favorites, it’s worth noting that Philz Coffee receives honorable mentions in my book! I love Philz Coffee, and the Midtown Philz was my first introduction to this shop. The bright, colorful mural might have originally drawn me in, but it’s the excellent pour-over that’s kept me coming back for years, time and time again.
The Midtown location is small, with limited indoor seating. This makes it a cozy and warm environment where you’ll instantly feel at home. The main draw is the outdoor patio, which is shared with the cafe next door. Though it’s often busy, I’ve never personally had a problem finding outdoor seating. Of course, the earlier you get here, the easier it'll be to find seating — and parking!
The Downtown Philz offers more indoor seating, and it’s always bustling with people coming and going. Due to its close proximity to the train station and offices downtown, the downtown shop rarely has a quiet moment. I love the mismatched, comfortable chairs and couches, which bring a colorful and comfortable atmosphere into the shop. There’s little I love more than sinking into a corner of one of these plush chairs with a book and large ambrosia.
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