photo by Lili Watson
It’s open only breakfast through lunch, but Café Medina is a must. Slide into a banquette along the wall of windows, facing the open kitchen and the bustling barista station, and take in the scent of merguez lamb sausage and espresso. Ingredients are local, down to the Canadian heritage grains, but the menu is as global as your mind can wander. Double that for the cocktails. I recommend starting with a Saman-yolu, a savory blend of gin, Fernet Branca, Odd Society crème de cassis, juniper-and-black-tea syrup that will spoil you for iced tea for life. Don’t forget to save room for house-infused crème de cacao–spiked coffee with your Liège waffles with salted caramel. Café Medina reinforces that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and breakfast cocktails are the best idea in the universe.