Toronto’s Top 5 Ethnic Cool Restaurants: 1 Hr Cafe (#5)

Posted by Caroline Teng & filed under Food, Life.

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Located just south of College on Spadina, 1 Hr cafe is a neat and refreshing difference to Chinatown. The cafe sports super comfortable beanbag chairs which will scream at you to walk in, and wonderfully unique cutlery—their cups have round bases! The interior is simple and cosy with ambient lighting and there are neat coat hangers on the wall so you don’t have to worry about your coat getting in your way. The architecture is as much a part of the cafe as the menu is.

Whilst the menu is rather limited (six or seven main items), it does have dessert items and a unique variety of bubble tea flavours like red bean and white peach. The mains are all Chinese-Taiwanese dishes that have an authentic feel to them. The food that is served is visually enticing; everything is impeccably arranged. Meal portions are just right for a small-to-medium eater. If you are a large eater I don’t recommend you go there for a full meal. Their drinks and desserts are somewhat overpriced but if you think you’re going to be there for awhile, $4.99 won’t feel so painful.

1 Hr attracts students and young adults in general with its spacious and comfortable setting. However, it is a little pricey and something of a small indulgence (especially with the amount of relaxing it encourages). This place is great for catching up with friends over bubble tea and a simple meal.

1 Hr Cafe
435 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2G6

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